While many of Yamaha’s competitors appear keen to embrace digital amplification, the UK’s biggest specialist home cinema brand appears unconvinced of its benefits. All of the company’s 2006-2007 AV receivers employ traditional analogue powerplants.
Yamaha’s Product and Marketing Manager Hiroshi Kondo, explains: “One reason we have ruled out such a move is the sound characteristics of modern digital amplification. It does not yet reach our standard. Of course, we continue to study the technology and we have a lot of choice when it comes to using digital LSIs, but the sound quality is not yet at the level we want. We currently have no plans to put digital amps into our AV products.”
New from Yamaha this year are the RX-N600 DAB receiver, DSP-AX759SE amplifier (pictured above), RX-V559 DAB receiver, the RX-V2700 (an update on the best-selling RX-V2600) receiver, HDMI-ready RX-V1700 receiver, RX-V459 DAB receiver and entry-level RX-V359 receiver.