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YAMAHA RX-A1020 7.2-Channel Receiver

  • 7.2 channel
  • 8 HDMI
  • 3D passthrough
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AVENTAGE AV Receivers: Designed to Deliver the Highest Levels of Audio Performance

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.

High Quality Parts Allow Sound Tuning for Optimum Performance

Every single part in an AV receiver affects the sound quality. For the AVENTAGE models, extra time was taken to find (or develop) exactly the parts wanted and to test them together in prototype units. This testing process allowed sound technicians to, in effect, "tune" the receiver's sound in order to achieve the highest performance possible.

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.

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.

 

4K Pass-through and Upscaling Supports Latest High Resolution Video Formats

This AV receiver's HDMI input/output supports 4K video image pass-through. It also can perform 4K upscaling to boost a lower resolution image to super high-def resolution. This ensures compatibility with the latest super high resolution video formats.

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.

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.

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 and operate your system via Web Browser 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.

 

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 Android Market to control power on/off and volume, select input and DSP modes and operate other functions from an iPod, iPhone, iPad or Android phones. A tablet version is also available.

 

AirPlay Allows Streaming Music to AV receiver

This AV receiver supports AirPlay, which means they can accept wireless music streaming from iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, as well as from iTunes on Macs or PCs. This makes it easy to enjoy music from your mobile devices or computer on your home theater system. You can use view metadata such as song title, artist name as well as album art* via AV receiver's on-screen display.

*Some models don't support album art display.

 

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, even if the receiver is off. 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.

 

Versatile Zone Control

  • • HDMI Zone B for audio/video streaming to another room (same content as main room)
  • • Zone 2 on/off and control on front panel
  • • Zone 2 video assign (component, S-Video, composite)
  • • System backup/recovery function
  • • Multi-channel output in main Zone plus 2-channel HDMI output in Zone B
  • • Zone mono, Zone volume, tone controls and balance
  • • Party Mode

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.

 

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.)

 

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 seven languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Chinese, and can be displayed over both normal and 3D pictures.

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.

 

YPAO R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control) Sound Optimization with Speaker Angle Measurement

YPAO analyzes room acoustics and measures various speaker characteristics, then calibrates audio parameters to achieve optimum sound at any of eight 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.

 

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 takes care of this by separating the low subwoofer frequencies cleanly, thus stabilizing the front stage while providing a well-balanced enhanced bass sound.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 Speaker delivers 3-dimensional sound without actual use of presence speakers.

 

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.

ECO mode lowers power consumption by 20%*

Yamaha's new ECO mode reduces power consumption by about 20%. 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 2, 4, 8 or 12 hours.

 

Low Standby Power Consumption

Yamaha makes its receivers eco-friendly with a low standby power consumption of 0.1W in IR Standby mode (3W in HDMI Standby Through mode, 2W in Network Standby mode).

 

Intelligent Amp Assign

Intelligent Amp Assign automatically assigns amplifier channels to certain speakers, depending on what functions are selected. For example, in a 7.1-channel system, when Zone 2 is off, all 7.1 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 5.1 channels of power. Similarly, when CINEMA DSP 3D is on, the two Front Presence speakers will be powered and not the two Surround Back speakers. When CINEMA DSP 3D 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.

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.

 

Other Notable Audio Features

 

  • • 7-channel powerful surround sound
    110W per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.06% THD, 2ch driven)
    120W per channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9% THD, 2ch driven)
  • • 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
  • • Rigid chassis with additional bottom frames
  • • 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 2v
  • • Phono input for vinyl playback

 

 

Other Notable Video Features

 

  • • 4K/full HD 1080p video upscaling from analog and HDMI input
  • • HDMI: Eight inputs (one on front) and two outputs (simultaneous)
  • • Supports Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v.Color, 24Hz refresh rate and auto lip-sync compensation

 

 

Other Notable Advance Features

 

  • • HDMI front panel input for devices such as camcorders and digital cameras
  • • 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
  • • Audio delay for adjusting lip-sync (0-500 ms)
  • • Newly designed preset remote unit
  • • Background video feature (for tuner and net)

 

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

 


Learn more about the Yamaha RX-A1020

General

Brand
YAMAHA
Type
Receiver
Model
RX-A1020
Channels
7.2-Channel

Processing

Audio
Pure Direct: Yes (with video on mode)

YPAO multi-point measurement: Yes with R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control)

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 (Burr-Brown)
Video
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

4K Pass-through & 4K Upscaling: Yes

Radio

FM/AM Tuner
HD Radio Compatibility

Connectivity

Input
Front AV Input: HDMI, USB, analog audio, optical, composite

Analog Audio Input/Output: 10 (1 front) / 1

Phono Input: Yes

Component Video Input/Output: 4 / 1
Output
S-Video Input/Output: 4 / 1

Composite Video Input/Output: 5 (1 front) / 1

Preout: 7.2ch
HDMI
8 (1 front) / 2 (simultaneous)
Digital Optical Audio
4 In / 1 Out
Digital Coaxial Audio
3 / 0
Headphone Jack
1
Multi Channel Input
8-Channel
USB Port
iPod/iPhone/iPad, USB memory, portable audio player
Network Ready
Access to vTuner Internet Radio service and DLNA 1.5 compatible

Power

Power Supply
Rated Output Power (1kHz, 2ch driven): 120W (8ohms, 0.9% THD)

