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Yamaha 2021 Aventage AVR line-up: everything you need to know

First launched in 2010, Yamaha’s Aventage series of AV receivers sit at the top of the company’s range and benefits from the very latest features and highest quality components that Yamaha has to offer. Born from rethinking every element of the company’s traditional receiver designs, Aventage gained instant success and has been refined every generation by iterative improvements. For example, we've seen Dolby Atmos height channels and Yamaha’s MusicCast streaming multiroom platform added in recent years to broaden their appeal.

After unveiling the RX-A2A AV receiver at the end of 2020, Yamaha announced three further models would make up the rest of the Aventage home cinema amplifier range. These amps are due to launch in August 2021.

The Yamaha Aventage RX-A8A, RX-A6A and RX-A4A are all set to offer seven HDMI 2.1 inputs and three outputs supporting [email protected]/[email protected], Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro 3D audio (A8A and A6A only), plus plenty of tech including AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant compatibility. The trio of home cinema amplifiers will also feature Yamaha's 'Surround: AI' tech, which uses algorithms to automatically select the best digital processing mode depending on the type of content being played.

Want to know everything about Yamaha's 2021 Aventage range? Allow us to run through all of the highlights and break down the details of the models in the line-up to find out which is the one that suits your needs.

Design

There has been a distinct restyling for the Aventage 10 range that echo's last year's entry-level RX-V series. Out goes the wide central display with small lights and logos, and in comes a larger main volume knob positioned dead centre with a brand new, high-resolution LCD display on the right.

Also gone is the big flap hiding front inputs and controls. The only front-panel sockets remaining are a full-size headphone jack, a USB-A port with 5V charging, and a mini-jack into which the microphone plugs for Yamaha’s YPAO auto-calibration. The change in layout hasn't just been aesthetic; removing front inputs has allowed Yamaha to create a more solid metal structure beneath the front panel to help improve stability and resistance to vibrations.

The new build includes a revamped internal circuit design and upgrades to the mechanical structure and audio parts, including Premier Audio DACs from SABRE.

The amplifier layout has been made more symmetrical to optimise signal paths and improve sound clarity while reducing signal noise and interference. A new internal H-frame structure claims to add to chassis rigidity.

In addition, Yamaha's signature Anti-Resonance Technology wedge (A.R.T), known as the Aventage’s ‘fifth foot’, has been shifted further forward and modified for more efficient dispersion of chassis vibration in the top three new models. All these improvements, Yamaha says will help in “providing dynamic sound and focused accurate reproduction”.

Qualcomm chipset

Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Dolby Atmos with Height Virtualization in the top three Aventage models will be powered by a new Qualcomm 64-bit chipset that Yamaha says will offer improved sound quality.

In the A8A, A6A and A4A, this also means that there is the capacity to support Surround: AI, Yamaha's own immersive sound technology that analyses the type of content being watched – such as dialogue, ambience, action – five times every second and then auto-applies the most suitable audio mode, from a selection of more than 24 DSP (digital soundfield processing) programs.

The top two models will also offer the Auro 3D surround format, which uses height channels that are not directly overhead, and the Auromatic upmixing algorithm after a software update due in the autumn.

The extra processing power of the new chipset will allow for more accurate 64-bit measurements when using Yamaha's own Parametric room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) calibration with R.S.C (Reflective Sound Control) and multi-point measurement, precision EQ and a new low-frequency mode. This new mode extends the range to which YPAO can optimise bass frequencies to 16Hz-200Hz (from 32Hz previously) and can be found in the top three models.

Yamaha says that Qualcomm has surplus capacity and a field-programmable gate array, meaning it can provide significant future upgrades via software updates and long term value for money. This brings us to...

HDMI 2.1 ...but not out of the box

First, a bit of backstory on the HDMI 2.1 AVR saga.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Yamaha's 2020 flagship AV receivers were blighted by a faulty HDMI 2.1 chip that meant some units couldn't support 4K gaming at 120Hz. Unfortunately, the same HDMI 2.1 glitch also affected Denon and Marantz's 2020 8K AV receivers; however, while those models received a slightly awkward hardware fix in April, Yamaha users have not yet been offered a solution.

