Audio equipment specialist, Yamaha, has ramped up its smart voice assistant integration, adding AirPlay 2 and expanded Spotify Connect capabilities to 15 products via a firmware update – including soundbars, wireless speakers and AV receivers.

The news complements a recent Yamaha Music cast app update which deployed Actions for Google (and Google Assistant voice controls) to over 70 of the company’s audio products.

The capabilities add to other built-in services including Spotify, Deezer and TIDAL.

Firmware updates will also add eRAC (enhanced audio return channel) functionality to 23 of Yamaha’s AV receivers.

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“With these free updates, we are able to provide the latest technology and features to both
our existing and future customers, who now have even more options to choose from when it comes to enjoying their favourite music and audio content,” asserts Yamaha Music Australia GM AV Division, Simon Goldsworthy.

“Additionally, they can now use their favourite voice assistant – whether that be Siri, Alexa or the Google Assistant – to seamlessly control the experience throughout their homes.”

Firmware and MusicCast app updates will roll out from April 17, with users automatically prompted to install via the Yamaha MusicCast app.

Further information and full product specifications are available on Yamaha’s website here.

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