RX-Z11
11.2-Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver
NEW
PRODUCT
BULLETIN
Yamaha takes receiver evolution to a new peak
with an enormous range of exciting capabilities.
Unprecedented Audio Performance
䢇 Trilateral Sound Development for the HD Audio
era
䢇 Discrete 11-channel amplifier configuration
delivering a total of 1,180W (140W x 7 + 50W x 4)
䢇 Digital ToP-ART and High Current Amplification
with high quality and custom-built audio-grade
parts and devices used throughout
䢇 Super Stable Chassis design
High Sound Quality
Preamplifier Stage
䢇 New Pure Direct for lossless audio formats also
䢇 Pure Ground DAC Concept
䢇 High quality preamplifier block design
䢇 Low-Jitter PLL and Digital Clock Circuits
䢇 High quality headphone amplifier circuit
Power Amplifier Stage
䢇 All-Channel Current Feedback Circuit
䢇 Hybrid Low Noise Power Supply
䢇 Symmetrical Layout and New Power Circuit
Layout
䢇 Low-impedance, minimum loop print pattern
䢇 Thick aluminum panels and large, heavy feet
High Picture Quality
䢇 Latest HDMI 1.3a specification supports Deep
Color (30/36 bit) transmission, xvYCC color
space, 120Hz and 24Hz Refresh Rates and Auto
Lip-Sync compensation
䢇 Analog and HDMI digital video signal upscaling
to Full HD 1080p and downscaling to 480p
format
P10018057U-RX-Z11@NPB
䢇 Analog video to HDMI digital video
upconversion capability
● 4 Component Video in and 2 monitor outs
Advanced Features
䢇 Network Receiver Capabilities
● Network port to connect a PC and Yamaha
MCX-2000 or access the Internet Radio via
LAN
● Compatible with Windows Vista & Windows
Media Player 11 as well as Windows Media
Connect
● PlaysForSure network device support
● 2 USB ports (1 on front, 1 on rear) to
connect USB memory devices or portable
audio players
● Supports MTP devices and Mass Storage
Class devices
● Supports 500mA power from USB port
● Supports USB HDD (FAT32 format, up to
2TB)
䢇 iPod compatibility via optional Yamaha
Universal Dock YDS-10
䢇 Advanced YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room
Acoustic Optimizer) for automatic speaker setup
● Multiple point measurement feature for
multiple listening positions
● Specialized parametric equalizer for
standing wave reduction
● Speaker angle measurement feature for
optimized CINEMA DSP
● YPAO Easy Starter
䢇 HD Radio™ digital broadcast reception
capability
1/4
● XM ready with XM HD Surround powered
by Neural-THX Surround Decoder
䢇 Multiple Subwoofer connection capability
● 6 or 8-channel additional input jacks for
discrete multi-channel inputs
䢇 10 System Memories for Main Zone and 4
System Memories for other each Zone
䢇 GUI on-screen display of six languages:
English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and
Japanese
Versatile Zone Control
䢇 Intelligent assignable amplifiers: bi-amping and
multi-zone control (Zone 2/Zone 3/Zone 4)
䢇 Preamplifier Mode
䢇 Zone 2 video output (component and
composite) with OSD capability
䢇 Zone 2 digital audio output (coaxial)
䢇 Party Mode
䢇 Display of song data and radio information on
zone OSDs
䢇 Sleep timer and mute level for all zones
䢇 Zone Mono
䢇 Flexible and assignable dual +12V trigger outs
Surround Realism
䢇 New CINEMA DSP HD3 creates lush, dense,
accurate sound field
䢇 THX Ultra2 Plus surround modes
䢇 Improved Compressed Music Enhancer
䢇 Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) and
DSP effect level controlling capability
● SILENT CINEMA and Virtual CINEMA DSP
NEW PRODUCT BULLETIN
RX-Z11 11.2-Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver
Trilateral Sound Development
Yamaha set ambitious goals for the sound
performance of the RX-Z11, and succeeded in
achieving them through a trilateral sound
development program. The three aspects of the
program were technology, engineering and
artistic sensitivity.
