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Yamaha AVENTAGE Series 7.2 Channel Black Network AV Receiver - RX-A1030BL

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110 Watts Per Channel/ Anti-Resonance Technology (A.R.T.) Wedge/ AirPlay, Pandora And Rhapsody Music Streaming Service/ FLAC Or WAV 192 kHz/24-Bit Audio Playback/ High-Resolution Music Enhancer/ Ultra HD (4K) Pass-Through And Upscaling/ YPAO R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control) Sound Optimization/ ECO Mode Operation/ Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)/ MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) Support/ Black Finish
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Yamaha AVENTAGE Series 7.2 Channel Black Network AV Receiver, Model RXA1030BK

The AVENTAGE line of high-performance AV receivers is based on the audio design concept of providing a massive, full-bodied sound for movie sound effects and the accurate reproduction of music sources. By expertly harmonizing traditional and advanced technologies, every factor that affects sound quality, from materials and parts to construction, layout, vibration damping (unique foot) and “fine-tuning” the sound, is handled with no other thought than to achieve the best possible audio quality. As a result, every AVENTAGE model has the ability to reproduce the most subtle details of high-definition sound, so that listeners can enjoy a truly high-class sound studio experience at home.

Features:

  • Anti-Resonance Technology Wedge Helps to Ensure that Vibrations Do Not Affect Sound Quality
    The Anti-Resonance Technology (A.R.T.) Wedge is a fifth foot in the center of the unit. It dampens vibrations from the power transformer, power transistors and heat sinks, as well as vibrations that might be caused by the sound from the speakers
  • Aluminum Front Panel Offers Visual and Aural Benefits
    All of the AVENTAGE components feature the same sleek, clean design, with an elegant aluminum front panel and silky touch volume/selector knobs. The aluminum front panel is used to effectively shield sensitive circuitry from external noise and electronic radiation generated by dimmer switches, fluorescent lighting, video monitors and so on. This ensures optimum sonic performance in the widest range of installation environments
  • Symmetrical Power Amplifier Layout
    This is just one of the many design details that all combine to create a superior receiver. The interior of the unit has been precisely planned, circuit-routed and built so that the left and right channels are physically and electrically isolated. This naturally maximizes channel separation, but also greatly improves signal-to-noise ratio and also helps to achieve a wide, open sound stage
  • Total Purity Concept for the Finest Sound Quality
    The Total Purity Concept, which Yamaha has been cultivating for many years, encompasses high drive amp technology, high purity pre-amplification, anti-vibration technology and independent pure power supplies. All models have a fully discrete power amplifier that helps to minimize distortion. They also adopt independent pure power supplies, allowing dedicated power supplies for the analog and digital circuitry to prevent digital noise from affecting analog circuitry. The anti-vibration heatsinks are designed to suppress vibration from transistors and sound pressure. Independent power supplies for the DACs are designed to further eliminate noise on certain models. Down to every detail, these AV receivers are designed with full emphasis on the highest possible sound quality
  • Sound Tuning Achieved with High Quality Parts for Optimum Performance
    Every single part in an AV receiver affects the sound quality. For AVENTAGE models, extra time is taken to find (or develop) the exact parts needed to achieve the highest performance possible. Sound technicians go through a testing process to, in effect, “tune” the receiver’s sound
  • Professional Quality Digital Audio by ESS DAC
    Incorporating the ES9006 Premier Audio DAC from ESS Technology to achieve an exceptionally good signal-to-noise ratio and up to 120 dB of dynamic range, this AV receiver produces professional quality digital audio
