• At long last, the player piano does multi-room audio

    At long last, the player piano does multi-room audio

    We all knew in our hearts that if we just waited long enough, the Internet of Things would come around to self-playing pianos; that surely the cloud would incorporate that last vestige of ol’ timey technology. And now, here at IFA, the least portable of home audio systems has finally gone multi-room. Or, as Yamaha opens its decidedly hyperbolic press release, “For the first time in… Read More

  • The Yamaha LL-TA Guitar turns a lonely little room into a concert hall

    The Yamaha LL-TA Guitar turns a lonely little room into a concert hall

    “Well you’re in your little room,” wrote the bard. “And you’re working on something good. But if it’s really good you’re gonna need a bigger room.” With the Yamaha LL-TA you can have just that. The $1,600 Yamaha LL-TA – the TA stands for Transacoustic – is an acoustic guitar with a built-in effects processor and actuator that augments… Read More

  • PAS Brace-L: Yamaha Japan’s Newest Electric Sports Bike

    PAS Brace-L: Yamaha Japan’s Newest Electric Sports Bike

    We’ve covered more than one electric bike over the years, but the so-called PAS Brace-L Yamaha introduced last year on the Japanese market is probably the nicest looking. And now the company announced [JP] an improved version of its flagship sports bike (which is, for some reason, also called PAS Brace-L). The new model’s 8.1Ah/25.2V lithium-ion battery can be charged and discharged… Read More

  • Yamaha Doubles Number Of Charging Cycles Of Batteries Used In E-Bikes

    Yamaha Motors announced [JP] they have made a small step in improving one of the weak points in e-bikes today: the batteries. The company’s newly developed 25.2V/8.1Ah lithium-ion battery doubles the number of discharge/charge cycles of the electric bicycles and has just been added to the Yamaha PAS series. Read More

  • Yamaha Creates Voice Masking System To Quiet Discrete Conversations

    If you’ve ever been in a situation where discretion is important when speaking, then you may want some help from this guy. It’s the Yamaha VSP-1 and it is a little speaker device that plays sounds to cancel speech — up to 89% effective — allowing secret “deals” to be made while thwarting eavesdroppers. Read More

  • EC-03: Yamaha rolls out low-cost electric 50cc scooter

    Yamaha Japan announced [press release in English] the EC-03 today, an electric 50cc scooter that’s powered by a 50V/14Ah lithium ion battery. The vehicle has a driving range of 43km (at 30km/h on flat roads) per charge. A charge takes six hours, with Yamaha saying that a household electrical outlet (100V) is all you need. Read More

  • PAS Brace-L: Yamaha's cool, men-only electric bike

    We’ve covered plenty of electric bicycles from Japan in the past, but there’s a significant problem with most of them: usually they’re really ugly, for example this one or this model from Toshiba. But just today, Yamaha has announced [JP] the PAS Brace-L, a nice-looking electric bike that’s specifically towards the young and male part of the population. Read More

  • Yamaha Japan announces 5 new electric bikes

    While electric bikes are gaining more and more ground in Japan, the situation in the rest of the world (at least for highly advanced models) is quite different. These vehicles seem to have a hard time in America in particular, although there’s anecdotal evidence the concept does have the potential to catch on in the US as well – basically speaking. But most of the makers of… Read More

  • Yamaha Japan announces new digital sound projector for home theater systems

    Yamaha Japan today announced the YSP-5100 [JP], a digital sound projector for your home theater. Sized at 1,200×90×212mm and weighing 11kg, Yamaha says the device is suitable for 50-inch TVs or video projectors. It supports 7.1 surround sound and is compatible with dts-HD, dts ES and Dolby TruHD/Digital Plus/Digital/ Digital EX/Pro Logic and Pro LogicⅡ/x. Read More

