Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A 7.2-Channel Receiver Review

8.84 Mixed Usages
9.9 VIDEO FEATURES:
8.5 CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS:
8.9 AUDIO FEATURES:
8 MULTIZONE:
8.9 AMPLIFICATION:
Release year: 2020 Rating: 4.5 Dolby Atmos Dolby Vision Multiple-Zone

As a part of Yamaha's legendary Aventage series, RX-A2A sets a new standard for superior audio quality and cutting-edge technology. The receiver combines up-to-date technology, superb audio performance, and minimalistic design. In all the Aventage series receivers, there is AI technology for adjusting the audio content, with lots of supporting audio and video formats, Cinema DSP 3D, and lastly MusicCast audio system. All you can get in just one solution for bringing your favorite movies, music, and games to life.

Our Verdict

The Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A set a new benchmark for both audio and video quality in the receiver market in a great price range. Its unique ability to perform the truest form of audio makes it an unbeatable choice for home theater, music playback, cinema, etc. With all its innovative features, such as Surround: AI technology, MusicCast multi-room audio, and Yamaha's renowned YPAO, it offers an incredible listening experience. Whether you're enjoying your favorite movies, music, or games, this receiver, with its latest features, blends the sound according to the room acoustic, mostly suitable for small to medium size rooms. If you are seeking a receiver that combines top-tier performance, connectivity options, and exceptional audio quality, the Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A is worth all of it.

PROS
  • Minimalistic, sturdy structure.
  • Excellent audio and video quality.
  • Best for medium to small size rooms.
CONS
  • Support less audio formats.
  • Pricy.
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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 , HDR10+ , Dolby Vision , 8K Passthrough , 4K Upscaling
Watts Per Channel 100
Zones 2
Radio Internet Radio , Pandora , Spotify , Tidal , Deezer , Napster , SiriusXM
Amplifier

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB Yes
RCA LIne Input: 3
RCA LIne Output: N/A
RCA Pre-Outs: 2.2
XLR Line Inputs: N/A
XLR Pre-Outs: N/A
Phono Input: Yes
Optical Inputs: 1
Optical Output: N/A
Coaxial Inputs: 1
Multi-Channel Input: N/A
Headphone Out: 6.3 mm (1/4
HDMI Inputs: 7
HDMI Outputs: 1
8K Inputs: 7
Composite Video Input N/A
Composite Video Output: N/A
Component Video Input: N/A
Component Video Output: N/A
Front A/V Inputs: N/A
Speaker A/B: N/A

AUDIO FEATURES:

Maximum Channel Processing 7.1
Dolby Atmos YES
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Yes
Dolby Atmos Music N/A
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby Surround Upmixer Yes
Dolby Pro Logic N/A
Dolby Digital EX N/A
Surround EX N/A
DTS:X YES
DTS Neural:X Yes
DTS Virtual:X
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 N/A
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 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 N/A
DTS Dialog Control Yes
Dialog Enhancement N/A
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
Pure Direct Mode Yes
Independent Subwoofer Outputs N/A
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization with Multipoint Measurement
Audyssey App Support
Bass Sync
Optimized Bass Redirection

VIDEO FEATURES:

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

AMPLIFIERS

Channels 7.2
Front Wide Channel Support Yes
Current Feedback Topology
Discrete Amplification
HDAM
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 Zone 2
Zone 2 Outs RCA Preout
Zone 3 Outs N./A
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 YES
Web Browser Control Yes
IP Control for CI
Control4 SDDP
PreAmp Mode N/A
Display LCD
Remote Controller YES
Remote Control In/Out 1/1
LCD Display Yes
Detachable Power Cord Yes
Setup Assistant

POWER

Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 125 W (0.9% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 100 W (0.06% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 160 W (10% THD)
Power Supply AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Toroidal Transformer
Power Consumption 360 W
No Sound Power
Standby Power 0.1 W

BUILD

Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8
Weight 10.2 kg (22.5 lbs)
Chassis
Front Panel
Speaker Terminals 9
Large Speaker Terminals 9
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals Yes
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
High Grade Audio Components
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function Yes
Auto Power off Yes
Warranty 3 Years

SPECIFICATIONS

THD digital 0.04% (AUDIO 3 etc. to Front, Pure Direct, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 50 W, 8 Ω)
Analog Distortion
Phono Distortion
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
Rated Output digital
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 95 dB
S/N Ratio (digital)
Phono RIAA Deviation 0±0.5 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
Frequency Response (Analog In) +0/-3 dB (AUDIO 3 etc. to Front, Pure Direct, 10 Hz to 100 kHz)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI 2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB 11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance
Video Frequency Response
Ethernet Standard 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version 4.2
Bluetooth Frequency 2.4 GHz
USB Terminal USB2.0 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency 87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.) Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N Ratio Mono/Stereo: 69 dB/68 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%
AM Effective Sensitivity
AM Frequency 530 kHz - 1710 kHz
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Details Review

Design

The Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A has a sleek and elegant appearance. It features a minimalist front panel with a black finish and a prominent display screen. 