  • Extensive Audio Codec and Format Support
    This AV receiver is compatible with many audio formats such as Dolby® True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio™. They are also compatible with FLAC/WAV 192 kHz playback. You will enjoy excellent sound quality from a Blu-ray Disc™ and other types of high resolution sources
  • Ultra HD (4K) Pass-through and Upscaling
    This AV receiver's HDMI input/output supports Ultra HD (4K) video image pass-through. It also can perform Ultra HD (4K) upscaling to boost a lower resolution image to super high-def resolution. This ensures compatibility with the latest super high resolution video formats
  • HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel
    3D means the receiver can handle 3D signal data. The Audio Return Channel function enables data to be sent and received via the same HDMI cable, so you can hear the sound from the TV via a single HDMI cable, with no need for an extra optical cable
  • High Quality Video Processing with Edge Adaptive Deinterlacing
    In ordinary deinterlacing, pixels in areas of movement are interpolated by upper and lower ranges. This causes jaggies in diagonal lines. Edge adaptive deinterlacing detects the direction of the line and interpolates the pixels optimally
  • Network Functions
    This AV receiver provides a variety of network functions that enable you to access more sources and also enhance operation. You can connect the receiver to a PC to enjoy Internet radio, Pandora® and Rhapsody® and operate your system via WebBrowser Control. The AV Controller App (from iTunes® App Store or Google Play) lets you control various functions from your iPod®, iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ phones/tablets
  • AV Controller App for Easy, Convenient Operation
    This AV receiver lets you use the Yamaha AV Controller App that is downloadable from the iTunes App Store or Google Play to control power on/off and volume, select input and DSP modes and operate other functions from an iPhone or Android devices. You can also use in as many as 23* different languages and customize the interface by hiding unused icons and renaming functions. A tablet version is also available
    • *As of Spring 2013
  • AirPlay® Allows Streaming Music to AV Receiver
    This AV receiver supports AirPlay, which means it can accept wireless music streaming from an iPod, iPhone or iPad, as well as from iTunes on a Mac® or PC. This makes it easy to enjoy music from your mobile devices or computer on your home theater system. You can view metadata such as song title and artist name as well as album art* via the AV receiver's on-screen display
    • *Some models don't support album art display
  • MHL® (Mobile High-Definition Link) Support for High Quality Video and Audio
    MHL provides easy, direct connection of compatible mobile phones and this AV receiver. Playback of up to 1080p video and multi-channel audio from the phones is supported. The receiver also charges the connected phone. Play, stop and other basic operations can be controlled from the remote control
  • USB Digital Connection for iPod, iPhone and iPad on the Front Panel
    A USB port on the front panel allows convenient connection of an iPod/iPhone/iPad, which also charges when connected. Because the digital signal from the iPod/iPhone/iPad is transmitted directly to the AV receiver, there is no signal loss or interference, so you enjoy the best possible sound quality. In addition, you can use the receiver’s remote control unit to operate the iPod/iPhone/iPad music playback functions
  • YPAO™ R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control) Sound Optimization with Multi-point Measurement
    YPAO analyzes room acoustics and performs speaker angle measurements, then calibrates audio parameters to achieve optimum sound at any of several listening positions. It employs Reflected Sound Control to correct early reflections for studio-quality sound. It also provides DSP Effect Normalization, which varies the CINEMA DSP parameters according to the reflected sounds
  • Extra-convenient SCENE PLUS