  • Yamaha's new wireless iPod Dock

    A new day, a new iPod dock hits the market. But unlike the rest, this one has something new to offer. The PDX-60 introduces a new form of wireless audio transmission from Yamaha, yAired. I imagine for those consumers who are too lazy to walk all the way across the room to their stereo, just to change the song. You set up the dock unit wherever you like, and attach a small transmitter to… Read More

  • Augmented Reality example at CEATEC

    Augmented reality is all the new buzz, I guess. I don’t know, because I only have an iPhone 3G — mine’s missing that important “S” indicating it’s the new model on which augmented reality can actually execute. But at CEATEC today I saw some Sekai Camera examples in the real world. My experience wasn’t entirely positive: find out why. Read More

  • Yamaha's BODiBEAT player lets you jog to the music

    In case you are an avid runner and don’t like to carry an iPod with you during your exercise, Yamaha Japan might have developed the right device for you. The so-called BODiBEAT (notice the small “i”) portable music player is specifically geared towards joggers. Read More

  • Yamaha Japan rolls out another three electric bikes

    It seems that electric bikes have gained significant momentum in the last few months on the market for “green” products, especially in Japan where Yamaha just announced a total of three new models [JP]. Read More

  • Yamaha Japan sells portable rooms to be set up in bigger rooms

    It may sound bizarre at first but Yamaha’s portable rooms, dubbed myroomII [JP], do make sense. Yamaha says it’s the perfect product for all people wanting some alone time without having to move into apartments with more rooms. In the product catalogue [JP, PDF], the company suggests watching movies, working on your PC, reading, studying, Karaoke, listening to music and playing… Read More

  • Yamaha Japan presents new electric-hybrid bicycle (limited edition)

    Yamaha started selling a lithium-ion battery-powered electric bike in Japan in August (Panasonic followed up with its Vivi RX 10-S soon thereafter) and now presents the PAS CITY-C [JP]. The new Yamaha bike, which was manufactured in cooperation with Tokyo-based design company Plus Minus Zero, bike will be Japan-only. Read More

  • Integra rolls out the surprisingly affordable DBS-6.9 Blu-ray player

    Integra tends to put out very nice, abet pricey AV equipment, so the CE companies first Blu-ray players low price surprised the CEDIA out of me. According to one of their product minions, the DBS-6.9 is going to hit all Integra distribution channels for $599. Expect the normal Blu-ray tech of HDMI 1.3a output, bitstream compatibility, and unfortunately Profile 1.1. Sorry, no BD Live… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch: live pics of the $1,199 Profile 1.1 Yamaha Blu-ray player

    I don’t get it. A ‘new’ $1,199 Blu-ray player that doesn’t support the latest Blu-ray standard. The player leaked out a few weeks ago, so there really isn’t anything here but some gadget pr0n. It might look nice, but without BD Live, who in their right mind will buy it? Read More

  • Yamaha BD2900 Blu-ray player leaked

    CEDIA is right around the corner, so AV heads can count on a slew of new high-def gear dropping and Yamaha isn’t disappointing. Word is that their latest Blu-ray player — the BD2900 — should drop in November, packed to the chassis full of goodies. 1080p/24fps-compatible HDMI, 12-bit Deep Colour, BONUSVIEW, and other standard fair for high-end equipment. In fact, there… Read More

  • Light speakers from Yamaha

    Yamaha collaborated with lighting company Koizumi to release the YST001 [JP], a set of speakers with built-in lighting. Koizumi developed 3 Halogen lights (with 25W power each), the brightness of which can be adjusted via a remote control. The speakers are 47 inches high and come in black. They feature a frequency response of 70Hz-35,000Hz, an impedance of 6Ω and a maximum output of… Read More

  • Bodibeat lets you rock out in time to your necrotic heart

    I’m kind of weaning myself off of music while I run. It lets me concentrate a bit more on, say, finishing a race in less than 6 hours. However, the Bodibeat by Yamaha might be just what the doctor ordered. It is a music player that senses your current heart rate and changes the music depending on your effort level. Strolling casually away from a… Read More