Rated Output Power (20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven): 110W (8ohms, 0.09% THD)

Dynamic Power per Channel (8/6/4/2 ohms): 135/165/210/280W

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
20" x 11-1/4" x 22-1/2"
Weight
39.68 lbs.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Chris Q.
  • 10/17/2013 11:20:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsPlenty of power, lots of features

Pros: Power rated at 110W with honest specs (2 channels driven, 20-20 0.06% THD, 8Ω), rated for 4Ω speakers, phono input, YPAO with multi-measure, 7-band manual parametric equalizer to tweak YPAO settings, can browse iPod via receiver remote or directly, network audio is convenient (Net Radio, SiriusXM, Pandora), preamp outputs, bi-amp capable. “Learning” remote handy to control disc player and TV.
The on-screen menus are clear, useful, and attractive. Networking is a cinch—I plugged it into Ethernet and it updated itself, AirPlay works great, I have access to all the net audio, and it found my DLNA files on the network.
Can configure surround back to use one or two speakers. 33 pounds of ground hugging weight must mean there’s good stuff inside.

Cons: No major cons. Only one crossover setting for sub whereas other receivers have a crossover setting for each set of speakers (fronts, surrounds, center, etc.) which is useful if you have different non-full-range speakers. I’d also like finer increments for the crossover settings—it skips from 60 to 80Hz but I want 70. Another entry-level receiver allows 10Hz increments from 40-200Hz. It runs warm compared to the HTIB it replaced. This unit like many receivers with 2 subwoofer outputs does not allow separate levels/distance/YPAO/PEQs per subwoofer, however the next model up (RX-A2020 for $500 more) does some of this. Won’t recognize my old iPod (4th generation) on USB but the old HTIB did. Net Radio bookmarks are little inconvenient to set (must go to web site). Buttons on remote are tiny and many are the same shape. DLNA browsing interface is not as quick or convenient as my Blu-ray player, chokes on playlists with more than 96 songs (at least with firmware 1.41).

Other Thoughts: This replaces an inexpensive HTIB I was using to drive my bookshelf speakers and subwoofer so of course it’s a huge upgrade. The speakers sounded fine but I discovered that the HTIB has a fixed crossover at about 100-120Hz (much higher than the 75Hz my subwoofer could reach) and also rolled off bass below ~35Hz (higher than my subs 25Hz range) so now I’m getting all the bass I’m entitled to. The 4Ω impedance capability is handy for the Magnepan MG10s I’m using for surrounds (dipoles work great here and there’s not enough wall clearance in front).

Can set to run in “Eco Mode” but manual does not say what it actually does.

Lots of features I’ll probably never use like component video, S-video, 4k upscaling, multi-zone.

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  • Richard M.
  • 6/10/2013 5:44:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsYamaha has upgraded to 1030

Pros: Being able to control with your smart phone Apple or Android is great. This receiver is powerful it blew my woofer when I was playing the 1812 overture. Great sound and network connectivity.

Cons: This model has been replaced by the RX-A1030 which has a improved DAC. It is the same price so get the new one.

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  • Kevin C.
  • 1/11/2013 8:07:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIncredible Receiver!

Pros: Easy set up, extensive features, great design, incredible sound.

Cons: No printed manual. No digital sources to Zone 2.

Other Thoughts: Extremely happy. I first purchased the Yamaha RX-V671 (673) and was very happy with all the features but only somewhat pleased with the sound. This receiver blows that one away on the sound quality. This really woke my speakers up, sound is crisper and the bass is tighter, overall much more colorful and robust sound. In one hour I had this thing completely set up including firmware update, microphone calibration and full network/airplay access to my entire collection of music. I can sit on the deck and control Zone 2 with my Iphone and still have another source playing in the TV room. If I had bought the 2020 model I could have bi-amped my front speakers and really had great sound. (you can do it with this model if you do not run Zone 2)

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  • Larry M.
  • 11/17/2012 11:07:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSave your Money

Pros: Easy setup

Cons: I purchased this to replace my 10 year old receiver to have the 3D and hdmi. Can not get decent surround sound. My old receiver sounded 10 times better. Spoke to Yamaha and they could not resolve the issue. They said "return it if you don't like it"

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  • Russel K.
  • 11/9/2012 1:30:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Receiver

Pros: Many HDMI inputs. Also supports older connections (digital optical, digital coax, component, RCA). All the older connections are re-configurable to which A/V output the correspond with. Sound is very crisp, and not exaggerated. HDMI Standby is a great feature - you can still select the input with the receiver "off" and it will go straight to the TV - sound comes out of the TV as well. Then if you turn on the receiver, it takes over the sound which no longer gets sent to the TV. Upgradable firmware is a great feature (seems to be more and more common with devices these days), allows manufacturer to create software fixes for issues. Yamaha adds features on occasion (now supports SiriusXM radio over internet - though I haven't tried this).

The YPAO seems to be accurate. It was able to determine the distance of each speaker from the viewing location.

Cons: I haven't had any issues yet. I did a lot of comparing, and read the instruction manual before purchasing - so I knew exactly what I was getting.

Other Thoughts: I have it set up as 5.1 for now (since I'm upgrading my old home theatre system). I'm considering going up to 7.1, but not sure how much difference it makes.

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