    The SCENE PLUS function simplifies operation by providing one touch power-on along with selection of the desired source and the appropriate DSP programs. SCENE PLUS offers a choice of 12 SCENE selections, four of which can be assigned to the second zone in a multi-zone system. SCENE PLUS can be selected from the front panel, remote control, GUI and even from the AV Controller App
  • HDMI Front Panel Input
    In addition to the large number of HDMI inputs on the rear panel, there is also one on the front panel. This gives you a convenient way to quickly plug in a digital camera or camcorder for highest quality pictures
  • HDMI CEC for Easy Operation
    Another benefit of HDMI is the availability of CEC functionality. When the unit is connected to a CEC compatible TV, it will turn on and off together with the TV and you can use the TV remote to control the volume.* CEC also provides advanced functionality with other components. For example, you can use the receiver’s remote unit to control player functions like skip and stop
    • *All connected devices must be HDMI CEC compatible. Some CEC compatible TVs/players may not work
  • Input Selection in HDMI Standby Through Mode
    When the AV receiver is in HDMI Standby Through mode, the input source (Blu-ray Disc player, game console, etc.) for viewing on the monitor can be changed via the remote control. There’s no need to turn on the AV receiver in order to switch sources
  • Advanced Multi-language GUI On-screen Display
    Yamaha’s latest graphical user interface has a high resolution display with clear, easy-to-use menus and also includes a selectable status bar that shows input source, volume level, DSP mode and audio format. The GUI provides a choice of eight languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Italian and Chinese and can be displayed over both normal and 3D pictures
  • Intelligent Amp Assign
    Intelligent Amp Assign automatically assigns amplifier channels to certain speakers, depending on what functions are selected. For example, when Zone 2 is off, all 9.1 channels will be used in the Main Zone. However, when Zone 2 is on, power to the two surround back channels will be directed to the two speakers in Zone 2 and the Main Zone will receive 7.1 channels of power. Similarly, when CINEMA DSP HD3 is on, the two Rear Presence speakers will be powered and not the two surround back speakers. When CINEMA DSP HD3 is off, this situation is reversed. Thanks to Intelligent Amp Assign, there’s no need to switch the speaker cables on the rear of the receiver—one more way Yamaha makes your life a little easier
  • Connection for YWA-10 Wi-Fi Adapter
    This AV receiver provides a DC out connection for the YWA-10 Wi-Fi adapter (optional accessory). This lets you stream music wirelessly via a router from network components such as a PC or NAS
  • Connection for YBA-11 Bluetooth® Wireless Adapter
    This AV receiver provides a DC out connection for the YBA-11 Bluetooth wireless adapter (optional accessory). You'll be able to stream music wirelessly from a Bluetooth wireless technology capable smartphone, tablet or PC, without a Wi-Fi environment
  • HD Audio with CINEMA DSP 3D and Virtual Presence Speaker
    CINEMA DSP 3D provides a wide, high and dense sound field. HD Audio format decoding lets you enjoy HD Audio sources. Virtual Presence Speakers deliver 3D sound without actual use of presence speakers
  • Subwoofer Trim for Improved Sound Imaging
    The Subwoofer Trim Control enhances the low frequencies by avoiding overlap with the front speaker output. This will result in a cleaner, more focused sound stage while providing a seamless frequency response. When subwoofer frequency overlap occurs in conventional systems, the overall sound is “pushed” toward the subwoofer. Subwoofer Trim Control takes care of this by separating the low subwoofer frequencies cleanly, thus stabilizing the front stage while providing a well-balanced, enhanced bass sound
  • Dialogue Lift and Dialogue Level Adjustment for Natural Dialogue and Vocals
