Last year we started hearing about first receivers equipped with HDMI 2.1, which means they need to be able to control resolutions as high as 8K, as well as the 120Hz 4K content pumped into new game consoles. Unfortunately, compatibility for HDMI 2.1 features not as consistent as we expected, and many receiver makers inform customers they are aware of a problem that specifically affects the Xbox Series X when you try to play 4K / 120Hz games.
Today Yamaha announces a new line of high-end Aventage receivers in 2021 that’s the debut you might be interested in. the RX-A8A, RX-A6A and RX-A4A has 11-, 9- and 7-channel features, respectively. After the bat, Yamaha said that HDMI 2.1 features such as 4K / 120Hz, 8K / 60Hz, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Automatic Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Quick Frame Transport (QFT) and Quick Media Switching (QMS) are not at launch.
The company says they will run through future updates, and Engadget has confirmed that an update will also address the Xbox Series X pairing. those who want to use any of the features need to plug their console directly into the TV and use HDMI eARC to pipe the audio to the receiver.
Support for 3D audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS: X is provided, and they support Dolby Vision across all HDMI inputs. They also come with a microphone to analyze your interior acoustics and calibrate audio output, plus support for assistants like Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant. The two higher-end models will add Auro 3D with an update, which Yamaha claims will create “virtual, three-dimensional virtual soundcapes that move the listener.”
Given the current state of HDMI 2.1 support, I don’t blame you for waiting until updates are confirmed to address any compatibility issues before purchasing one of these. But when they go on sale this summer, the RX-A8A will cost $ 3,000, the RX-A6A will be $ 2,200 and the RX-A4A will be $ 1,300.
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