Technology refers to the technologies that
enable us to create the level of sound quality
suitable for total audio enjoyment in the present
digital audio era. Engineering refers to
upgrading functions and specifications, which
are the foundation of the overall quality. And of
equal or perhaps even greater importance is
artistic sensitivity, which is how we go beyond
the specifications to create, tune and refine the
sound based on the musical acuteness of our
most experienced audio technicians.
The result is that the RX-Z11 achieves an
unprecedented level of audio performance.
Sound that is not only clear and high resolution,
but finely textured. Able, for example, to
realistically convey the sound of light rain,
rustling cloth or breaking glass. Surround sound
that is not only spacious but has a sense of
magnificence. Sound that is not only well
localized, but sharply focused in every area of
the immense CINEMA DSP HD3 sound field. And
finally, sound with an optimum balance among
the three key elements of resonance, deep bass
and responsiveness, for best compatibility with
all types of sources.
11.2-Channel High Density Surround Sound
(140W x 7 + 50W x 4)
The RX-Z11 delivers 140W x 7 channels plus
50W to the four presence and rear presence
channels. It also allows the simultaneous use of
two subwoofers (hence 11.2 channels). In
addition to Yamaha’s latest CINEMA DSP HD3
technology for high density, incredibly detailed
surround sound, it provides extensive zone
customization functions, enabling the 11 amp
channels to be allocated to zones 2, 3 and 4 in
various configurations.
RX-Z11 11.2-Channel Speaker Configuration
Presence L/R
Main L/R
Subwoofer L
Surround L/R
Center
Surround
Back L/R
Subwoofer R
Rear Presence L/R
Digital ToP-ART and High Current
Amplification
Yamaha’s
Digital ToPART design
1
concept
ensures that
the receiver is
fully capable
of handling
the
transmission
4
of high
2
volume digital
sound data at
speeds up to
192kHz. The
3
5
6
interior layout
1 Volume IC JRC NJM1194 (left), Burr
thoroughly
Brown audio DAC (DSD1796, center) and
isolates the
Op amp LM4562 (right)
digital, analog
2 High efficiency heat sink
and video
3 Custom-made 27,000µF block capacitors
sections and
4 Extra-large 22lbs. power transformer
provides the
5 Large-size speaker terminals
shortest
6 Schottky barrier diode
possible signal routes. To
achieve the quality demanded
by the latest lossless
compression formats received
via HDMI bitstream transmission, circuit board
designs were radically revised and parts
selection was reevaluated. The RX-Z11’s
superior parts include Burr-Brown DSD1796
DACs, an op amp, custom-made 27,000µF
block capacitors and Schottky barrier diodes. A
Variable Volume Control helps provide the best
possible S/N ratio. High Current Amplification
circuitry achieves high current power with low
impedance for superior amplifier performance.
Super Stable Chassis Design
The internal chassis design uses an ultra-rigid
Rahmen structure, which is a series of H-shaped
frames. This rectangular structure secures and
isolates the parts sections, while reducing
vibration to a negligible amount. The external
chassis walls are thick (5/8”) and heavy.
High efficiency heat sinks
H-shape frames to hold heavy
and big power transformer
Low-Jitter PLL and Digital Clock Circuits
The preamplifier stage incorporates both a lowjitter PLL circuit and a VCXO digital clock circuit,
significantly reducing jitter from digital inputs so
sound processing can be accomplished without
being affected by jitter. This is particularly
effective in improving the sound quality of digital
signals that are input via HDMI.
Low-Jitter PLL and VCXO Digital Clock Circuits
DIR
(Low-Jitter PLL Circuit)
VCXO Digital
Clock Circuit
Output
Input
PC
Tek Stop: 1.00GS/s
T
Ch1 Zoom:
LPF
Tek Stop: 1.00GS/s
10994 Acqs
2.0X Vert
VCO
T
Ch1 Zoom:
20.0X Horz
PC
LPF VCXO
657 Acqs
2.0X Vert
20.0X Horz
1
1
Ch1
1.00 V
Conventional Circuit
M 2.50ms Ch1
1.64V
Ch1
1.00 V
M 2.50ms Ch1
1.64V
Conventional circuit
shows a wide range
of jitter while the
RX-Z11 preamplifier
exhibits virtually no
jitter.
