Yamaha debuts RX-Z9: 9.1 channel receiver

Features include massive 9-channel power amplification (170W x 7, 50W x 2 for a total of 1,290W) and Yamaha’s Digital ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology). The high current amplification system uses a symmetrical drive and full push/pull circuit configuration with a FET input stage. The large toroidal transformer and large capacity block chemical condenser (28,000µF) help provide a stable power supply.

The RX-Z9 decodes most formats, including Dolby Digital–EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS-ES Discrete, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1, DTS 96/24 and Neo:6.

Yamaha’s new digital sound field processing—HD CINEMA DSP—uses four 32-bit proprietary LSIs, providing a range of music and movie sound reproduction. Up to 51 surround programs offer a vast range of listening options, including a SILENT CINEMA mode for enjoying surround-like sound through headphones, and THX Ultra II post processing.

The RX-Z9 delivers video quality via direct component video up-conversion, which ensures higher-quality with signal input. Other features include Progressive Scan Video Output, Time Base Corrector, Motion Adaptive Noise Reduction, plus Faroudja’s DCDi and TrueLife Enhancer processing. Using LSIs and circuit technology, the RX-Z9 delivers audio and video quality while providing user-friendly home theater system management.

Another new feature is YPAO (Yamaha Automatic Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer), which provides room audio optimization automatically at the touch of a button. With the YPAO, the RX-Z9 will automatically analyze and optimize room acoustics at the user’s listening position using a parametric EQ.

An intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI) provides quick access and control of all functions. Additional audio features include iLink Digital audio Interface for SACD/DVD-Audio, Pure Direct mode for high quality 2-channel sound reproduction and heavy-duty chassis construction with separate chambers.

The RX-Z9 offers a range of inputs and outputs, plus the custom- installation-friendly RS-232C interface and extended IR codes for customized home theater installations.

The RX-Z9 MSRP is $4,499 and will be available in the late Fall.

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