RX-Z11BL
RX-Z11BL
11.2-Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver
NEW
PRODUCT
BULLETIN
Yamaha introduces a new benchmark for home theater receiver performance: the RX-Z11.
This takes high end receiver evolution to a higher level with an enormous range of exciting
features, capabilities and new cutting edge technologies. The RX-Z11 performance sets a new
standard in home theater experience.
Unprecedented Audio Performance
Trilateral Sound Development for the
HD Audio era
Discrete 11-channel amplifier configuration
delivering a total of 1,180W (140W x 7 + 50W x 4)
Digital ToP-ART and High Current Amplification
with high quality and custom-built audio-grade
parts and devices used throughout
Super Stable Chassis design
High Sound Quality
Preamplifier Section
New Pure Direct for lossless audio formats also
Pure Ground DAC Concept
High quality preamplifier block design
Low-Jitter PLL and Digital Clock Circuits
High quality headphone amplifier circuit
Power Amplifier Section
All-Channel Current Feedback Circuit
Hybrid Low Noise Power Supply
Symmetrical Layout and New Power Circuit Layout
Low-impedance, minimum loop print pattern
Thick aluminum panels and large, heavy feet
High Picture Quality
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
Analog and HDMI digital video signal upscaling
to Full HD 1080p and downscaling to 480p format
[email protected]
Analog video to HDMI digital video
upconversion capability
3 4 Component Video in and 2 monitor outs
Advanced Features
Network Receiver Capabilities
3 Network port to connect a PC and Yamaha
MCX-2000 or access the Internet Radio
via LAN
3 Compatible with Windows Vista &
Windows Media Player 11 as well
as Windows Media Connect
3 PlaysForSure network device support
3 2 USB ports (1 on front, 1 on rear) to
connect USB memory devices or portable
audio players
3 Supports MTP devices and Mass Storage
Class devices
3 Supports 500mA power from USB port
3 Supports USB HDD (FAT32 format, up to 2TB)
iPod compatibility via optional Yamaha
Universal Dock YDS-10
Advanced YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room
Acoustic Optimizer) for automatic speaker setup
3 Multiple point measurement feature for
multiple listening positions
3 Specialized parametric equalizer for
standing wave reduction
3 Speaker angle measurement feature for
optimizing CINEMA DSP
3 YPAO Easy Starter
HD Radio™ digital broadcast reception capability
3 XM ready with XM HD Surround powered
by Neural-THX Surround Decoder
1/4
Multiple Subwoofer connection capability
3 6 or 8-channel additional input jacks for
discrete multi-channel inputs
10 System Memories for Main Zone and 4
System Memories for other each Zone
GUI on-screen display of six languages:
English, French, German, Spanish, Russian
and Japanese
Versatile Zone Control
Intelligent assignable amplifiers: bi-amping and
multi-zone control (Zone 2 / Zone 3 / Zone 4)
Preamplifier Mode
Zone 2 video output (component and
composite) with OSD capability
Zone 2 digital audio output (coaxial)
Party Mode
Display of song data and radio information on
zone OSDs
Sleep timer and mute level for all zones
Zone Mono
Flexible and assignable dual +12V trigger outs
Surround Realism
New CINEMA DSP HD3 creates lush, dense,
accurate sound field
THX Ultra2 Plus surround modes
Improved Compressed Music Enhancer
Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) and
DSP effect level controlling capability
3 SILENT CINEMA and Virtual CINEMA DSP
RX-Z11BL 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
VCXO Circuit
1.64V
Conventional circuit
shows a wide range
of jitter while the
RX-Z11 preamplifier
exhibits virtually
no jitter.
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
Response/
to 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
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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.
Preamplifier Circuit Board
This 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 twin-fan
external vibrations.
(3-5/8”) cooling system
RX-Z11BL 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
HDMI
Output
FPGA
(Field Programable
Gate Array)
Video
Decoder
ADV7802
Analog
Video
Input
GUI
YGV619
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
processing capability and a Scaler made
by Anchor Bay Technologies.
Advanced Features
Network Receiver Capabilities
Like other Yamaha network receivers, the
RX-Z11 can be connected to a PC or Yamaha
MCX-2000, 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
Video
Scaler
ABT1018
i/p
Converter
IP00C772
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Music on PC
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
Upscaling
720p
720p
i/p Conversion
(=Deinterlacing)
1080i
1080i
480p
480p
480i
480i
Downscaling
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. In 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 bass 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 13
MOVIE
ENTERTAINMENT
DSP Program Total
THX Programs
THX
SD Signals
Surround Program Total
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
RX-Z11BL 11.2-Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver
Main Remote Unit
The remote unit has shocksensor illuminated keys for
easy operation in dim lighting
— just pick it up and the keys
light up. It features an
Direct-access (macroimproved key layout and an
command, learning and
preset capable) remote
LCD window: the layout setup
unit with shock sensor
buttons (zone selector, macro
illuminated buttons
mode, remote ID, remote setup (left) and simplified
remote unit (right)
and input select) are grouped
around the LCD window. It also provides easy
access to the System Memory.
Versatile Zone Control
Inputs
Super-Versatile Zone Control
The RX-Z11 has extensive zone control capabilities, which are too numerous to explain 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 extra (by surround back amp)
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
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.
DSP board
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 distribute
bitstream signals and also offers component
video output that up converts composite and
S-Video signals.
Some other convenient zone functions
include: a Party Mode that permits audio of the
same input source in the main room to sync with
and other three zones with one-button 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).
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.
Surround Realism
CINEMA DSP HD3
The RX-Z11 introduces Yamaha’s latest digital
sound field processing refinement: CINEMA DSP
HD3. This system marks a further evolution of
CINEMA DSP. It utilizes four Quad CINEMA DSP
Outputs
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).
Super-Versatile Zone Control Example (5.2-Channel Main Zone + 3 Other Zone)
Others
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 RX-Z11 can display
HD Radio information on
the front panel and on
a monitor.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
U HD Radio™ technology manufactured under license from iBiquity Digital
Corporation. U The XM Satellite Radio service is only available in the 48
contiguous United States (not available in Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada. U
XM name, XM Ready and related logos are registered trademarks of XM
Satellite Radio, Inc. U Neural Surround is a trademark owned by Neural
Audio Corporation, THX is a trademark of THX Ltd. U iPod is a trademark of
Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. U HDMI,
the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or
registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC. U Burr-Brown products are
trademarks of Texas Instruments, Inc. U Simplay HD and Simplay HD logo
are trademarks of Simplay Co. ltd. U Powered by ABT™ is a trademark of
Anchor Bay Technologies Inc. U Dolby and the double-D symbol are
registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. U DTS is a registered
trademark and the DTS logos, Symbols, DTS-HD and DTS-HD Master Audio
are trademark of DTS, Inc. U Product designs and specifications are subject
to change without notice.
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