Yamaha RX-A3000

The Yamaha RX-A3000 is part of a new line of premium receivers, which includes support for 3D, internet streaming and high-end audio format FLAC.

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Yamaha has unveiled a new range of "premium" receivers, which are designed to sit apart from the company's V range. Yamaha is offering three models: the RX-A1000 (AU$1799), RX-A2000 (AU$2199) and the RX-A3000 (AU$2499).

Features of the range include a stronger chassis, with improvements including a double-layer base construction (A3000) and a fifth leg in the centre to support the heaviest part of the internals — the power transformer.

The receivers will be some of the best connected on the market with iPod hook-up (via the included YDS-12 dock), Ethernet, USB and an unprecedented amount of HDMI inputs with eight in and two out.

The HDMI inputs are version 1.4 compatible and support 3D throughput and the Audio Return Channel (ARC). ARC is useful because it allows two-way audio over a single HDMI cable, which means you can route the audio of your TV tuner through your receiver without the need for an optical cable.

If you're interested in digital music then the Yamaha's Ethernet and USB ports allow for a large number of playable audio files with MP3, WMA, WAV, MPEG-4 AAC, FLAC supported up to a maximum 96kHz/24-bit. Internet radio is also on offer.

Video quality is also assured with the provision of the HQV Vida video processor allowing for high-quality scaling.

The receivers also allow web control through a browser, which could be handy for home automation or even controlling via an iPhone, though no specific app is available.

The receivers will be available from specialist dealers only in October and November 2010.