Yamaha $650 Slimline Receiver Gets Skinny with Amazon Alexa

The new $650 Yamaha RX-S602 Slimline A/V Receiver provides a choice of home theater processing modes, Amazon Alexa voice control, and Dolby Vision.

Yamaha $650 Slimline Receiver Gets Skinny with Amazon Alexa

The new Yamaha RX-S602 Slimline A/V receiver will be available in August for $650.

Listening to the concerns of homeowners worried about the size of A/V equipment, Yamaha has debuted its new small footprint $650 RX-S602 Yamaha Slimline A/V receiver, along with a choice of home theater options.

The RX-S602 stands just 4.5-inches high, and it supports 5.1 theater applications, as well as wireless whole-house audio through the inclusion of the company's MusicCast platform. It also offers Amazon Alexa voice control capabilities. 

“The RX-S602 makes powerful surround sound a reality for those living in a limited amount of space,” comments Robert Goedken, general manager, A/V division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “With MusicCast surround capability, in addition to Alexa voice control, this slimline receiver opens up a broad range of wireless options for the compact home audio setup.”

Integrators can assemble a 5.1 system with left, center, right and wireless speakers for left and right rear surrounds. The wireless whole-house MusicCast platform enables integrators to setup a whole-house audio system that streams content over Wi-Fi to any MusicCast-enabled component. 

Yamaha Adds Alexa Voice Control & 4K Video Support 

Yamaha's latest receiver incorporates voice control via the Amazon Alexa family of products, with additional support from Yamaha's own MusicCast skill, available for download in the Alexa store. 

The RX-S602 also supports 4K video at 60fps, and high dynamic range (HDR) formats such as Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). 

The receiver also includes wireless Bluetooth, Wi-Fi networking, Apple AirPlay and Spotify Connect. It also supports a variety of streaming services inlcuding Pandora, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer and Napster, and incorporates a Zone 2 option allowing for the transmission of audio from an independent source to a separate set of speakers. 

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The RX-S602 A/V receiver also incorporates Yamaha's YPAO auto-calibration and Cinema DSP technologies, helping integrators fine tune the sound quality.

YPAO measures the room acoustics and system response and adjusts the receiver's output for the best possible sound. Yamaha says its Cinema DSP 3D allows integrators to create sound fields like movie theaters and concert halls within their clients' home spaces. 

The RX-S602 Slimline A/V receiver will be available this upcoming August.

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Robert Archer
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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


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