Along with retrograde software and hardware updates to its affected 2020 models (including the A2A), Yamaha has confirmed that the new A8A, A6A and A4A will all offer full HDMI 2.1 compatibility via a series of firmware updates due after the products launch.

The A8A, A6A, A4A and A2A will all receive support for uncompressed [email protected] and HDR10+ during the autumn of 2021. In addition, the top three models will also gain uncompressed [email protected] functionality and HDMI upscaling up to 8K at around the same time. Given that the release date for the three new models is loosely set at late August, the wait for these full-fat HDMI 2.1 features should only be a couple of months.

Meanwhile, upgrades for enhanced gaming features such as 4K and 8K Display Screen Compression modes, Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Quick Media Switching (QMS) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT) are also forthcoming but crucially do not yet have a release date as Yamaha is awaiting test specifications from HDMI.org.

Yamaha RX-A8A (£3299/$3000/AU$6299)

The Aventage 10 flagship AV receiver is the Yamaha RX-A8A, with 11.2 amplified channels, a claimed power rating of 150 watts per channel in stereo, and like the rest of the range, it uses new high-slew amplification technology that offers twice the accuracy of previous amps, according to Yamaha.

Unlike the rest of the range, the A8A features extra structural and circuitry tweaks such as complete separation of the transformer and power amplifiers, extra-large block capacitors and four power amp-support for vibration control. Its iron feet have been borrowed from the premium 5200 series and, for this model, the stabilising A.R.C wedge is made of sturdy brass.

Along with all of the 2021 Aventage AVRs, it offers a host of streaming options via MusicCast including wifi, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, built-in music streaming services (Amazon Music HD, Deezer, Napster, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify, Tidal and Qobuz), internet radio and multi-room audio as well as Bluetooth and an FM/AM/DAB Tuner.

The Yamaha RX-A8A is tentatively scheduled for release at the end of August with planned firmware updates due in autumn 2021.

  • Channels: 11.2ch 
  • Power output in stereo conditions: 150W (8 ohm)
  • High Slew Rate Amplifier: Yes
  • Zones: 3
  • HDMI: 7-in / 3-out with HDMI 2.1* / HDCP2.3  
  • HDMI Pass-through: [email protected]*, [email protected]*
  • HDMI Up-scaling: Yes up to 8K*
  • HDMI eARC: Yes
  • HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR 10+*
  • HDMI 2.1 features: VRR**/ALLM**/QMS**/QFT**
  • Surround Sound Processing: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, Surround: AI, Auro 3D*
  • DAC: 384 kHz / 32-bit ESS Hyperstream DAC ES9026PRO x2
  • Room Calibration: YPAO R.S.C. automatic room calibration with multi-point measurement, precision EQ and low-frequency mode
  • Voice control: Amazon Alexa, Siri (via AirPlay 2) and Google Assistant
  • Dimensions (hwd):  19 x 44 x 48cm
  • Weight: 21.4 kg

Yamaha RX-A6A (£2299/$2200/AU$3699)

On the spec sheet, there's very little to distinguish the Yamaha A6A from the A8A other than its 9.2 channels. Most of the differences are internal: the A6A doesn't have the same separation between the transformer and power stages, extra-large custom block capacitors or the same level of structural damping as the A8A.

Additionally, while the A8A has dual 32-bit/384kHz ESS Hyperstream ES9026PRO DACs, the A6A only has one to handle the main channels while an ES9007S DAC takes care of the ambient channels. 

Yamaha's RX-A6A is expected to be available from the end of August with planned firmware updates due in autumn 2021.