    Dialogue Lift raises the sound of dialogue from the center speaker to a position in the center of the screen. Newly developed Virtual Dialogue Lift achieves dialogue lift function even without the need for presence speakers. Dialogue Level Adjustment lets you control the volume of the vocal sound, so you hear movie dialogue and music vocals at the ideal level for clear, comfortable listening
  • New Virtual CINEMA DSP for 7.1 Channel Surround Sound
    New Virtual CINEMA DSP provides virtual 7.1 channel surround sound from only front speakers (2.1 channel), with no need for rear speakers. Using new 24 kHz HRTF (Head-related Transfer Function) technology, it creates a rear sound field that is extremely spacious, natural and powerful
  • Compressed Music Enhancer
    When music is encoded into a digitally compressed format like MP3, the frequency response suffers. Yamaha’s Compressed Music Enhancer employs sophisticated digital signal processing using exclusive algorithms to restore what was lost so the music always sounds the way it should
  • Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)
    Adaptive DRC automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialog and vocals and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening when you do not want to disturb others
  • HDMI Zone Switching Allows Different HD Audio/Video Sources Playback in Different Rooms
    HDMI zone switching offers the ability to individually select and send HD video programs to two separate zones. Watch a Blu-ray Disc movie in the Main Zone while an HD cable TV broadcast plays in another room (Zone 2)
  • ECO Mode Lowers Power Consumption by 20 Percent*
    Yamaha’s ECO mode reduces power consumption by about 20 percent. It can be set from the top of the GUI menu
    • *Compared to power consumption when ECO mode is off (Yamaha measurement)
  • Selectable Auto Power Down
    Auto Power Down lets you save energy by selecting to turn off the power after two, four, eight or 12 hours
  • Low Standby Power Consumption
    Yamaha makes its receivers eco-friendly with a low standby power consumption of 0.35 W in IR Standby mode (5 W in HDMI Standby Through mode, 2.2 W in Network Standby mode)
  • Other Notable Audio Features
    • HD Audio format decoding: Dolby TrueHD® and DTS-HD Master Audio™; Dolby® Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio™
    • Heat sink with anti-vibration and anti-thermal properties
    • DAC on Pure Ground circuitry
    • High speed thermal feedback power amplifier
    • Low jitter PLL circuitry helps optimize sound imaging
    • Detachable power cable for easier installation (also allows cable upgrade)
    • Assignable amplifiers for bi-amp connection
    • Intelligent assignable amplifiers for surround back - Front Presence or Zone 2
    • Phono input for vinyl playback
  • Other Notable Video Features
    • Ultra HD (4K)/full HD 1080p video upscaling from analog and HDMI input
    • HDMI: 8 inputs (1 on front) and 2 outputs (assignable for zone)
    • Supports Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v.Color, 24 Hz refresh rate and auto lip-sync compensation
  • Other Notable Advanced Features
    • DLNA® 1.5 certified
    • HD Radio™
    • Charging of iPod, iPhone and iPad via USB when AV receiver is off
    • iPod/iPhone/iPad song titles displayed in English and Western European languages on the front panel and on-screen display
    • Ability to store and choose between two speaker setting patterns
    • Flexibly assignable component video and optical/coaxial (except video aux) inputs allow a wide range of source components
    • Preset remote unit
    • Background video feature (for tuner and network sources)
  • Other Notable Surround Realism
    • HD Audio decoding with CINEMA DSP 3D (17 DSP programs)
    • Virtual dialogue lift even without use of presence speakers
    • Virtual Presence Speaker function for CINEMA DSP 3D surround without Front Presence speakers
    • Channel expandability with external amplifier (7 channel expandability, bi-amping)
    • Adaptive DSP Level
  • Other Notable Advanced Zone Control Features
    • Zone 2 on/off and control on front panel
    • Zone 2 video assign (component, S-video, composite)
    • System backup/recovery function
    • Zone mono, zone volume, tone controls and balance, etc.
    • Party Mode

