Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Yamaha takes 24-hour lead in A/V receiver war | Crave : The gadget blog

Yamaha takes 24-hour lead in A/V receiver war | Crave : The gadget blog: "the RX-V861 is no slouch: in addition to the usual assortment of high-end audio goodies (
  • auto speaker calibration,
  • multizone operation,
  • built-in XM satellite capability,
  • 105 watts per channel), it's got
  • two Simplay HD-certified 1080p-capable HDMI inputs, and--just as important--
  • it can upscale analog video sources to HD resolutions.

What it's missing, of course, is a few of the keystone features we're expecting in the true 'next-gen' receivers due later this year: namely,
  • HDMI 1.3 and
  • built-in support for
    • Dolby True HD,
    • Dolby Digital Plus, and
    • DTS HD Master Audio (the super-high-def soundtracks found on HD DVD and Blu-ray discs)."
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