Yamaha Aventage RX-A2010 review: Yamaha Aventage RX-A2010

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
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The Good High power. Amplifiers enough to support all surround modes. Excellent video performance.

The Bad Is 18kg a problem for you?.

The Bottom Line If you want high-quality all-around performance, excellent connectivity, excellent sound and good support for network audio, then the Yamaha Aventage is still right up there.

CNET Editors' Choice Jan '12

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The Yamaha Aventage RX-A2010 home-theatre receiver is powerful, provides with lots of channels, supports two subwoofer channels and has great video handling. Really, it's difficult to think of any reason not to choose this receiver, aside perhaps from the price tag.

Connections

This is a home-theatre receiver in which few compromises have been made with regards to connections. Most companies are dropping S-Video in favour of HDMI. This receiver has seven HDMI inputs on the back panel, plus one on the front for ad-hoc connections, and still has lots of S-Video inputs. Also component video, composite video, analog audio and digital audio. Probably overkill, but if you have a consumer-electronics source device made in the past 20 years, then this receiver will support it (aside from the Euro SCART, which no one supports).

Like connections? Feast your eyes on this panel.
(Credit: Yamaha)

This is a proper 7.2-channel receiver. There are two subwoofer outputs, and these can be set to have the same signal, or separate ones (either left and right, or front and rear).

The two HDMI outputs support 3D content, plus one of them supports the Audio Return Channel.

Set-up

The auto-calibration wizard guides through the set-up process within a couple of minutes, using the supplied microphone. You have a choice between a single-position measurement, or multiple positions. The unit also applies EQ, but you can switch this off if you prefer.

On the fairly conventional speaker package I used, the system applied sensible settings, including correctly choosing "Small" for the centre channel.

You get lots of options for a second zone (and a third one), including video support. In addition to the bulky main remote control, you get a neat little compact one. This actually permits just about as much control as the main remote, albeit via the menus.

Sound

This receiver has not seven, but nine channels of amplification. Each of those has 140 watts of real hi-fi continuous power into eight ohms (two channels running at a time). It's going to be a very difficult speaker system that will give this receiver problems. If it does, preamplifier outputs for all channels allow you to use external power amplifiers.

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Where to Buy

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2010

Part Number: RX-A2010BL

Typical Price: $2,199.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Connectivity Protocols Ethernet
    Wi-Fi
    USB
    Bluetooth ready, adapter sold separately
  • Features Bi-Amplifying
    Three-zone capability
    On-screen display
    DLNA 1.5 certified
    Compressed music enhancer
    Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO)
    Android smartphone compatible
    iPod and iPhone compatible
    Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Type Home Theater Network Receiver