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YAMAHA AVENTAGE RX-A820 7.2-Channel Receiver

  • 7.2 channel
  • 7 HDMI 4K/3D passthrough
  • Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS-HD Master Audio
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Learn more about the Yamaha RX-A820

General

Brand
YAMAHA
Type
Receiver
Model
RX-A820
Channels
7.2-Channel

Processing

Power Output
Rated Output Power (1kHz, 2ch driven): 110W (8ohms, 0.9% THD)

Rated Output Power (20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven): 100W (8ohms, 0.09% THD)

Dynamic Power per Channel (8/6/4/2 ohms): 140/180/210/250W
Multi Zone
Zone 2 Audio Output: Line output

Powered Zone: Zone 2

RS-232C Interface: Yes

+12V Trigger Output: 1

Remote (IR) Input/Output: 1 / 1

Zone B Output: Yes (HDMI)
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

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 (480i)

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

Connectivity

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

Analog Audio Input/Output: 5 / 1

Composite Video Input/Output: 5 (1 front) / 1
Output
Preout: 7.2ch
HDMI
8 (1 front) / 2 (simultaneous)
Component Video
2 In / 1 Out
Digital Optical Audio
2 / 0
Digital Coaxial Audio
2 / 0
Headphone Jack
1
USB Port
iPod/iPhone/iPad, USB memory, portable audio player
Network Ready
Access to vTuner Internet Radio service and DLNA 1.5 compatible

Power

Standby Consumption
<=0.1W (IR only)

Features

Features
Designed to deliver the highest levels of audio performance

Powerful 7-channel surround sound, 100W per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2ch driven)

Anti-Resonance Technology (A.R.T.) Wedge helps to ensure that vibrations do not affect sound quality

Network functions such as AirPlay and AV Controller App

4K pass-through and upscaling for next-generation high resolution images

High quality video processing with precise deinterlacing

HDMI (eight inputs - with one on front - and two out) with 3D and Audio Return Channel

YPAO R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control) sound optimization with multi-point measurement

Versatile Zone control such as Zone 2 on/off and Party Mode

HDMI Zone B for audio/video streaming to another room

Advanced multi-language GUI on-screen display with album art

ECO mode operation for about 20% less power consumption

Dialogue Lift and Dialogue Level Adjustment for natural dialogue and vocals

Newly designed preset remote

Aluminum front panel offers visual and aural benefits

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
17-1/8" x 6-3/4" x 14-1/2"
Weight
23.8 lbs.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Michael H.
  • 7/19/2013 6:46:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsShell Shocker Nirvana

Pros: 2 Zone, Parametric EQ, Network abilitys

Cons: No Spotify app yet

Other Thoughts: Had been in the market as a loyal newegg customer for a dual zone airplay capable receiver for listening to music. Had priced out sonos,but multizone gets pricey quick with that. Already have a Yamaha v373 receiver and polk rm6750 5.1 speakers and thought they were a nice bang for the buck system for my tv room, which was not a real big room. Wanted a 2 zone stereo essentially for the main floor in my house to listen to music and also drive my patio and garage speakers. Shell shocker puts this thing out for under 500$ and it actually took me a couple hours to finally put it in my cart, cant imagine now why I was thinking about it so long. Delivery was quick as always. I paired it up with polk RM510 5.1 system for under $200 which has a bigger sub than the 6750 I have. So now I am using this as a 2 zone music player that was much cheaper than what I could have done with sonos. Put the stereo hidden from view in the garage closet, put 3 speakers above cabinets in my kitchen, put the other 2 above the hutch in my dining room, put the sub in my hall closet between the 2 rooms and cranked it up a notch to turn the whole closet into a nice subwoofer. I use the 7 channel stereo mode for the speakers since that's all I am using this rig for. Sound is SO GOOD all over the first floor of my house for the money spent, and its all hidden from view. I drive it all with the Yamaha app on my cell phone, never have to touch the avr anymore. I use Pandora one mostly, but it is hooked into my network and I also play music off my pc server and also have a cd changer on it if I am ever energetic anymore to reach for a cd. I use the 2 zones so I can listen to different music than my wife when I want. Hooked up my 2 garage speakers and 2 patio speakers to zone b and good to go. Parametric EQ on manual mode was fun to play with and brought the very best out of those reasonably priced little polks. Very happy with my hidden from sight ingenuity and shopping skills. Only cons I could think of is it doesn't have a spotify app yet, so I have been using Pandora one, which sounds very good. Wish someone made a 2 zone network player like this that didn't have all the video inputs or even an fm radio receiver, since I am pretty much not even using them, but hey, price was right. Well done Newegg on the shell shocker deal. I'll be back soon for a couple more outdoor speakers (polk of course, I am sold on polk and yamaha value).