  • Channels: 9.2ch 
  • Power output in stereo conditions: 150W (8 ohm)
  • High Slew Rate Amplifier: Yes
  • Zones: 2
  • HDMI: 7-in / 3-out with HDMI 2.1* / HDCP2.3 
  • HDMI Pass-through: [email protected]*, [email protected]*
  • HDMI Up-scaling: Yes up to 8K*
  • HDMI eARC: Yes
  • HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR 10+*
  • HDMI 2.1 features: VRR**/ALLM**/QMS**/QFT**
  • Surround Sound Processing: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, Surround: AI, Auro 3D*
  • DAC: 384 kHz / 32-bit ESS Hyperstream DAC ES9026PRO x1; ES9007S x1
  • Room Calibration: YPAO R.S.C. automatic room calibration with multi-point measurement, precision EQ and low-frequency mode
  • Voice control: Amazon Alexa, Siri (via AirPlay 2) and Google Assistant
  • Dimensions (hwd): 19 x 44 x 44cm
  • Weight: 20.3 kg

Yamaha RX-A4A (£1299/$1300/AU$2399)

In addition to a step down in channels and power, the main departure to the Yamaha A4A involves the connectivity at the rear. It drops both an optical and a coaxial input compared to its big siblings, as well as two analogue inputs, and loses the pro-grade XLR sockets. 

It maintains 7-in / 3-out with HDMI 2.1 ports and supports all the same audio formats as the more premium models, except Auro 3D, while video-wise there's no component or composite i/o.

The Yamaha RX-A4A is provisionally scheduled for release towards the end of August with planned firmware updates due in autumn 2021.

  • Channels: 7.2ch
  • Power output in stereo conditions: 110W (8 ohm)
  • High Slew Rate Amplifier: Yes
  • Zones: 2
  • HDMI: 7-in / 3-out with HDMI 2.1* / HDCP2.3 
  • HDMI Pass-through: [email protected]*, [email protected]*
  • HDMI Up-scaling :Yes up to 8K*
  • HDMI eARC: Yes
  • HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR 10+*
  • HDMI 2.1 features: VRR**/ALLM**/QMS**/QFT**
  • Surround Sound Processing: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, Surround: AI
  • DAC: 384 kHz / 32-bit ESS Hyperstream DAC ES9007S
  • Room Calibration: YPAO R.S.C. automatic room calibration with multi-point measurement, precision EQ and low-frequency mode
  • Voice control: Amazon Alexa, Siri (via AirPlay 2) and Google Assistant
  • Dimensions (hwd): 19 x 44 x 44cm
  • Weight: 16.2 kg

 Yamaha RX-A2A (£899/$799/AU$1599)

The entry-level Yamaha A2A is already available but stylistically it's still very much part of the Aventage 10 range, with the corresponding streamlining of the front panel and many of the improvements to the structural rigidity.

The most distinguishing feature between it and the more recent addition to the line is the loss of full 8K support. While the rest of the Aventage AVRs will eventually offer 8K support on all seven HDMI inputs, the A2A only stretches to [email protected] on the first three ports when in Display Screen Compression modes. This feature, along with ALLM, VRR, QMS and QFT, will be available after an update that is yet to be scheduled.

Uncompressed 4K video at 120Hz and HDR10+ will be possible via a free hardware update programme that will start in the autumn and last two years, while newer manufactured models will come with the new hardware already installed.

Elsewhere the A2A uses the same DACs as last years Cinema range and while it doesn't have the Qualcomm chipset of its siblings – losing precision EQ and low-frequency mode from YPAO – it still offers the core immersive sound formats of Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer and DTS:X.

Yamaha's RX-A2A is in the shops now with planned hardware and firmware updates in the autumn.

  • Channels: 7.2 ch
  • Power output in stereo conditions: 100W (8 ohm)
  • High Slew Rate Amplifier: Yes
  • Zones: 2
  • HDMI: 7-in / 1-out with HDMI 2.1* / HDCP2.3 and eARC 
  • HDMI Pass-through: [email protected]* (compressed only), [email protected]*on HDMI socket 1-3
  • HDMI Up-scaling: Yes up to 4K*
  • Surround Sound Processing: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization*
  • DAC: 384 kHz / 32-bit BB PCM5102A
  • Room Calibration: YPAO R.S.C. automatic room calibration with multi-point measurement
  • Voice control: Amazon Alexa, Siri (via AirPlay 2) and Google Assistant
  • Dimensions (hwd): 17 x 44 x 37cm
  • Weight: 10.2 kg

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Yamaha’s new RX-A2A AV receiver has arrived…

During the first quarter of 2020 Yamaha announced that their current premium ‘Adventage’ series of Audio Visual receivers was being discontinued and that after nine very successful generations it was to be replaced by a completely revamped range.

