Yamaha has introduced two new Blu-ray players: the BD-S680 ($329.95) and the Aventage BD-A1060 ($549.95). Both products are Full HD, 3D-capable Blu-ray players that also support SACD playback. While they do not support the new Ultra HD Blu-ray format, these players do offer 4K upscaling, as well as built-in Wi-Fi to support wireless music streaming. The BD-A1060 (shown here) is targeted at the audiophile and features a 192-kHz/32-bit DAC, a high-purity power supply, independent circuit boards with a magnetic shield between them, and two channels of professional-grade XLR audio outputs. Both models will be available this month.
Yamaha has introduced its BD-S681 and high-performance BD-A1060 Blu-ray Disc players. Built on legendary Yamaha expertise in engineering systems capable of superb tonal and imaging excellence, both models are adept at reproducing sound, music and video with the quality for which the company is known.
The Yamaha BD-S681 and AVENTAGE BD-A1060 employ advanced 4K Ultra HD upscaling technology to turn high-definition source material into crystal clear images for today's premium big-screen 4K televisions.
"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 have built-in Wi-Fi networking to access BD Live extra features on supporting Blu-ray Discs. The Wi-Fi Direct feature allows the streaming of music directly from a mobile device to the player for viewing on a TV.
Moreover, both Blu-ray Disc players offer support for full HD Blu-ray Discs, 3D Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, SACDs and standard audio CDs, among others. To further improve CD music playback, a CD Mode has been added on both models to reduce disc revolution by 30 percent, thereby reducing unwanted disc vibration to ensure music is free of signal noise and remains bright and lifelike.
The Yamaha BD-S681 is designed to complement the Yamaha RX-V 81 line of AV receivers in styling and operation. Fans of high-res audio will appreciate the player's USB port and integrated 192-kHz/24-bit DAC that supports DSD streams up to 5.6 MHz, FLAC and Apple Lossless (ALAC) music files.
The AVENTAGE BD-A1060 redefines excellence by including a 192-kHz/32-bit DAC, a high-purity power supply and independent circuit boards with a magnetic shield between them.
Offering a front panel made of high-grade aluminum and internal steel dampening plates for rigidity, the AVENTAGE BD-A1060 takes Blu-ray Disc and CD audio enjoyment to the next level by minimizing signal degradation and errors due to disc vibration.
Audiophiles and enthusiasts looking to provide clear and powerful music presentations on a large scale will appreciate the two channels of professional-grade XLR audio terminals on the AVENTAGE BD-A1060. The secure and clean connection allows for long cable runs while relaying a balanced signal from the DAC to the next XLR-ready component in the system.
Pricing and Availability
The Yamaha BD-S681 ($329.95 MSRP) will be available in mid-July, and the AVENTAGE BD-A1060 ($549.95 MSRP) will ship in late July 2016.
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