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Yamaha neoHD Media Controller Released

Written on Jun 29, 2009 by Brian and filed under Yamaha

The Yamaha neoHD family of products gives consumers total control of all home and Internet components and sources connected to a home theater system. The newHD line uses a single remote control and intuitive on-screen menus to make it easy to navigate through all of the various home theater inputs, along with making it simple to access content that is often stored on multiple devices around the home.

yamaha neoHD media controller

When the Yamaha neoHD system is powered on, the media controller and TV power up and start the user with a simple menu that has three options; “Watch,” “Listen,” or “Play.” From there the user selects a more specific activity like; Watch Movie or Watch Live TV. Depending on the option selected, the proper components turn on and will appear on the screen. They’ll also be manageable by the neoHD remote control. neoHD can control up to six AV components through its remote control and three IR outputs on the Media Controller’s back panel. For quick setup, remote control codes from most manufacturers are embedded into the neoHD Media Controller.

The Yamaha neoHD comes in several configurations:

  • neoHD YMC-500
  • neoHD WiFi YMC-700 with WiFi/Ethernet compatibility
  • neoHD System 2.1 YMC-S21  - YMC-500 Media Controller with two speakers and subwoofer

yamah neoHD YMC-S21

All neoHD models feature HD quality audio playback (Dolby TrueHD) and three HDMI inputs. The YMC-700’s WiFi compatibility allows it to wirelessly play back content from PCs, laptops and audio files stored on hard drives. The YMC-700 can also access the Rhapsody online music service and Internet radio and can playback iTunes AAC files via TwonkyMedia Server Software that purchasers have access to via a bundled license key.

Both neoHD Media Controllers, YMC-700 and YMC-500, are currently available for $799.95 and $599.95, respectively. The neoHD System 2.1, YMC-S21 is available for $799.95.

2 Responses to “Yamaha neoHD Media Controller Released”

  1. I read this quote in the description “The YMC-700’s WiFi compatibility allows it to wirelessly play back content from PCs, laptops and audio files stored on hard drives. ”

    I wonder why only “audio” files stored on hard drives are referenced and not video files such as movies?

    Will the neoHD play movies from a hard drive?

    By John Edwards on Jul 28, 2009 | Reply
  2. John, I haven’t studied the specs on the Yamahas, but I think it’s likely the bandwidth necessary for movies that is limiting. Sending movie files wirelessly, not to mention BluRay!, will usually not give you a satisfactory experience.

    By Al on Jul 30, 2009 | Reply

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