VCXO Circuit
High Sound Quality: Power Amplifier Stage
All Channel Current Feedback Circuit
The power amplifier uses current rather than
voltage for feedback in all channels. Because
there is virtually no phase shift, phase
compensation can be kept to a minimum. This
contributes to the RX-Z11’s excellent transient
response,
Current
allows
Feedback
frequency
Frequency
response to
Response/
remain
Principle
unchanged
Current
even when the
Adder
Output
nput
gain changes,
I/V Converter
and creates a
Buffer
Power Amplifier
Trans-Impedance
Amplifier
Stage
Amplifier
warmer,
Current Feedback
texture-rich
Circuit
sound.
Gain (dB)
Unprecedented Audio Performance
Frequency (Hz)
5/8” super stable chassis
Rahmen structure
(series of rectangle frames)
High Sound Quality: Preamplifier Stage
New Pure Direct Concept
For the RX-Z11, Yamaha has upgraded its
popular Pure Direct feature. It now provides
higher sound quality from lossless audio formats
digitally transmitted via HDMI, while still
ensuring optimum quality from CD and analog
audio sources. It allows the enjoyment of twochannel CD output, multi-channel Super Audio
CD and DVD-Audio output, and even Blu-ray,
HD-DVD and other HD sources.
Pure Ground DAC Concept
The DACs, vital determinants of digital audio
quality, are placed on the analog circuit board,
preventing the large ground potential differences
that can occur when
the digital and analog
sections are far apart.
Furthermore, the DACs
are connected directly
to the power supply to
avoid degradation of
low level signals. This
Preamplifier Circuit Board
helps to maximize both
two-channel and multi-channel audio
performance.
High Quality Preamplifier Block Design
The printed circuit boards are located very close
to each other. This has
the advantages of
minimizing signal
paths, shortening
signal loops and
improving noise
isolation from other
circuits.
2/4
Hybrid Low Noise
Power Supply
A highly efficient DCDC converter and
extra-large transformer
is used for the digital
circuit, which requires
high current input, and
a low noise power
supply circuit for the
analog audio circuit. An
independent current
power path is provided
for the speaker relays
Digital power circuit board (top)
and display.
and analog power board (bottom)
Symmetrical Layout and
New Power Circuit Layout
The heavy power transformer (over 22lbs.!) is in
the center with the heat sinks on either side to
ensure equal weight
distribution. The power
circuit layout separates
the video and digital
audio section from the
analog audio section to
eliminate adverse
influences, and
distances between
circuits and power
supplies were shortened to avoid high current
loop problems.
Thick Aluminum Panels and Large, Heavy Feet
Thick aluminum panels
are used throughout to
prevent vibration and
maintain high
performance audio
reproduction. The
large, heavy feet also
serve to dampen
Ultra rigid feet and large twinexternal vibrations.
fan (3-5/8”) cooling system
NEW PRODUCT BULLETIN
RX-Z11 11.2-Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver
High Picture Quality
HDMI 1.3a Compatibility
The RX-Z11 is compatible with
the newest version of the HDMI
standard, 1.3a, providing the benefits of Deep
Color (30/36bit) and the xvYCC color standard.
Digital video and audio signals can be
transmitted via a single HDMI cable and it
accepts the lossless
audio formats Dolby
TrueHD and DTS
Master Audio. There
are five HDMI inputs,
one of which is on the
front panel, as well as
two HDMI outputs that
allow images to be
simultaneously
displayed from two
devices, such as a flat
panel monitor and a
projector. HDMI 1.3a
means the RX-Z11 can
handle the high
1080p/24Hz resolution Digital video circuit board (top)
and analog video board
of Blu-ray Discs, and
(bottom)
also provides an Auto
Lip-Sync function that automatically adjusts the
lag between video and audio and a double
speed Refresh Rate of 120Hz.
