Yamaha’s New Slimline AVR Has Bluetooth Output

Yamaha is expanding its Slimline series of AV receivers, which includes the Top Pick winning RX-S600 introduced last year.

Standing just over 4 inches tall, the new 5.1-channel RX-S601 network receiver, intended for limited space environments such as small apartments, will be available this month for $650.

The receiver supports 4K Ultra HD passthrough, HDCP 2.2 copy protection, high-resolution music playback, and is compatible with Yamaha's MusicCast wireless multiroom audio system, bringing the list of MusicCast-capable products to around 20.

Yamaha says the S601 is also the first receiver to support Bluetooth as both a wireless input and output, allowing audio streamed from a phone or tablet to be simultaneously streamed from the receiver to other Bluetooth-capable devices.

Highlights at a Glance

  • 5 x 60 watts (6 ohms, 0.09% THD)
  • Burr-Brown 192-kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters
  • Bluetooth wireless streaming with Compressed Music Enhancer, Wi-Fi and Wireless Direct with support for AirPlay, Spotify, and Pandora streaming services
  • Supports DSD, FLAC, WAV, AIFF ( up to 24-bit/192 kHz), and Apple Lossless music file formats
  • Six HDMI inputs/one output, front-panel USB port
  • 4K Ultra HD pass-through with HDCP 2.2 support (one HDMI input/output)
  • Yamaha Cinema DSP 3D, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio surround-sound processing
  • YPAO automatic speaker setup/calibration
  • Zone 2 audio with Party Mode
  • Control via Yamaha’s AV Controller and MusicCast apps (iOS and Android)
More information is available at usa.yamaha.com.

Tommylee99's picture

It will be $650 list.
Good idea, as most AVRs are big boxes with a lot of empty space inside.

machielg's picture

The sony DN1060 was the first Bluetooth transmitting receiver.