Specifications:

Amplifier Section

  • Channel: 7.2
  • Rated Output Power (1kHz, 2ch driven): 120 W (8 ohms, 0.9% THD)
  • Rated Output Power (20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven): 110 W (8 ohms, 0.06% THD)
  • Dynamic Power per Channel (8/6/4/2 ohms): 135 / 165 / 210 / 280 W

Surround Sound Processing

  • CINEMA DSP: Yes (3D)
  • DSP Programs: 17
  • Dialog Level Adjustment: Yes
  • Virtual Presence Speaker: Yes
  • Dialogue Lift: Yes (No presence speakers required)
  • SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSP: Yes
  • Dolby TrueHD: Yes
  • Dolby Digital Plus: Yes
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx: Yes
  • DTS-HD Master Audio: Yes

Audio

  • Pure Direct: Yes (With video on mode)
  • Compressed Music Enhancer: Yes
  • YPAO multi-point measurement: Yes (R.S.C. w/multi-point measurement)
  • Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control): Yes
  • Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Setting: Yes
  • A.R.T. Wedge: Yes
  • Bi-amp capability: Yes
  • Audio Delay: Yes (0-500 ms)
  • 192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels: Yes (ESS)

Video

  • 4K Ultra HD Pass-through 6 upscaling: Yes
  • HDMI 3D passthrough: Yes
  • HDMI Audio Return Channel: Yes
  • Component upconversion: Yes
  • HDMI upscaling: Yes (Analog to HDMI / HDMI to HDMI)
  • Deep Color/x.v.Color/24Hz Refresh Rate /Auto Lip-Sync: Yes

Extensive Connection

  • HDMI Input/Output: 8 (1 front) / 2 (Assignable for zone)
  • HDMI CEC: Yes (SCENE, device control)

Connectivity

  • MHL Support: Yes

Extensive Connection

  • USB Input: iPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player
  • Network Port: Yes (AirPlay, Pandora®, Rhapsody®, DLNA® 1.5, vTuner)

Connectivity

  • AirPlay: Yes

Connectivity

  • DC Out: Yes

Extensive Connection

  • Front AV Input: HDMI (MHL support), USB, analog audio, optical, composite
  • Digital Audio Input/Output: Optical: 4 (1 front) / 1
  • Digital Audio Input/Output: Coaxial: 3 / 0
  • Analog Audio Input/Output: 10 (1 front) / 1
  • Phono Input: Yes
  • Component Video Input/Output: 4 / 1
  • S-Video Input/Output: 4 / 1
  • Composite Video Input/Output: 5 (1 front) / 1
  • Multi-Channel Input: 8 ch
  • Preout: 7.2 ch
  • Headphone Output: 1

Tuner Section

  • FM/AM Tuner: Yes
  • HD Radio Compatibility: Yes

User Interface

  • On-screen display: Graphical user interface
  • SCENE: SCENE PLUS (12 sets)
  • App Control: Yes (iPhone / iPad, Android™ phone / tablet, Kindle Fire™ )
  • Web Browser Control: Yes
  • Remote Control Unit: Yes (Preset)

Zone Control

  • Zone 2 Audio Output: HDMI / PRE OUT
  • Powered Zone: Zone 2
  • Zone Video Output: HDMI / Component / S-video / Composite
  • Zone B Output: HDMI
  • RS-232C Interface: Yes
  • +12V Trigger Output: 2
  • Remote (IR) Input/Output: 1 / 1
  • Party Mode: Yes

General

  • Standby Power Consumption (IR only): =0.3 W
  • Auto Power Standby: Yes
  • ECO mode: Yes
  • Detachable Power Cord: Yes
  • Front Panel: Aluminum

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 7-1/8"
  • Width: 17-1/8"
  • Depth: 17"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 33.3 lbs
  • Shipping: 36 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 2 Year Parts and Labor Warranty
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details
Air PlayYes
ColorBlack
Channels7.2
Watts Per Channel110
AM/FM PresetYes
Bluetooth CompatibilityYes
Satellite Radio ReadyYes
3D ReadyYes
iPod CompatibilityYes
Decoders/EncodersDolby TrueHD/Dolby Pro Logic IIz/Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio/DTS-ES/DTS Neo:X/7.1
Input ConnectorsHDMI, Component, Composite, Analog, Coaxial, USB
Output ConnectorsOptical, Analog, Component, S-Video, Composite, Preout, Headphone
THX CertificationNo
HDMI Outputs2
USB Ports1
Height7.13
Width17.13
Depth17
Weight33.3
Parts Warranty2 Years
Labor Warranty2 Years
  

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Yamaha AVENTAGE Series 7.2 Channel Black Network AV Receiver
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound quality (17)
  • Good power output (15)
  • Easy to set up (14)
  • Simple controls (12)
  • Good remote control (8)

Cons

  • Confusing / bad remote control (3)

Best Uses

  • Home theater (17)
  • Multiple rooms / whole house (10)
  • Large rooms (6)
  • Basic systems (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie enthusiast (10), Audiophile (8), Tech savvy (7), Practical (4), Technically challenged (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17)

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update to my prior review

After having the unit for a month, I will say this is an excellent unit. Shame on me for not printing out the owner's manual and understanding the settings :-( [the system...Read complete review

After having the unit for a month, I will say this is an excellent unit. Shame on me for not printing out the owner's manual and understanding the settings :-( [the system defaults to the proper default settings, that is great! - I was used to my old Onkyo settings and thus was confused]

I use this with a 5.1 setup, the sound imaging and quality is excellent and I now also have the music from CDs sounding great. Having it wired to the internet is easy, and Pandora is outstanding.