HDMI
Input
(Field Programable
Gate Array)
Analog
Video
Input
GUI
YGV619
Advanced Features
Network Receiver Capabilities
Like other Yamaha network receivers, the RXZ11 can be connected to a PC or Yamaha MCX2000, and can access Internet Radio via a LAN.
It supports the LAN standby mode, allowing an
external controller to send commands via an
ethernet link. Two USB ports are provided, on
the front and rear, with 500mA power support. It
is compatible with PlaysForSure devices,
Windows Vista, Yamaha Music CAST and
various audio Codecs such as MP3, WMA, WAV
and MPEG4 AAC.
USB/Music player
Internet radio
Music on PC
HDMI
Output
FPGA
Video
Decoder
ADV7802
that are input via analog video to 1080p; it can
also downscale these signals to 480p, allowing
the audio signal suited to the monitor to be
output vertically without restriction. Digital
signals input from HDMI can be similarly up and
downscaled, so optimum images can be
selected from the HD output from Blu-ray Disc
players or HD-DVD players. It also performs
high precision processing with two engines: a
high performance i/p converter with 10bit
calculation capability and a Scaler made by
Anchor Bay Technologies.
Video
Scaler
ABT1018
i/p
Converter
IP00C772
RX-Z11
Video
Encoder
ADV7342
Analog
Video
Output
Digital Video Block Diagram
xvYCC Color Space
When you use the RX-Z11’s HDMI outputs to
transmit video signals, you enjoy spectacular
color performance.
One reason is that
HDMI 1.3a uses a new
color standard called
xvYCC, which supports
1.8 times as many
colors as previous
HDTV signals. This
expanded range of
colors means that
HDTVs can display
images with colors that are far more natural and
vivid than ever before.
Analog and HDMI Video Upscaling
to Full HD 1080p
The RX-Z11 permits enjoyment of full HD video
created by upscaling signals up to 1080i/720p
HDMI Video Upscaling (both analog and digital inputs)
[ Input ]
[ Output ]
1080p
1080p
720p
720p
1080i
1080i
480p
480p
480i
480i
Upscaling
Downscaling
i/p Conversion
(=Deinterlacing)
Through
Full HD Signals
HD Signals
ED Signals
iPod
YDS-10
(Option dock)
Advanced YPAO Sound Optimization
Auto Setup
Yamaha’s YPAO Sound Optimization system
analyzes the room acoustics and various system
factors, then makes adjustments to provide
optimum sound quality. It addition to the
previous adjustments
for speaker size,
distance and wiring,
plus equalization and
level, this Advanced
YPAO has four new
capabilities. The first is
measurement at
multiple locations (up
to eight). It does not
average the results but
performs analysis weighted in accordance with
the state of each location to calculate
compensation values. This results in a larger
“sweet spot” at the listening position. The
second is the use of parametric equalization to
cancel the effects of standing waves, which
degrade low range response. The third is
speaker angle measurements to optimize
CINEMA DSP effects. And the fourth is an Easy
Starter feature that activates YPAO when the
microphone is inserted and the Enter button is
pressed, with information shown on the display.
