Yamaha Aventage RX-A780 7.2 channel 4K A/V Receiver (2018 model) review

6.81 Mixed Usages
7 VIDEO FEATURES:
6.7 CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS:
7.2 AUDIO FEATURES:
6.5 MULTIZONE:
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Release year: 2018 Rating: 4.4

The Yamaha Aventage RX-A780 is a pretty amazing 7.2 channel 4K A/V Receiver from 2018. It's perfect for those audiophiles who want a good balance of performance without breaking the bank. This thing is perfect for medium-sized living spaces. It's got 7.2 channels, so you know the sound is rich and smooth. If you're into movies or music, the RX-A780 is a solid choice for your home entertainment setup that won't cost you a fortune.

 

Our Verdict

When it comes to home audio, the RX-A780 is quite fantastic. It's got a great mix of connectivity and performance, and it won't break the bank. It's got cool stuff like Zone 2 outputs and Cinema DSP 3D processing, so it's perfect for people who want a versatile audio setup. But sometimes there might be problems with HDMI connections and the audio options might not be super fancy, which could be a bummer for people who want the latest and greatest. If you're all about getting the best bang for your buck as an audiophile, the RX-A780 is a solid pick. It's got that killer audio experience that's just right for those average-sized living spaces.

PROS
  • Rich 7.2 channel audio experience.
  • AVENTAGE build ensures durability.
  • 4K Ultra HD and HDR support.
  • MusicCast enables multi-room audio.
  • YPAO room calibration for precision.
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity options.
  • Clear on-screen graphical user interface.
  • Yamaha's renowned sound quality.

 

CONS
  • Limited HDMI inputs for some users.
  • Basic remote control features.

 

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Specification

GENERAL

Receiver Type A/V Receiver
Number Of Channel 7.2 Channel
Number Channel Processing 7
Audio Feature Dolby Atmos , DTS:X
Video Feature HDR10 , Dolby Vision , 4K Passthrough , 4K Upscaling
Watts Per Channel 95 W
Zones 2
Radio Internet Radio , Pandora , Spotify , Tidal , Deezer , Napster , SiriusXM
Amplifier Class A/B

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB Yes
RCA LIne Input: 5
RCA LIne Output: 2
RCA Pre-Outs: 7.2
XLR Line Inputs: No
XLR Pre-Outs: No
Phono Input: Yes
Optical Inputs: 3
Optical Output: 1
Coaxial Inputs: 3
Multi-Channel Input: 1
Headphone Out: 1
HDMI Inputs: 7
HDMI Outputs: 2
8K Inputs: 1
Composite Video Input 3
Composite Video Output: 1
Component Video Input: 2
Component Video Output: 1
Front A/V Inputs: 1
Speaker A/B: No

AUDIO FEATURES:

Maximum Channel Processing 7.1
Dolby Atmos Yes
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Yes
Dolby Atmos Music Yes
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby Surround Upmixer Yes
Dolby Pro Logic Yes
Dolby Digital EX Yes
Surround EX Yes
DTS:X Yes
DTS Neural:X Yes
DTS Virtual:X Yes
DTS Neo Yes
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio Yes
DTS 96/24 Yes
DTS Express Yes
DTS-ES Yes
IMAX Enhanced Yes
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz/32 Bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Gapless Playback Yes
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter N/A
USB DAC N/A
Jitter Reduction Yes
DTS Dialog Control Yes
Dialog Enhancement Yes
Dialog Level Adjustment Yes
Dialog Normalization Yes
Dialogue Lift Yes
Compressed Music Enhancer Yes
High-resolution Music Enhancer N/A
Audyssey Dynamic EQ N/A
Audyssey Dynamic Volume N/A
Audyssey LFC N/A
Audyssey Sub EQ HT N/A
Audyssey DSX N/A
Direct Mode Yes
Pure Direct Mode Yes
Independent Subwoofer Outputs N/A
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C.)
Audyssey App Support N/A
Bass Sync N/A
Optimized Bass Redirection N/A

VIDEO FEATURES:

HDMI Version 2.1
Enhanced ARC Yes
HDCP Version 2.3
HDR10+ N/A
Dynamic HDR N/A
Dolby Vision Yes
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) Yes
QMS (Quick Media Switching) N/A
3-D Ready Yes
Video Signal Passthrough Yes
Video Signal Upscaling Yes
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Yes
Component Video Upscaling N/A
isf Certified Calibration Control N/A

AMPLIFIERS

Channels 7
Front Wide Channel Support N/A
Current Feedback Topology Yes
Discrete Amplification N/A
HDAM Yes
THX™ Certification N/A
Continuous 6 Ω Rated Yes
Certified 4 Ω Performance Yes
Bi-amp Capability Yes

GAMING FEATURES

Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) Yes
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) Yes
Quick Frame Transport (QFT) Yes

ZONES

Zones 2
Powered Zones 1
Zone 2 Outs RCA Preout
Zone 3 Outs No
RS-232C Interface N/A
+12V Trigger Output 1

RADIO

Analog Tuner FM/AM
Digital Radio N/A
Internet Radio Yes
Pandora Yes
Spotify Yes
Tidal Yes
Deezer Yes
SiriusXM Internet Radio Yes
Napster Yes

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

On-Screen Display Graphical User Interface
GUI Languages 9
Web Browser Control Yes
IP Control for CI Yes
Control4 SDDP Yes
PreAmp Mode N/A
Display Yes
Remote Controller RAV570
Remote Control In/Out 1/1
LCD Display Yes
Detachable Power Cord Yes
Setup Assistant Yes

POWER

Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 95 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front) 250 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front) 200 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front) 130 W
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 100 W
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 160 W
Power Supply AC 220-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Toroidal Transformer N/A
Power Consumption 670 W
No Sound Power 65 W
Standby Power 0.1 W