Watching the first new episode of Breaking Bad with this system was a whole new dimension with that show, hearing those kids on the skateboards with the sound wrapping around your head was fantastic.

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Great Bells & Whistles if ya can find em

I upgraded from an entry level Denon to the Yamaha RX-A1030. Needed to push more wattage into my new Focal Chorus v826 Floor Standing Speakers. It does the job and was the least expensive...Read complete review

I upgraded from an entry level Denon to the Yamaha RX-A1030. Needed to push more wattage into my new Focal Chorus v826 Floor Standing Speakers. It does the job and was the least expensive in a line of comparable units, thus my final choice. I love that it comes standard with Pandora & Rhapsody, and several inputs for more speakers down the line.
But the interface is not user friendly for the average consumer. Navigation requires a manual check-in for the simplest of functions. Settings for example aren't accessible via the obvious "Top Menu" or "Pop-Up/Menu" button, but rather the "On Screen" Button. The interface design doesn't lend itself to clarity either. I'm sure I'll get the hang of it, but I think Yamaha should aim to remove some of the guess work.

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4.0

Best Sound Quality for MP3 Files

By rickk726

from Bristow, VA

About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Technically Challenged

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Good Power Output
  • Great Sound Quality

Cons

  • Confusing / Bad Remote Control

Best Uses

  • Home Theater
  • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

Comments about Yamaha AVENTAGE Series 7.2 Channel Black Network AV Receiver:

Watching movies and listening to music over different sources (IPOD, Sirius, Pandora, web, etc.)I have had other systems (Pioneer, Sony, Kenwood & Bose) I love the sound I get with the Yamaha. I tested it in store and you know they use the best equipment to demo it, but the quality was there when I took it home and hooked it up to my equipment. Pure Quality.

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5.0

Really enjoying the Yamaha rx-a1030

By TJ

from Salisbury, Md

About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Wanna be audiophile

Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Good Power Output
  • Good Remote Control
  • Great Sound Quality
  • Lots Of Av Connections
  • Love The Front Panel And

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Great Stereo Music
    • Home Theater
    • Larger Rooms
    • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

    Comments about Yamaha AVENTAGE Series 7.2 Channel Black Network AV Receiver:

    I bought this receiver to use for music and movies and it balances both well. Really easy to set up, very easy to understand, lots of fun to use. My girlfriend hated me buying this and last night had to admit how much better watching a movie was with fantastic sound.

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    4.0

    Excellent machine!!!!

    By Marcos

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Pro Audio / DJ

    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Energy Efficient
    • Good Power Output
    • Great Sound Quality
    • Well built

    Cons

    • REMOTE CONTROL
    • Weak "air Play" Signal

    Best Uses

    • Home Theater
    • Larger Rooms
    • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
    • Music

    Comments about Yamaha AVENTAGE Series 7.2 Channel Black Network AV Receiver:

    Great product, remote control feels cheap, no back lighting on the remote, Airplay option kept cutting off, excellent sound, great app interface. Worth the money I paid. "This is why I gave it 4 stars"

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    4.0

    Solid Workhorse

    By Neophyte Audiophile

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Airplay Support
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Hd Radio Tuner
    • Ipad App
    • Ipod Support
    • Phono input

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All-in-one
      • Home Theater
      • Smaller Rooms

      Comments about Yamaha AVENTAGE Series 7.2 Channel Black Network AV Receiver:

      I bought the Yamaha RX-A1030 to replace my old Panasonic SC-HT800V Home Theater System. The A1030 was a big step up from my old system and after a month of use I'm generally very happy with it. I paired it with a Bose Acoustimass 10 since I live in a small apartment and don't need big speakers.

