Yamaha announces Aventage RX-A2A AV receiver

Home entertainment that’s larger than life

by Andy Bassett

Yamaha has unveiled its latest AVENTAGE AV Receiver, the RX-A2A, which sports a new look, rock solid construction, multiple 4K 120Hz inputs and plenty of immersive technology.

Yahama’s latest RX-A2A AVR is a mid-range 7.2 channel, 100 watt (2-ch driven, 8 ohms) device with a second zone available and it features all the technologies that would be expected in a receiver in the price range. However, there’s still the question about whether the HDMI 2.1 chipset included is the one supplied by Nuvotron which can sometimes present a blank screen when passing through 4K 120Hz from some sources - Yamaha’s small print does indicate that 8K60fps and 4K120fps will only be available via a ‘future update’.

Putting that aside, and assuming that Yamaha and the other affected AV companies can find a solution, the RX-A2A still has plenty of features on offer.

Yamaha states that the Aventage RX-A2A has been redesigned from the ground up with a new modern look and simplified design which features a brand new high-resolution LCD display and a jog dial with touch-sensitive buttons.

There’s a total of seven HDMI inputs, three of which support HDMI 2.1, more than any other AV receiver currently available Yamaha claims. This means (once implemented via a future update) support for auto low latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rates (VRR), quick frame transport (QFT) and quick media switching (QMS), all giving rise to faster, smoother and uninterrupted entertainment and gameplay with modern TVs and the latest games consoles.

Moreover, to support the use of powered HDMI cables for longer wiring requirements, Yamaha has boosted the power supply from the HDMI outputs to 300mA.

In addition to the DTS:X and Dolby Atmos surround sound audio formats, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization will be supported via a future update, allowing the simulation of the overhead sound experience for an immersive, 360-degree sound field from stereo, 5.1 or 7.1 speaker configurations. 

Dolby Vision is included and HDR10+ compatibility is coming via a future update. There’s also HDCP 2.3 and eARC support via the 7-in/1-out HDMI ports.

Yamaha announces Aventage RX-A2A AV receiver

The RX-A2A packs in the entire suite of MusicCast capabilities and app control, including Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, built-in music streaming services, multi-room audio and there’s support for voice control via Alexa, Google and Siri. 

Additionally, the MusicCast Surround feature allows optional wireless MusicCast speakers to be paired and used as surrounds in a 5.1.2-ch. setup.

Yamaha’s YPAO R.S.C & Multi-Point automatic room calibration analyses room acoustics and measures speaker characteristics and the included AV Setup Guide App offers expert guidance through installation, cable connections and various other settings.

The Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2A is available from Jan 2021 at an RRP of £849 and comes with a 5 year warranty.

Source: Press Release
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