Yamaha delivers AirPlay 2, streaming and voice control to home audio products

Yamaha is adding  a series of upcoming firmware and app updates for existing products. This month, the company’s home audio lines, which include a sound bar, wireless speakers and AV receivers, will start offering Apple AirPlay 2 support, Qobuz high-res streaming services and expanded Spotify Connect capabilities. Additionally, as of today, over 70 Yamaha audio products will get support for Actions on Google through an update to the Yamaha MusicCast app.

These features join existing in-built services, including Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Deezer, TIDAL and Napster, as well as high-resolution audio support, voice control via an Alexa device, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Firmware updates will also add eARC (enhanced audio return channel) functionality to 23 AV receivers.

“Our line of home audio products features some of the most robust hardware in the industry. We’ve been meticulously focused on building on that foundation to enhance the value our customers derive from our latest products through a series of free firmware updates,” said Alex Sadeghian, director, Consumer Audio, Yamaha Corporation of America. “With these firmware updates, we’re giving our customers more choices for how they enjoy their favorite music and audio content. Plus, they now have the option to use their favorite voice assistant, whether it’s Siri, the Google Assistant or Alexa, to control the experience throughout their homes.”

The firmware updates and MusicCast app updates will start on April 16 (today). Those who have registered their products will also receive email notifications when new updates are available. Users will be automatically prompted to install the firmware via the MusicCast app.

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