38 Programs
Compatible Decoder Straight
Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital EX
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital TrueHD
DTS Digital Surround
DTS 96/24
DTS-ES Matrix 6.1
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Pro Logic II Music
Dolby Pro Logic II Movie
Dolby Pro Logic II Game
Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music
Dolby Pro Logic IIx Movie
Dolby Pro Logic IIx Game
DTS Neo:6 Music
DTS Neo:6 Cinema
Neural-THX
Circle Surround II Music
Circle Surround II Cinema
HiFi DSP Programs
20
Hall in Munich A
Hall in Munich B
Hall in Frankfurt
CLASSICAL1
Hall in Stuttgart
Hall in Vienna
Hall in Amsterdam
Hall in USA A
Hall in USA B
Chamber
CLASSICAL2
Church in Tokyo
Church in Freiburg
Church in Royaumont
Village Gate
Village Vanguard
The Bottom Line
LIVE/CLUB
Cellar Club
The Roxy Theatre
Warehouse Loft
Arena
STEREO
11 Channel Stereo
CINEMA DSP Programs
MOVIE
ENTERTAINMENT
DSP Program Total
THX Programs
THX
SD Signals
Surround Program Total
13
Standard
Spectacle
Sci-Fi
Adventure
Drama
Mono Movie
Sports
Music Video
Recital/Opera
Pavilion
Disco
Action Game
Roleplaying Game
33
5
Ultra2 Cinema
Cinema
Surround EX
Music
Game
38
YDS-10 Universal Dock
for iPod
The optional YDS-10 Universal
Dock lets you connect your
iPod to the receiver.
Oil-Damped Hidden Control Panel includes HDMI interface, USB port, Aux input terminals with S-Video and optical digital, Main/Zone 2/Zone
3/Zone 4 power on/off switches, rec out/Zone 2 selector, YPAO optimized microphone jack, and more.
3/4
iPod not included
NEW PRODUCT BULLETIN
RX-Z11 11.2-Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver
HD Radio™ Tuner
The RX-Z11 is equipped with
an HD Radio™ tuner. HD
Radio, the only digital
broadcast system in America approved by the
FCC, offers crystal-clear, CD-quality sound via
existing AM/FM bands. In addition, it provides
program-associated
data and the ability to
tune to multiple
programs at the same
dial position. The RXZ11 can display HD
Radio information on
the front panel and on
a monitor.
XM Satellite Radio Ready
with XM HD Surround
The RX-Z11 is XM Satellite Radio
ready, for reception of digital
music, news, sports, talk and
entertainment stations. It is also
capable of receiving XM Satellite
Radio with XM HD Surround
powered by Neural-THX Surround, which also
supports gaming and movies with 7.1-channel
sound. To receive XM Satellite Radio, the XM
Mini-Tuner and Home Dock including home
antenna are required (sold separately).
Main Remote Unit
The remote unit has shock-sensor illuminated
keys for easy operation
in dim lighting — just
pick it up and the keys
light up. It features an
improved key layout
and an LCD window:
the layout setup
buttons (zone selector,
Direct-access (macromacro mode, remote
command, learning and
ID, remote setup and
preset capable) remote
input select) are
unit with shock sensor
grouped around the
illuminated buttons
(top) and simplified remote unit
LCD window. It also
(bottom)
provides easy access
to the System Memory.
Super-Versatile Zone Control Example (5.2-Channel Main Zone + 3 Other Zone)
PL
PR
CT
FL-B
FR-B
FL-A
FR-A
5.2Ch
SL
Zone 2
[140W x 2]
Zone 4
[50W x 2]
SBL
SBR
RPL
RPR
Main Zone
Other Zone
Speaker Terminals
DSP board
here. The most important point is that the 11.2
channels can be assigned in a wide variety of
configurations to four zones. The presence, rear
presence and EXTD (by surround back amp)
speaker terminals can be assigned to each
zone. It provides Intelligent Power Amplifier
Assignability (surround back amp assignment)
and Independent Zone Amplifier Assignment
with 7.2-channel main zone playback.
Also important is that Zone 2 can accept
bitstream signals and also offers component
video output and upconversion of composite
and S-Video signals.
Some other convenient zone functions
include: a Party Mode that permits audio BGM
and video BGV play of the same input source in
the main room and other three zones with onebutton operation, a Zone OSD function that lets
you browse information about the songs or
AM/FM/XM/HD radio broadcasts that are
playing, Zone Mono that provides compatibility
with one-speaker or three-speaker installation
environments, and a Preamplifier Mode that
permits the entire 11-channel amplifier to be
allotted for three-zone use (main zone powered
by an external amp).
