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Yamaha Gives Their Aventage AVRs A Gaming Boost

Yamaha have decided to address the concerns over some sorely missed features in their high end Aventage range of home cinema amplifiers, revealing a new firmware update. Version V1.65 has been made available for the 3 highest models in the range, the RX-A8A, the RX-A6A and the RX-A4A.

The announcement of the Aventage line-up churned up excitement amongst consumers thanks to an impressive list of specs. However, specifications and features were to be taken with a hint of salt, as the devices were plagued with conditions and compatibility issues. For example, the Aventage range offer wide-ranging HDMI 2.1 support, a feature that is yet to become mainstream. However, full compatibility is still not available, and will be rolled out slowly via several updates.

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The update allows receivers to passthrough [email protected] and [email protected] signals from any compatible device, including PCs, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Consoles. Alongside this, Yamaha have added HDR10+ video support.

The ability to play games at a smooth frame rate with a high resolution is a major selling point for the product, particularly for those who couch game in high end home entertainment studios. Doubling down on this, Yamaha plan to add Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) Quick Media Switching (QMS) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT).

Those with compatible Aventage boxes will have to download the latest 1.65 version of the firmware via network update, or load it onto a USB, and then set their HDMI settings to ‘8K mode’.

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