Then Covid 19 happened, and with the subsequent shutdowns, business failures, associated transport issues, and even a factory fire, we have been without a replacement for this very popular range for the remainder of 2020. It only seams fitting that we will receive our first shipment of one model only on the last day of the year!

The ‘Adventage’ series of A/V receivers from Yamaha is their premium offering. For over a decade subsequent models have kept a consistent look, with each new release being built on what came before. Even the model nos. followed a consistent pattern, RX-A3010, ‘3020, ‘3030 etc.

Their new series is a total break in every way. They look different, the model numbering is different (the replacement for the RX-A3080 for example is simply the RX-A8), and Yamaha has thrown down the gauntlet to the rest of the industry by taking what was already a very special product to another level.

There will eventually be four (4) models in this range (down from 5 in the old series) and the RX-A2, which we have just received, is lowest priced unit in this series at $1,599.

This is a 7-channel receiver rated at 100 watts. It features everything you would expect in a receiver of this quality, including a phono input, voice control, built in streaming (Spotify, Tidal etc.), and multi-room audio via MusicCast. They have also looked for solutions for real-life situations, such as the ability to fit multiple speakers into a domestic living space. For example, if you cannot incorporate overhead Atmos speakers into your rooms ceiling they have a technology called ‘Dolby Atmos with Height Virtualiser’ which will simulate Dolby Atmos with traditional forward firing speakers. Also, if it is impossible to run cabling for rear speakers you can utilise wireless rears via their MusicCast technology.

There is a reason why Yamaha is the dominate player in the domestic AV market. It is the same reason why their receivers have totally dominated the local awards – they work well, they sound good (particularly the Adventage range), they are reliable, and they are well priced.

We are confident that this new range will continue in the same vein.

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Yamaha Raises the Bar with 3 New 8K AVENTAGE AV Receivers for 2021

This could be a HUGE year for the AV industry. With supply chains opening up for electronic components, and people getting back to normal amid dimishing COVID-19 concerns, consumers may feel more inclined to loosen their pockets a bit and spend money on luxury extras like a new AV receiver. We are also seeing indications of in-person AV shows like the CEDIA installers show coming up in September of this year.

In preparation for what many would deem the largest and most important audio show in the USA, manufacturers are already releasing teasers of this year’s fall lineup. Getting ahead of the competition is audio giant Yamaha with their announcement of a new set of AVENTAGE AV receivers.

It’s been over a decade since we reviewed Yamaha’s first groundbreaking AVENTAGE AV reciever, with our review of the Yamaha RX-A3000 11.2 Networking A/V Receiver  and since then we've been covering Yamaha’s releases of their AVENTAGE line year after year. Yamaha says with this years lineup it “Defines the future of home entertainment with the new series of cutting edge AVENTAGE receivers.”

The new line includes the RX-A8A, RX-A6A and RX-A4A, offering 11-, 9- and 7-channels, respectively.  We're a bit curious as to why the RX-A8A doesn't have 13.2CH preouts like its Denon and Marantz counterparts but for those not building a system beyond 7.2.4, this should NOT be an issue.

Yamaha says the new lineup “represent the new reference standard for all others to be compared to, combining passionate engineering, relentless attention to detail and True Sound reproduction into the most innovative AV receivers to-date.”

Yamaha 2021 AVENTAGE AV Receivers Virtual Press Event

The three new AVENTAGE models will offer a substantial number of HDMI 2.1 inputs ALL supporting 8K60/4K120 (up to 40Gbps uncompressed), with seven inputs on each.

We broke the mold when we premiered our flagship AVENTAGE series in 2010. Now we’ve re-engineered it from the ground up, shattering expectations for what’s possible for an AV receiver to recreate in the connected home. Not only do the new AVENTAGE AV receivers stay in lockstep with emerging tech – such as the latest gaming consoles and rising resolution of TV screens, with ingenious sound quality right there with them. These AV receivers also stay one step ahead in anticipating customers’ future needs – from a new, modern look all the way down to the components.