HD3. As amazing as the systems on the RX-Z9
and RX-V3800 were, this system marks a further
evolution of CINEMA DSP. It utilizes four Quad
CINEMA DSP engines and permits lossless
decoding of 192kHz signals, while providing 3D
processing that gives the sound field an extra
vertical dimension. In its full 11-channel
configuration setting it adds two presence and
two rear presence speakers, offering the
enjoyment of a completely new sound stage.
Dual +12V Trigger Outs
The GUI menu can be
used to help set up two
+12V trigger outs to
synchronize zone
power status and zone
input source. This
makes setting the
+12V triggers easy for
anyone.
THX Ultra2 Plus Surround Mode
THX Ultra2 Plus includes the newest
THX Loudness Plus technology. It lets
you enjoy five THX programs in the
optimum condition, delivering a more accurate
listening experience at any volume level.
Versatile Zone Control
Surround Realism
Super-Versatile Zone Control
The RX-Z11 has extensive zone control
capabilities, which are too numerous to explain
Zone 3
[50W x 2]
SR
CINEMA DSP HD3
The RX-Z11 introduces Yamaha’s latest digital
sound field processing refinement: CINEMA DSP
Improved Compressed Music Enhancer
This popular feature restores the sound of the
original music from digitally compressed formats
such as MP3. The RX-Z11 offers
an improved version that
processes multi-channel signals
with a DSP algorithm, so all channels (rather
than just two) are enhanced, for more accurate
reproduction and a more expansive sound.
5
2
1
1
5
4
6
6/4
4
1/1/1
8ch
* Including front panel terminals.
“d-cinema” is the slogan of Yamaha A/V products and
technology, reflecting our focus on digital technology
and our leadership in creating and refining digital home theater.
Outputs
HDMI*
USB*
XM Connect-and-Play
Dock Terminal for YDS-10
Optical Digital (Fixed and Assignable)*
Coaxial Digital (Fixed and Assignable)
S-Video*
Analog A/V / Audio*
Component Video (Fixed & Assignable)
Radio Antenna (HD/AM/FM)
Multi-Channel External Decoder
Others
Inputs
Main Specifications
Min. RMS Output Power (8 ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.015% THD)
Front Channels
140 W + 140 W
Center Channel
140 W
Surround Channels
140 W + 140 W
Surround Back Channels
140 W + 140 W
Presence Channels
50 W + 50 W
Rear Presence Channels
50 W + 50 W
Dimensions (W x H x D)
17-1/8” x 8-5/16” x 18-7/16”
Weight
79.3 lbs.
HDMI
Optical Digital (Fixed and Assignable)
Coaxial Digital (Fixed and Assignable)
Analog A/V / Audio
S-Video
Component Video Monitor
S-Video / Composite Monitor
Speaker (without subwoofer)
Subwoofer
Zone 2 Video Out (Component/Composite)
Zone 2 Audio Out (Optical/Coaxial)
Zone 3 Audio Out
Zone 4 Audio Out
Remote In/Out
Trigger Out
RS-232C
4/4
2
1
1
2/2
2
2
1/1
11ch / 22 ter.
2
1/2
1/1
1
1
2/2
2
1
• HD Radio™ technology manufactured under license from iBiquity
Digital Corporation. • The XM Satellite Radio service is only available
in the 48 contiguous United States (not available in Alaska and Hawaii)
and Canada. • XM name, XM Ready and related logos are
registered trademarks of XM Satellite Radio, Inc. • Neural Surround
is a trademark owned by Neural Audio Corporation, THX is a
trademark of THX Ltd. • iPod is a trademark of Apple Computer,
Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. • HDMI, the HDMI
logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or
registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC. • Burr-Brown
products are trademarks of Texas Instruments, Inc. • Simplay HD
and Simplay HD logo are trademarks of Simplay Co. ltd. • Powered
by ABT™ is a trademark of Anchor Bay Technologies Inc. • Dolby
and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby
Laboratories. • DTS is a registered trademark and the DTS logos,
Symbols, DTS-HD and DTS-HD Master Audio are trademark of DTS,
Inc. • Product designs and specifications are subject to change
without notice.