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  • Paul B.
  • 6/18/2013 7:30:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome HT Receiver

Pros: 8 HDMI's in 2 Out
Many other connection options including mixing and matching inputs/outputs
Zone's didn't appeal at first but I've grown to like it
Infinitely configurable...almost too much but really can there ever be too many options
Very well engineered, plenty of heat sinking AND protective circuitry. This thing will shut itself off when overloaded or shorted.
OH Yeah, and I got it in that week NewEgg offered it for $499. Sensational value.

Cons: Not really the Power House Sound System I had anticipate but more than adequate for my Co-op situation.

Other Thoughts: Actually I bought this primarily as the INTERFACE between all my new and legacy Media Streamers, NAS's, DVD's, DVR's etc and a 60" Pana Plasma. Basically NO TV has all the hookups I need. This Yamaha comes as close as anything out there. I could actually have used an Optical out and some S-Video's In...for various needs but again this has just about every kind of hook-up anyone needs for now. Yamaha is great for multiple and complex hookups. AND it's an outstanding Base for a Kick-A$ Theater System.

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  • Timothy C.
  • 5/18/2013 5:45:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAll around excellence

Pros: I bought this receiver on sale from Newegg, the deal was too good to pass up. I have been researching receivers for 3 years now and went from Onkyo (too many problems) to Denon (very good but 2013 quality went down), then finally to Yamaha's. the only thing that the Yamaha's were behind the Denon's in was YPAO instead of Audyssey MultEQ XT. Unfortunately because Denons weren't getting good reviews on their 2013 models it was the current Yamaha A720 or A820 vs Denon 2112 or 2312. The Yamaha's features were more advanced due to being newer, especially AirPlay. So Yamaha it was.

The A820 has it all. This is for two purposes, surround sound for movies and for music. It excels at both. YPAO set up with 8 locations is nice, but probably not a big enough deal over the single position of the A720. I ended up only using 5 positions and really had to hunt for the 5th location. It did a very good job setting my Polk RM 705's; which I actually have set up as recessed ceiling speakers. (I've Jerry-rigged them in the attic space with speaker cloth and plastic trim hiding them from view). I have tweaked the settings a little for the center and rear speakers after the auto setup. I also make use of the Dialogue Lift and Dialogue Level features. Only downer is I have to up the volume for movies (-24) to get the same loudness as music (-40). This could be because I have to use a digital optical cable instead of ARC (TV limitations).

Music is awesome. I think this receiver is better for music than for movies. The selections for sound presets are many, although I only use a couple of the options. The rest sound muted. The music source options are endless. Pandora, Internet radio, other music streaming abilities, AirPlay, direct streaming from iPad, iPhone, or android device. All have pretty much worked flawlessly and are very easy to figure out how to make work.

AirPlay is soo nice and is another example of simple Apple technology at its best. Streaming music directly from an iPhone/ ipad or android phone works almost as seamlessly as AirPlay. Except, videos are included in the music playback so you have to be on top of that to skip to the next song. Playlists are lost and everything is in alphabetical order.

