All audiophiles know that having a good AV receiver is imperative for a high performance home theatre setup. So Yamaha has just launched their Aventage lineup of receivers to try and both cater to the audiophile, as well as the growing generation of people who think the iPhone is the ultimate AV device.
The flagship model - the RX-A3000 - will cost $2,499, and is sporting HDMI 1.4 for 3D support. In addition to fully customisable SD video upscaling, the A3000 also offers three zone support, has eight HDMI inputs and two outputs, all supporting the audio return channel. The built-in network support allows for internet radio, streaming music from your PC (including FLAC support), and DLNA 1.5, but also complete web control via anything with a web browser.
The downside with the browser is that it's not app-based, although Yamaha have admitted that they are hoping to introduce app controls in the future.
While we're on control, all the new Aventage lineup has full support for Control4, Crestron and AMX custom controllers for professional installations, and all models will come with a $179 YDS-12 iPod dock included in the price.
There are also a few lower end models which don't offer the same power output or quite the same level of customisation in terms of video upscaling, but still have similar features and build quality. All Aventage receivers will be available exclusively through specialist dealers.