      My impressions so far are that it is a solid all-around feature-rich system. I have never been blown away by any of the features of the A1030, but I'm always satisfied. It does a lot of things very well, but is not amazing at anything. I would characterize it as an entry-level audiophile-grade system. It's a very feature-rich system and I feel like I haven't explored everything it has to offer yet. Two of the features that were really important to me when I was shopping around for a new AVR were a HD Radio Tuner and a Phono input (since I listen to a lot of vinyl records). At its price point this was one of the few systems that had both of those features.

      ---Things I like---

      HD Radio Tuner. I've had a HD radio tuner in my car stereo for a long time and love it, so it was a critical feature for my new home system to have a HD Radio Tuner.

      Phono Input

      Free iPad App (turns your iPad into a remote for the A1030)

      iPod support (I can plug my iPod into the A1030 & control it from the iPad app)

      AirPlay support (so I can stream music from my laptop)

      YPAO room audio calibration (super easy to use, good results).

      LOTS of connection options. Simplified my home entertainment system a lot being able to run everything through the A1030.

      --Things that could be improved---

      Needs a Full-Dot LCD display like a lot of car receivers use. I find it annoying when I am listening to the radio and I'm trying to read the song artist/title information and I have to wait for it to slowly scroll across the standard LCD display.

      I was underwhelmed by the phono amplifier. It could be improved. Prior to the A1030 I was using a Rolls VP29 Phono Preamp and I would say the Rolls is as good or better than the Yahmaha phono amp.

      While I like the iPad App it could use some redesign. It is not super intuitive and could use some UX rethinking.

      The remote is average. Some people really complained about it in on-line reviews. I just thought it was average. The buttons are small, the text is tiny, and the layout is not very intuitive. Just like the iPad App if feels like it would benefit from a user-experience redesign. An example of a remote I like is the one for my old Sony DVP-NC600 5 disc carousel CD/DVD player.

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      5.0

      Used as 5.1

      By JD

      from Southern Maryland

      About Me Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Confusing / Bad Remote Control

      Best Uses

      • Home Theater

      Comments about Yamaha AVENTAGE Series 7.2 Channel Black Network AV Receiver:

      Really like this receiver. I am using Polk RTI A9's, CSI A6, FXI A6's, and DSWPRO 550wi. My setup is very power hungry and I was worried about the power output of the a1030 not being enough for my speakers, but it turns out there wasn't anything to worry about. In a 12x14 room it plays very loud with no clipping when you crank it. I live in an apartment so I usually stay at medium volume most of the time. If I was playing it at high volumes more frequently I would probably invest in an amp, but for medium loud listening, it's fine.

      There are a ton of settings to play with here. I would recommend reading the owners manual as setup is not extremely intuitive. They kind of throw all of the advanced features at you without any explanations of what it does. If you're not experienced at setting up a receiver it may be a little overwhelming. There is a hidden web interface that allowed me to manually set up the receiver, which I found to be much easier. Just open your web browser and type in the IP address followed by /Setup/ in the address bar
      (IE 192.168.1.138/Setup/).

      The remote gives you a lot of functionality, but is not very well layed out. You get used to it after a while, I guess. In future models I would like to see a remote with RF capability so I can more easily change the location of the receiver.

      The YPAO automated setup works well. It's not as slick as Audyssey, but it gets the job done. I have used both and I actually think the Yamaha gives you the ability for more adjustment. There are many people who like the Cinema DSP, but I haven't really found one I like (except 7 channel music). I use mainly straight decode for movies and tv.

      Overall, I like the quality and the wide assortment of features of the a1030. It may not be packaged as slick as some of it's competitors, but it's got it where it counts.