The most pleasant surprise I've discovered is the free app Yamaha offers. I rarely use the remote. Aside from the initial setup and the occasional tweaking of setting accessible only via the remote, I use the app 98% of the time. I remember several years ago when high end systems offered a portable large screen remote. Well now with the iPad Mini, we can get that ability for a mid-level receiver. Plus the iPad does 1000x's as much as those old music system only remotes. Because of the app, my entire system is hidden from view. The satellites are in the ceiling. The center is only visible when watching TV since they are all in an armoire. The sub and receiver are stacked in the corner behind some bookshelves. Although all this equipment maybe nice to

Cons: No video airplay.

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  • Jeremy S.
  • 5/14/2013 8:46:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter Than Advertised

Pros: Sleek, clean, classic Yamaha look. Enhances normal TV sound to clear distinct words so you are not having to crank the audio to understand what people are saying. Movies (Blu-rays) are even better. The DTS-HD and TrueHD are as good or better than going to a movie theater. Pandora was a snap to setup and the audio on 7 channel encoding is amazing.

Cons: I'm an audiophile and I have tried to find something not to like. Sorry, can't find anything so far.

Other Thoughts: This AVR is paired with

1 x Kilpsch Synergy C-10 Center Channel Speaker
2 x Kilpsch KB-15 (Front left & right)
2 x Kilpsch Synergy S-10 (Rear left & right)
1 x Yamaha powered sub-woofer

All I can say is WOOOOW!! :-)

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  • Kevin L.
  • 12/30/2012 5:23:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Reciever

Pros: Lots of features very crisp sound, I would definitely buy it again. I have hooked this to polk floor speakers and a klipsch woofer and I love it. This is my first not out of the box set up and it was a breeze. It has a very nice user interface.

Cons: I wish it had HD radio, the next model up has it but it costs a lot more.

Other Thoughts: Do not use YPAO. Just set it up manually, you will be a lot happier. If you do make sure you go into the manager and set your speakers to small (not large) otherwise it will turn off the sub.

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  • David L.
  • 11/5/2012 1:14:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsStatic in Speakers

Pros: It attempts to do what it's designed to do.

Cons: No matter what I do I'm still getting quite a bit of static/crackling in the front left speaker only (Polk Monitor 70 - II). It doesn't matter which speaker/cable combination I use. I even bought one of Monster's power surge/clean power strips which helped a little. Looks like I need to either send this back or contact Yamaha.

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  • Scott F.
  • 11/4/2012 10:02:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent AVR

Pros: Excellent sound quality. Easy to set up. Great features, especially after the firmware update that came out a few days ago, adding Pandora, Sirius/XM, etc. I have it in a large entertainment center and it is cool to the touch. The parametric EQ is wonderful and brought my 5 Polk speakers to life. My LAVA sub is no longer boomy, just deep and tight, but not overwhelming unless I really crank it. The corner placed sub blends beautifully and that was my biggest worry for not getting an Audyssey XT receiver. I researched this for a solid month before buying and am very happy!

Cons: My Onkyo NR605 HDMI board went out after 4 years so I needed an update. When I first set up the Yammy, it sounded really terrible and my family thought I had made a big blunder. You have to spend some time getting the right settings but it is well worth the effort, so it's not really a con at all. You do have to reset the unit to factory default and start over if you screw up the YPAO. Luckily I got it right after one reset.

Other Thoughts: When I first ran the YPAO I used the 8 point measurement and it sounded awful. The center channel was muffled to the point where we couldn't even understand basic dialogue. My LAVA 12 sub barely had any output. I called Yamaha support at 2a.m. and the rep was miffed so he asked me to call back the next day and speak to a level 2 tech. This guy was most helpful. He said the multi-point had confused the receiver. We reset the unit, and did a single point auto setup. Then I measured the distances for the 5 speakers and did a manual setup. You have to make all of the other speakers set to small to use the sub EQ, and I set the crossover to 90Hz. Then here's the best thing: I used the paramatric EQ, and boosted bands 3 and 4 for the center and surrounds (just 1/2 db) and does it ever sound great!! I'm an audiophile and noticed the treble is smoother than the Onkyo, but even more detailed. My sub has NEVER sounded so good. I am impressed.

