Yamaha has introduced the 5.1-channel RX-V473 and 7.1-channel RX-V573 AV receivers, both of which can play music streamed wirelessly through Apple's AirPlay software. Each model has four HDMI ports as well as USB inputs in the front for plugging in iPads, iPhones or iPods. The company's entry-level pricing for networked AVRs has been reduced to $399 from $549.
Pioneer Electronics will soon begin shipping a new line of A/V receivers under its Elite brand umbrella. The five new offerings will feature built-in AirPlay support for steaming music from an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or iTunes library on a PC or Mac as well as Ethernet connectivity, an optional Wi-Fi adapter and compatibility with Pioneer's second-generation iPhone/iPad app, iControl AV2.
Harman Kardon in the coming months will roll out new A/V receivers with a number of upgrades, including built-in vTuner Internet radio software, DLNA certification and the ability to stream music from networked PCs. The company also plans to expand its BDS series of Blu-ray-equipped home theater systems and deliver its first Apple AirPlay product.
Denon has taken the wraps off a new line of AV receivers that will fall under the IN-Command brand umbrella. The "IN" stands for "integrated network," and all the devices feature support for AirPlay's Wi-Fi network, which allows users to wirelessly tap into the iTunes-based content. According to this report, the company's AVR-2112CI, AVR-2312CI and AVR-3312CI will be priced at $599, $799 and $999, respectively.
Pioneer has announced a number of added features in its Elite series of A/V receivers, including 3-D functionality, Bluetooth connectivity and Dolby Pro Logic IIz post processing. The series now begins with an opening price point of $550 as opposed to $700.