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Yamaha unveils 2017 receivers with Bluetooth output and 4K compatibility

Yamaha will have four models starting at $300 which include Bluetooth headphone output and compatibility with HDR video sources.

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The $450 Yamaha RX-V483 is the first model in the range to include Wi-Fi music

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Yamaha has announced its 2017 range of RX-V receivers which boast compatibility with 4K/HDR video and Bluetooth headphone listening.

The range consists of four models beginning at $300 RX-V383, followed by the $450 RX-V483, the $550 RX-V583 and the $650 RX-V683.

The entry-level RX-V383 is a 5.1-channel receiver which offers 70 W per channel with stereo material. As with last year the base model lacks Wi-Fi but still includes Bluetooth in as well as out to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. In addition to a USB input it also includes four HDMI ports with support for the latest 4K signals (Dolby Vision and HDR10).

Trading up to the RX-V483 brings Wi-Fi music in the form of Yamaha's MusicCast system (which soon will boast support for Tidal and Deezer) as well as AirPlay and Spotify. But most other features including the number of HDMI ports remain the same. Like the V383 the V484 is also a 5.1-channel receiver but it gets a modest increase in power to 80 W per channel in stereo.

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The rear panel of the Atmos-toting RX-V683

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If you want Dolby Atmos or DTS:X support then the 7.1-channel RX-V583 or RX-V683 are the models for you. Disappointingly the V583 doesn't add any more HDMI ports though -- four is a little stingy -- while the 683 gets you six. Also despite the extra channels the RX-V583 still has the same power rating as the 483 and trading up to the V683 nets you a 90W/ch bump.

Additionally the RX-V683 also includes a phono input for the budding turntable buyer, even though the company doesn't offer vinyl players of its own.

The RX-V383 and RX-V483 are expected in April while the RX-V583 and RX-V683 are anticipated in May.