Yamaha bringing AirPlay 2 to soundbars & receivers, HDMI eARC to receivers

16 Apr 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |

Later this month, Yamaha will add AirPlay 2 compatibility to 15 of its soundbars, wireless speakers, and receivers. 23 receivers will gain HDMI eARC.

Yamaha AirPlay 2 update

Yamaha says that by adding AirPlay 2 users will be able to stream music from Apple Music and other streaming services to Yamaha speakers throughout the home.

- "Support for Apple AirPlay 2, adding the ability to stream Apple Music and other streaming services from your iPhone, iPad, HomePod and Mac to multiple Yamaha devices and other AirPlay 2-enabled speakers – simultaneously, perfectly in sync and throughout your home. And, with Siri on your iPhone, iPad, HomePod and AirPods, you can control what's playing in every part of your home with just your voice," the company said.

The update will start rolling out from late April. A full list of compatible products can be found in the table at the bottom.

In addition, Yamaha will add support for Spotify Connect with free Spotify accounts, Actions on Google (Assistant), and Qobuz streaming.

- "With these firmware updates, we're giving our customers more choices for how they enjoy their favorite music and audio content. Plus, they now have the option to use their favorite voice assistant, whether it's Siri, the Google Assistant or Alexa, to control the experience throughout their homes," said Alex Sadeghian, director, Consumer Audio, Yamaha Corporation of America.

AirPlay 2 is also supported on speakers and receivers from Marantz, Denon, Bang & Olufsen, Sonos, BlueSound, and Apple.

Also read: AirPlay 2 compatible speakers from B&O, B&W, Bose, Bluesound, Sonos, others

 Yamaha AirPlay 2 products

Yamaha HDMI eARC support

In addition, Yamaha is bringing HDMI eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel) support to a total of 23 AV receivers. HDMI eARC allows a compatible TV to output or pass-through lossless audio quality from the HDMI eARC port to a soundbar or receiver.

Also read: HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) and eARC explained

- "Addition of eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel) feature to 2017 and 2018 AV receivers will support uncompressed audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, and object-based surround such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X," said Yamaha.

The HDMI eARC update will start rolling out from late April.

Yamaha - AirPlay 2 compatible products

- MusicCast 20 and MusicCast 50 wireless speakers
- MusicCast BAR 400 sound bar
- RX-Ax80 Series AV receivers
- RX-Vx85 Series AV receivers
- RX-S602 slimline AV receiver
- ATS-4080 sound bar
- TSR-7850 AV receiver
- CX-A5200 AV preamp/processor
- XDA-QS5400 MusicCast Multi-Room Streaming Amplifier
- MusicCast VINYL 500 turntable.

Yamaha - HDMI eARC compatible products

- RX-Ax80 Series AV receivers
- RX-Ax70 Series AV receivers
- RX-Vx85 Series AV receivers
- RX-Vx83 Series AV receivers
- RX-S602 Slimline AV receiver
- TSR-7850 AV receiver
- TSR-5830 AV receiver
- CX-A5200 AV preamp/processor
- Source: Yamaha

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