Yamaha Unveils New Wireless Guitar Amp

Yamaha Unveils New Wireless Guitar Amp

Given that a lot of speakers these days are going wireless, it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that the same can be said for guitar amplifiers too. In fact, Yamaha has been doing that for a while now, and the company is back with their latest model in the form of the Yamaha THR30IIA.

However, unlike some of the company’s other THR series of wireless guitar amplifiers, this one seems to have been created for acoustic guitars in mind. This is a 30W amp with dual 3.5-inch speakers and a built-in D-PRE microphone preamp. There are three microphone modes to choose from, such as dynamic, tube, and condenser, and there are also settings for users to choose if they’re playing a guitar with either flat or nylon strings.

Yamaha Developing Turbocharged Motorcycle Engines

Yamaha developing turbocharged motorcycle engines

Car companies have glorified turbocharging as the ideal way to reduce an engine's fuel consumption and exhaust emissions without compromising its power, and motorcycle manufacturers are beginning to adopt this solution. Yamaha is reportedly developing a range of turbo engines that will power several bikes in the coming years.

Yamaha engineers began developing turbocharging technology in 2017, according to Motorcycle News. The company experimented with two layouts: One put the turbo inside the exhaust, which is an unusual configuration, and the other put it close to the exhaust manifold, which is the arrangement commonly seen in the automotive industry. It sounds like Yamaha chose the second, more conventional solution for cost and packaging reasons.

Yamaha, Gordon Murray's Canceled Sports Car Shown In Patent Drawings

Yamaha, Gordon Murray's canceled sports car shown in patent drawings

The mid-2010s saw motorcycle builder Yamaha release a couple of nifty little concept cars, a departure from its powersports vehicles and occasional assistance in developing engines for car companies. It led to the rumors that the company might actually bring a car to production, and it culminated in the beginning development of one with Gordon Murray, designer of the McLaren F1. Unfortunately, Yamaha revealed that project was canceled before we even saw a concept. But now a patent rendering of that very car has surfaced at the European Union's Intellectual Property Office, and while it's cool to see, it also reminds us how sad we are it was canceled.

The car is a curvy, mid-engine coupe. It almost looks a little Lotus-like. The proportions suggest it would have been quite small, similar to the Sports Ride concept coupe from 2015. Though significantly more toned-down than that concept, this stillborn Yamaha bears some interesting design cues such as the flush door handles, as well as the Y-shaped character lines on the hood. Those lines echo design cues from both the Sports Ride and Cross Hub. Extrapolating from the Sports Ride, this unnamed coupe could have been made using Murray's F1-inspired iStream production process and featured a rev-happy Yamaha motorcycle engine.

Yamaha Warns To Stay Out Of Large Musical Instrument Cases After Ghosn Escape

Yamaha warns to stay out of large musical instrument cases after Ghosn escape

TOKYO — Yamaha has warned people not to try and squeeze inside musical instrument cases after reports former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn fled Japan concealed inside in one. "We won't mention the reason, but there have been many tweets about climbing inside large musical instrument cases. A warning after any unfortunate accident would be too late, so we ask everyone not to try it," the Japanese company said in a post on its twitter account on Jan. 11. Ghosn, who is accused of hiding earnings, transferring investment losses to Nissan and misappropriating company funds, escaped from Japan at the end of December for Lebanon. Japanese authorities have vowed to pursue him and have issued an international wanted notice for him and his wife Carole. The former auto executive and fugitive has declined to reveal how he slipped past Japanese airport security, or confirm media reports accomplices smuggled him through a private jet lounge in Kansai Airport in western Japan hidden in large speaker box that was too large to fit through the facility's X-ray scanner. Earlier reports, which Ghosn has dismissed, said he was carried out of his home in Tokyo in a double bass case. Yamaha, which makes instruments and equipment ranging from pianos and double basses to drums, electronics and heavy duty speakers, thanked people in a second tweet for liking its first post, which was retweeted more than 50,000 times. It also reminded followers again that instrument cases are designed for instruments and not people.

