Yamaha Middle East AV Forum 2018: Showcasing the future of Hi-Fi
March 8, 2018

Consider audio, and Japanese audio giant Yamaha comes to the forefront. A mainstay in audiophile circles for many decades, Yamaha has successfully taken its place as an end consumer hi-fi manufacturer in recent years. Whether it be multi-room systems, soundbars or their classical receivers and floor standing speakers, Yamaha is truly one of the few brands to still possess a portfolio that caters to every category of the listener.

Yamaha invited us to a very limited briefing where they showcased products and trends they will be focusing on in 2018. Sadly, due to the sensitive nature of some of the material, much of what we saw shall stay unwritten till the product launches. But there were a few easy highlights that we took away, both from a product as also conceptual perspective.

Yamaha HPH-W300

Yes indeed, Yamaha is making a comeback to the headphone space with the HPH-W300. Yamaha was a standard in the headphone space, with devices like the Orthodynamic YH1 headphones but it sort of moved away from the space. It comes back into the segment with the very worthy HPH-W300. These high resolution Bluetooth headphones comes with 40mm drivers, aptX support and a true high fidelity wired connection.

Yamaha YSP-5600


This is the moment the soundbar went truly all-enveloping. Think a massive 44 speakers driven by independent amplifier circuits to create 7-channel surround beams. End result? Yamaha’s flagship soundbar creates room-engulfing 3D surround sound equivalent to 7.1.2 channels from a single unit . Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatible, the YSP-5600 is also compatible with MusicCast.

Yamaha RX-A870


This brilliant flagship goes all-bells ringing, and pleasantly surprises. The 7.2-channel Aventage RX-A870 AV receiver features Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for surround sound realism. With meticulous construction, symmetrical amplifier layout, and low-jitter digital circuitry come together to ensure precise stereo imaging.

Yamaha MCR-N870 Micro System


This is many things, with an exterior design inherited from Yamaha’s HiFi tradition. The CD player is equipped with a network player function, as also features like variable-speed buffering that stabilises the rotation rate of the disk, holding down vibration and mechanical noise during play.  Plus, with Bluetooth, you can stream hires music for a private listening session.

Yamaha WXAD-10

The AV world is fast changing, especially from a connectivity standpoint. Which makes this devices an absolute must-have. Want to take advantage of Yamaha’s proprietary MusicCast multi-room system, but have slightly older equipment? Buy one of these units, and you are plugged in and set to share!

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2015 and 2016. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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