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      5.0

      Great Home Theater Engine

      By nathj

      from Scaggsville, MD

      About Me Audiophile, Practical, Tech Savvy

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Energy Efficient
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Theater
        • Larger Rooms
        • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

        Comments about Yamaha AVENTAGE Series 7.2 Channel Black Network AV Receiver:

        This is a great receiver. It is replacing a Yamaha RX-Z1 which lacked HDMI. Very easy to set up and loaded with features. My only negative is the remote which is not backlit & buttons are too small. IPAD app is nice, but the unit's own remote should be better for a receiver in this price range. Easily drives 4 Definitive Tech Towers as part of a 6.1 surround system. Among favorite features are Airplay, DLNA server, & NET radio.

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        5.0

        Great multizone receiver.

        By JR

        from Beverly Hills,MI

        About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Good Remote Control
        • Great Sound Quality
        • I Pad Interfac
        • Love The 2 Zone Capabilit

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Basic Systems
          • Home Theater
          • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

          Comments about Yamaha AVENTAGE Series 7.2 Channel Black Network AV Receiver:

          This is a great receiver. It is an upgrade from a 15+ year old Yamaha rxv 900 series that was a first generation digital receiver that technology had passed by. The setup was relatively easy. Only problem was I did not realize that the HDMI inputs do not out put to zone 2 except for the dedicated zone 2 HDMI. The first things I set up were blue ray and sat TV to HDMI, so spent a few frustrating hours trying to figure out why zone 2 did not work. Connected air play and was able to get zone 2 going. After connecting aux RCA jacks for audio to blue ray and Sat TV was able to get all audio in zone 2.

          Sound quality is fantastic. The IPad interface is really great. I would say the wireless adapter is a must option. Not sure why not internal.

          I am very pleased with purchase and would buy again.

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          5.0

          Met every expectation

          By kbost

          from Texas

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Power Output
          • Good Remote Control
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Theater
            • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

            Comments about Yamaha AVENTAGE Series 7.2 Channel Black Network AV Receiver:

            Use for home theater, music, and to power speakers out by pool. Great power than previously owned Denon especially to second zone.

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            5.0

            Great Value w/features

            By DVD Collector

            from Mississippi

            About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good Power Output
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

            • Poor Reception / Weak Antenna

            Best Uses

            • Home Theater

            Comments about Yamaha AVENTAGE Series 7.2 Channel Black Network AV Receiver:

            Replaced a older Yamaha RXV635.
            Wanted switchable latest HDMI I/O w/pre-amp outputs. Familiar great sound fields plus HDradio as a plus.

            FM antenna works but does not pick up all that well, my office boombox picks up better with its antenna. Guess I will get big antenna in Attic and run wire down wall to receiver as I want to receive all the HDFM stations available in my area.

            DTS encoder is a plus feature as is the network ability for music server.

            Simple to connect and simple to setup using guide and Microphone. Really livened up the room versus old system setup. Confirmed with SPL meter when done and right on the money. Price is better then other manufacturers with similar features.

            Zone 2 is something I feel needs to be dropped as I have those rooms setup with their own A/V systems. Wasted effort IMHO.

            I hope to have this for a log time as well until technology makes it obsolete. which I have no idea what the next big thing could be. 4K tvs? this is ready for it.

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            5.0

            Thank You Santa!

            By Waking The Neighbors

            from South Florida

            About Me Technically Challenged

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Theater
              • Larger Rooms

              Comments about Yamaha AVENTAGE Series 7.2 Channel Black Network AV Receiver:

              The 1030 came with some Martin Logans to create a better sound for the 70" Sharp. I'm far from being a audiophile so I checked reviews to come up with this "gift" and couldn't be happier! Hook up was simple and navigation through modes is a breeze. I was able to bi-wire the Motion 40's due to more outputs than I'll use. Sounds great in my very open living room. Only downside is I wish the buttons were bigger on the remote, though I rarely use it because the unit worked in conjunction with my cable box and TV out of the box.

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              Yamaha AVENTAGE Series 7.2 Channel Black Network AV Receiver

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