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YAMAHA AVENTAGE RX-A820 7.2-Channel Receiver
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs No Good for PC or Wii (no 480p and HDMI Audio Skips!!)... HORRIBLE DEAL KILLER 08/24/2012

This review is from: YAMAHA AVENTAGE RX-A820 7.2-Channel Receiver

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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Display Name: Ken S.

Date Joined: 07/10/07

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