Yamaha’s 2006 range of home cinema receivers will introduce a new feature, called Music Enhancer. The brand, which has pioneered the use of DSP processing to mimic acoustic environments over the past decade, has now used its experience to create an algorithm designed to make data reduced music formats like MP3 sound more like CD.
Product and Marketing Manager Hiroshi Kondo says that his engineers created the Music Enhancer by listening and analysing the mid-range of orginal CDs in order to determine exactly what was missing.
“The end result is not exactly hi-fi,” he admits, “but it makes data-reduced music sound more enjoyable.”
The new models, led by the network-ready RX-N600D DAB receiver, are also compatible with the brand’s YDS-10 iPod dock (pictured below), which allows all iPod content to be accessed via the receiver’s remote control. For uses of MP3 USB key devices, there’s also a USB slot on the front of the receivers.