Sony And Yamaha Announce Electric, Autonomous Sc-1 Sociable Cart

Sony and Yamaha announce electric, autonomous SC-1 Sociable Cart

Sony and Yamaha have joined forces to create a new take on the future of entertainment, and it's packaged in a windowless mobility cart. Known as the SC-1 Sociable Cart, the electric autonomous box features big-screen TVs inside and out and will launch strictly as an experiential tool rather than product consumers could buy.  The SC-1 is a direct result of the shift that has been happening throughout the entire automotive market. Automakers have been hard at work to produce electric vehicles that feature autonomous capabilities, and this thing has both technologies. The SC-1 stores energy with a lithium-ion battery and puts it to use with an DC electric motor. It can seat up to five passengers, and it has a top speed of a little slower than 12 mph. Under certain conditions, the SC-1 can be remote-controlled, as well.  At 123.4 inches long, the SC-1 is about 16 inches more compact than the Fiat 500. Its boxy design allows for a height of about six feet, and it's about 51 inches wide. Because it uses cameras, sensors, and LIDAR to see and read its exterior, there are absolutely no windows on the vehicle. That means there's room for screens, both inside and out. The body wears four 55-inch 4K LCD monitors, and a 49-inch 4K LCD monitor sits inside. The outside screens can play a variety of content, including advertising, while the interior screen can play a video of the exterior or stream a variety of different entertainment options. The interior is also set up to use augmented reality for an immersive experience. Upping the creep factor, the exterior cameras can scan people walking around, read their demographics, and aim specific ads at them.  Sony and Yamaha are planning to launch new services with the vehicle in Japan in fiscal 2019 in places such as golf courses, amusement parks and commercial facilities, among others. At this time, it is not planned for sale.

Motogp: Movistar Yamaha Tops The Second Day Of Testing In Sepang 2018

MotoGP: Movistar Yamaha Tops the Second Day of Testing in Sepang 2018The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team were back on track today to continue work at the first official IRTA test of the 2018 season, held at the Sepang International Circuit. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi again worked diligently to improve their 2018 YZR-M1s, and the results echoed the positive rider feedback. They finished the second day in first and second place respectively.

Yamaha Motogp Team Return To The Track With Positive Feeling In Sepang Test 2018

Yamaha MotoGP Team Return to the Track With Positive Feeling in Sepang TestAfter a long winter wait, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team were back on track today for the first Official IRTA MotoGP Test of the 2018 season, held at the Sepang International Circuit. The first day of the three-day pre-season outing in Malaysia gave riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales a chance to get to know their new YZR-M1s and to start working through a number of test items. The teammates completed their first day back aboard their Yamahas in 6th and 13th place respectively.

Motogp: Yamaha Yonny Hernandez Set To Step In At Sepang Test 2018

MotoGP: Yamaha Yonny Hernandez Set to Step in at Sepang Test 2018The Columbian Yonny Hernandez will replace Jonas Folger at Monster Yamaha Tech3 for the first MotoGP pre-season test at the Sepang International Circuit, kicking off this week. Following the announcement that Folger has to sit out the entire 2018 campaign due to his continuous recovery, the 29-year old Hernandez takes over his Yamaha YZR-M1 for the three days of testing at the Malaysian venue, bringing five years of MotoGP experience. The Monster Yamaha Tech3 team intends to reveal a permanent replacement ahead of the second test in Thailand, mid-February.

Motogp: Movistar Yamaha Reveals Bikes For The 2018 Season

MotoGP: Movistar Yamaha Reveals Bikes For The 2018 SeasonThe Italy-based Yamaha Factory Racing team travelled to Madrid not only to present a new livery, but also to celebrate its strong partnership with telecommunications giant Telefónica Spain.


The two companies signed a five-year partnership agreement in the premier class of road racing in 2014, underlined with Movistar becoming the team's title sponsor. In the past four years, Yamaha and Telefónica Spain's shared values and passion for innovation laid the groundwork for success, resulting in a MotoGP Triple Crown in 2015 and the MotoGP Team's Title in 2016.