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  • Attila S.
  • 10/28/2012 11:19:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo surprise here

Pros: Works seamlessly with everything I connected to it so far and set up was a snap. Blu-ray, Cable, internet radio, streaming from PC-s.
Very easy to control it from a computer (and I assume from any device connected from the net).
Astonishing sound both from my older Boston Acoustic and new Polk Audio speakers.
Graphical interface is very intuitive.

Cons: Remote control buttons on the lower end are a bit small, but the scene buttons make setting the environment easy.
I have not found anything wrong with the unit yet.

Other Thoughts: I assume if you don't get a lemon this Yamaha provides you with beautiful sound, easy of operations through their intuitive GUI, real easy connectivity and ton of features. This Yamaha replaces an older unit (HTR 6090) which also gave me pleanty of enjoyment of music and video, but cannot handle 3D and did not have network connectivity. So far Yamaha makes me a life long loyal customer

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  • Keith R.
  • 9/26/2012 2:52:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsMore than satisfied...

Pros: The convenience of the USB/HDMI/Audio ports on the front of the receiver. Airplay once I set it up. The plethora of HDMI connections available. Sound and audio performance.

Cons: None to speak of as of yet.

Other Thoughts: I recently purchased this receiver elsewhere, and I am absolutely satisfied. I currently have a Polk CS10 center channel and 2 JBL ES80s hooked up to it for audio and a PS3 and a AT&T Uverse cable box hooked up for my video needs. I am getting nothing but phenomenal audio and video performance out of this receiver. I occasionally use my iPhone and Alienware laptop via the USB and HDMI ports on the front of the receiver and have no complaints. The system works flawless and was worth every penny. I upgraded from a Yamaha RX-V765 that got fried by lightning. As soon as I hook up the receiver to wifi I will test the airplay feature, but I can only assume it will work as advertised.

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  • Ken S.
  • 8/24/2012 7:23:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsNo Good for PC or Wii (no 480p and HDMI Audio Skips!!)... HORRIBLE DEAL KILLER

Pros: Great receiver if not for 2 huge dealbreaking flaws... See below

Cons: Do not buy if you intend to hook this up to your PC or Wii!! You're in for a huge disappointment.

I own a Yamaha RX-V567 and bought this as an upgrade only for two reasons: 2 HDMI outputs, and because I HATE the placement of the A/V input buttons on the RX-V567 (too much fumbling in the dark). As soon as I plugged in the RX-A820, all of a sudden all my audio starts skipping all over the place whenever I do ANYTHING at all on the PC! If you're browsing the web, using Windows Explorer, even sometimes while sitting idle, the MP3 audio cut outs or skips for a second randomly, sometimes 10-15 times listening over only a few minutes. I've tried swapping with $150 Monster HDMI cables, using different Media Players (WinAmp, Windows Media Player, VLC), trying different HDMI inputs on the receiver, pressing Pure Direct and even listening through headphones. Same problem. I do not have any spyware and you can't point the finger to my PC: As soon as I plug in the old receiver, it works fine!

Other Thoughts: The RX-A820 has *DROPPED* output to HDMI for everything coming from component inputs except 480i! As the whole purpose of having an HDMI receiver is to output everything to HDMI, this makes this receiver useless for the Wii. I tested it and could definitely see the difference...very jagged "shakies" all over Mario, and flicker even when hovering over the Wii setup menus. Plug in the old RX-V567, and it looks noticeably better again. What's most upsetting is that the prior model RX-A810 did output 480p and a number of other resolutions over HDMI. So this receiver went back to the store. So much for an "upgrade" from a $350 receiver to a $680 one and all the "Aventage" branding hype.

You can view the supported (fewer) video conversions to HDMI around p125 of most current Yamaha manuals online. Beware before you buy!

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