Posted Thu Jul 14, 2016 at 04:30 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
Two new Blu-ray players with 4K upscaling have been revealed.
Yamaha has detailed the latest additions to its home theater lineup. The BD-S681 ($329.95) and BD-A1060 ($549.95) Blu-ray players are both set to start shipping next month.
"Yamaha Blu-ray Disc players have always delivered the most immersive experiences in picture quality and music fidelity and our latest models continue that tradition," said Bob Goedken, general manager, AV division, Yamaha Corporation of America. "The Yamaha BD-S681 and AVENTAGE BD-A1060 seamlessly and effortlessly deliver the highest quality playback of multiple audio and video formats and provide 4K video upscaling with the precision and reliability our customers expect."
Both models use advanced 4K Ultra HD upscaling technology to enhance HD content on Ultra HD displays. Likewise, the players include support for full HD Blu-ray Discs, 3D Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, SACDs and standard audio CDs. In addition, each model offers integrated Wi-Fi connectivity and a Wi-Fi Direct mode, allowing users to access BD Live extra features on Blu-ray Discs and stream music directly from a mobile device to the player. Designed to complement the Yamaha RX-V 81 line of AV receivers, the BD-S681 features similar styling and operation, along with a USB port and an integrated 192 kHz / 24-bit DAC for DSD streams up to 5.6 MHz, FLAC and Apple Lossless (ALAC) music files. Meanwhile, the AVENTAGE BD-A1060 incorporates a 192 kHz / 32-bit DAC, a high-purity power supply, and independent circuit boards with a magnetic shield between them.
Beyond the company's two new Blu-ray players, Yamaha also recently announced the WX-010 Wireless Speaker ($200) and the YSP-2700 Sound Bar ($1,200). Both products offer support for Yamaha's MusicCast wireless multiroom audio technology. With MusicCast, users can stream music through a simple Android or iOS app, and easily link to other MusicCast speakers, AV receivers and Hi-Fi gear in other rooms to share music throughout the home.
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