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 September will begin the process of upgrading most of its A/V receivers from HDMI 1.3 to HDMI 1.4a. According to this report, the change will help the company "repeat all of the 3D video formats outlined in the HDMI 1.4a spec."
For the first time in the company's history, Pioneer is making options such as 3-D-ready HDMI 1.4 inputs/outputs, Dolby ProLogic IIz post processing, Pioneer Front Wide post processing and stereo Bluetooth available in its A/V receivers. The features first will be offered with the company's 5.1-channel AVRs that begin shipping this month.
During the 12-month period ended in September, retailers increased newspaper ads to promote A/V receivers 5%, to more than 27,700 placements, according to a study by IFR Monitoring. The report also said Sony's receivers attracted 20.4% of retailers' AVR placements, followed by Yamaha with 19.3% and Denon with 18.3%.