Yamaha's latest batch of Aventage Theater Amplifiers continue to trickle in. The latest to arrive is the brand new RX-A860 and RX-A1060. It seems this year is more of a refinement than a full over-haul.
Last year the RX-A1050 was by far the most popular of the bunch and yet again it's easy to see why. This is the first in the range to go to the full sized chassis. With full support for Zone 2 Audio and HDMI, it's a very flexible, grunty and beautiful amplifier.
With the improved DSP and Sub-woofer EQ, this is set to be the most popular amplifier in this category yet again. Streaming support in Zone 2 is also improved.
Also, a very welcome change, with the replacement of the white plastic cover on the top of the unit with a black metal grill. Looks a lot more slick
The RX-A860 is in a more compact design, but still packs an unbelievable amount of features into the box. With a powerful 7 channel amplifier alongside full MusicCast support and a full suite of streaming capabilities, there's very little this guy cannot do.
Over last years model, the new RX-A860 will now decode DTS:X and Dolby Atmos soundtracks as well as having a more advanced Room Equalisation function.
Overall both of these models seem to be a relatively subtle improvement over last years model. Still, it just goes to show how far ahead of the pack Yamaha is, when these models still well outperform anything in the category from all other manufacturers.