As the question for build quality, the RX-A2A is made with A-grade material that ensures longevity and durability. The chassis uses high-quality materials that minimize vibrations and resonance. The overall structure of the receiver is well-built, a perfect solution for the long run.

Audio Features

The Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A is a high-end audio/video receiver offering impressive features for both audio and video enthusiasts in this compact box. 

The receiver supports the latest audio formats, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. These sound formats turn the existing audio system more lifelike than before. You can enjoy a truly immersive and lifelike sound experience only by sitting in your coach. It also features Yamaha's proprietary Cinema DSP technology. This technology mainly enhances audio performance by recreating specific acoustic environments by giving a 3D surround sound experience. 

Moreover, the receiver delivers distortion-free sound with its advanced circuitry and high-current amplifiers.

It also supports multi-room audio with multiple zones of your home simultaneously. Enjoy music from any corner of your home. 

Its impressive audio features make it a top choice for audio enthusiasts seeking high-quality audio and stunning visuals.

Video Features

RX-A2A supports the latest 4K Ultra HD resolution, Dolby Vision, and 8K passthrough. It is compatible with HDR (High Dynamic Range) content also. All of these ensure breathtaking visuals with vibrant colors and crisp details, also enhance the contrast and provide a wider color spectrum for more lifelike images. Supporting HDMI 2.1 connectivity, this receiver enables smooth and seamless transmission of 4K video at high frame rates.

To improve the video quality further, the RX-A2A uses advanced upscaling technology. This will simply enhance lower-resolution content to near 4K quality. It also features advanced video processing to ensure smooth motion and eliminate artifacts.

The Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A has excellent audio and video performance. For providing a premium home theater experience, it works effortlessly. 

Compatible Devices

Yamaha has paid close attention to its receivers so that they can bring receivers for home theaters and music freaks. 

With extensive connectivity options, including HDMI inputs, USB ports, and Bluetooth, you can easily connect various devices like gaming consoles, smartphones, and turntables, expanding the versatility of this receiver.

So, the versatility makes this receiver an ideal choice to get into your home.

Connectivity

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A offers a wide range of connectivity options. You can connect your home theater, TV, or most other devices without facing much hassle.

For seamless integration with various audio and video devices, there are a total of seven HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs. Additionally, it features multiple analog inputs, digital inputs, and pre-amp outputs that make it flexible for connecting any other audio device. 

The receiver also supports wireless connectivity via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and AirPlay 2. This enables easy streaming and control of audio content from various sources.

Furthermore, Yamaha's latest MusicCast technology enables multi-room audio playback and wireless music streaming throughout the home.

Performance

Overall, Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A performs really well, giving tough competition to its competitors. From the audio quality to video, it is remarkable in every aspect.

One key factor that makes the Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A better than others is its exceptional audio performance. It delivers immersive, high-quality sound with its 7.2 channel. The amplifier that provides 100 watts per channel is also responsible for powerful audio. Whether you're watching movies or listening to music,  this power provides a detailed sound experience, 

Moreover, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are the latest audio formats for a three-dimensional sound experience by bouncing audio off the ceiling and walls. This feature brings a new level of depth to your existing entertainment and makes you feel like you're part of the action.

The Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A is also equipped with Yamaha's proprietary Cinema DSP 3D technology. You can enjoy a wide soundstage which enhances the overall audio experience further. It analyzes the audio signals and optimizes them for different listening environments. Ensure you get the best audio quality regardless of the room's acoustics.

Lastly, video performance, the receiver supports 4K Ultra HD, HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid Log-Gamma, everything you need for detailed video quality. Along with making it ideal for 4K TVs. It can upscale lower-resolution content to near 4K quality.

With all the features for audio and video, this receiver is impressive, with a minimalistic design and user-friendly interface. Graphical on-screen display that makes setup and navigation effortless.

For matching with the home theater, this is a feature-packed receiver. From the structure and performance to its great user-friendly nature makes it easier to make the decision to take it in your home.

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