BUILD

Dimensions (W x H x D) 435 x 171 x 382 mm (with antenna: 435 x 248 x 382 mm)
Weight 11 kg
Chassis H-shaped cross member frame and rigid bottom frame
Front Panel Aluminum
Speaker Terminals 9 (front, center, surround, surround back, bi-amp, presence)
Large Speaker Terminals 9
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals Yes
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals N/A
High Grade Audio Components Yes
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function Yes
Auto Power off Yes
Warranty 2 Years

SPECIFICATIONS

THD digital 0.06% (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
Analog Distortion 0.06% (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
Phono Distortion 0.03% (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line) 200 mV / 47 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM) 3.5 mV / 47 kΩ
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance 1 V / 470 Ω
Rated Output digital 2 V / 2.3 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 82 dB
S/N Ratio (digital) 100 dB
Phono RIAA Deviation 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ±0.5 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In) 10 Hz - 100 kHz, +1/-3 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 11.2 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 11.2 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p / 75 Ω
Video Frequency Response 5 Hz - 10 MHz, -3 dB
Ethernet Standard IEEE 802.3 10BASE-T/IEEE 802.3u 100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version 4.2
Bluetooth Frequency 2.4 GHz
USB Terminal USB 2.0 High Speed
FM Frequency 87.5 MHz - 108 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.) 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N Ratio 65 dB (mono), 64 dB (stereo)
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) 0.7% (mono), 1.0% (stereo)
AM Effective Sensitivity 300 µV/m
AM Frequency 531 kHz - 1,602 kHz
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Details Review

Design

The design of the RX-A780 is like the perfect mix of modern style and usefulness. Users love how small and compact it is, making it super easy to fit into any home setup. The front panel is great, with a display that tells you stuff and buttons that are easy to find. It makes everything super easy to use. The build quality is pretty impressive, with a solid feel that makes you feel like it'll last a long time.

The design is pretty cool, but some users think it could use a more modern look. They feel like it's a bit old-fashioned compared to other options out there. Also, not having front HDMI inputs might be a bit annoying for people who always plug and unplug their devices.

Connectivity 

The Yamaha Aventage RX-A780 is outstanding because it has awesome connectivity options that are perfect for all your home entertainment needs. With a whopping 7 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs, this bad boy gives you plenty of options to hook up all your devices without any hassle. With the Zone 2 outputs, you can amp up your entertainment game! Now you can set up different rooms with speakers and enjoy music in multiple areas at the same time. It's all about taking your entertainment experience to the next level!

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are super handy for wireless stuff, making it easy to stream from devices that work together. Users like how easy it is to connect Bluetooth devices. It makes it super quick and easy to listen to music.

Even though these strengths are pretty good, there have been some occasional reports of HDMI handshake issues popping up. Sometimes you have to step in and do some manual stuff to make sure the connections stay stable. This hiccup, though not a big deal, shows how important it is to be aware and troubleshoot for the best performance. Also, not having HDMI 2.1 might bum out folks who were hoping to use the newest gaming consoles and devices. It could be a bummer for future improvements in home entertainment too.

Performance

The performance of the RX-A780 is super impressive, giving you an awesome audio experience with its 7.2-channel setup. Users love how this thing can make a sound that's clear and balanced. It amps up the fun when you're watching movies or jamming out to music. Adding Cinema DSP 3D processing makes everything sound super fancy, giving you an awesome surround sound experience that blows your mind.

The YPAO room calibration system is pretty awesome because it customizes the audio to fit the room's acoustics. It's a valuable feature to have! This feature makes sure that no matter how big or small your room is, you'll get the best sound that's just right for your space.

The RX-A780 is pretty impressive overall, but some users say it might have a hard time filling bigger rooms. So, if you've got a big home setup, you might want to think about the fact that the audio might not be as mind-blowing as you'd hoped. Also, if you're really into fancy audio stuff like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, you might be a bit bummed that they're not available on this thing. So, if you're all about high-quality audio, this might not be the best choice for you.‌, the RX-A780 is good in a lot of ways, but you should think about what you want and how big your room is to get the best sound.

Where and When to Use

The RX-A780 is perfect for chill living spaces. With its 7.2 channels, it creates an awesome audio vibe. Whether you're having a movie night, gaming with friends, or just chilling with some tunes, this A/V receiver can handle it all. It's super versatile, which makes it a cool choice for people who want a good balance of performance and cost.

Compatible Devices

The RX-A780 is all about compatibility, so you can hook up your gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, and streaming devices without issues. Users love the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi stuff because it makes it super easy to connect wireless gadgets. Even though it doesn't have the latest HDMI 2.1 support, it's still pretty versatile for people with different home entertainment needs.

Ease of Use

Setting up and using the RX-A780 is pretty easy, thanks to its user-friendly interface and clearly labeled buttons. The remote control that comes with it is awesome because it's super easy to use and feels comfortable in your hand. You can easily find all the important buttons without any hassle. The YPAO room calibration process is super easy to use; it'll walk you through the steps to make your audio sound awesome.

While it's generally user-friendly, some people mention that there's a bit of a learning curve, especially for those who are new to A/V receivers. Figuring out the fancy settings can be tough for newbies, so you might need to check the manual. Also, the menu system could use some improvements to make it easier to navigate quickly.

Cost

The RX-A780 is extremely cost-effective, giving you a great bang for your buck. It performs well for its price. Although it doesn't have all the fancy features of more expensive models, it's a great choice for people who want good quality without spending a ton of money. The great thing about budget-friendly audio systems is that they let you dive into the world of advanced audio without breaking the bank.

 

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