-Alex Sadeghian, director, Consumer Audio, Yamaha Corporation of America

Yamaha 2021 AVENTAGE AV Receiver YouTube Overview

What's New for Yamaha AVENTAGE

Advances to the AVENTAGE lineup in 2021 look to be the most significant to date, The receivers have a more simplified, modern design that features a bold, center volume knob, a brand new, high-resolution LCD display, a rotary jog dial and touch-sensitive buttons.

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Each new model will also provide stability against vibrations with their signature AVENTAGE “fifth foot”. This Anti-Resonance Technology wedge is designed for even more efficient dispersion of chassis vibration in the three new models, placing the fifth foot near the front center of each unit’s base.

The new AVENTAGE AV receivers have the processing power to recreate 8K/60*, 4K/120*, 4K/60, HDMI 2.1* and HDR10+* signals and include support for the latest HDMI technology. With seven inputs and three outputs in each model supporting 8K60/4K120 (up to 40Gbps uncompressed) this HDMI 2.1 compatibility is designed to provide faster and smoother entertainment and gameplay with auto low latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rates (VRR), quick frame transport (QFT) and quick media switching (QMS).

The RX-A8A, RX-A6A and RX-A4A support immersive 3D audio with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, enabled by the Qualcomm QCS407 smart audio platform. QCS407 provides powerful quad-core audio processing, offering both superior sound quality and cinematic listening experiences. This Qualcomm smart audio platform is designed to decode and playback a rich variety of audio content.

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05 Chip.pngIn addition, all inputs on the new AVENTAGE models support Dolby Vision. It also has support for DTS-X and Dolby Atmos, the three models also offer Dolby Atmos with Height Virtualization, for overhead sound experiences and 3D sound if your room is equipped with height speakers. The top two models will offer Auro-3D, which offers even more transformative capabilities and immersive audio experiences by creating virtual, three-dimensional virtual soundscapes that move around the listener.

All models also feature Surround:AI, a proprietary Yamaha technology and the only artificial intelligence found in an AV receiver. This technology analyzes the DSP parameters and optimizes each sound element, such as dialogue, background music and sound effects, in real time. The three new AAVENTAGE models double the previous platform at 64-bits, thanks to the Qualcomm QCS407 chip.

In order to deliver maximum performance of surround sound realism, each receiver comes equipped with Yamaha Parametric room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) R.S.C. multi-point measurement, precision EQ and a new low frequency mode. This included technology detects speaker connections, measures the distances from them to multiple listening positions in a room and automatically optimizes speaker settings, such as volume balance and acoustic parameters. The "low frequency mode" has us intrigued so we inquired more about it with Yamaha.

The new “Low Frequency Mode” (LFM) is added to the PEQ options of “Flat”, “Front” and “Natural”. Room resonances in the 15.6Hz to 250Hz band have very long decay times that adversely affect pure sound reproduction. The LFM identifies problems in this critical band and focuses all parametric filters to this region of the spectrum.

This is good news that YPAO now has the option to correct only bass frequencies below the room transition frequency (300-500 Hz for most domestic listening spaces) while leaving the rest of the frequency spectrum of your speakers untouched. This is a good option for those that prefer NOT to apply fullrange EQ to their speakers but instead wish to fix the BIGGEST problem EQ can help; the Bass!

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Yamaha Turning up the Heat on the Competition - AVENTAGE Gets Beefy

The advances to the appearance and processing platform are echoed in the upgrades to the internal circuit design, mechanical structure and audio parts. This includes:

  • Symmetrical amplifier layout for optimized signal paths, improving sound clarity while reducing signal noise and cross-channel interference. The transformer is further mechanically isolated from the amplifier stages with a separate mounting bracket for greater vibration reduction, which contributes additional rigidity to the internal H frame structure.
  • Tonal balance through high-quality parts, including Premier Audio DACs from SABRE for extraordinary signal-to-noise ratio and up to 120 dB dynamic range for pro-quality audio.
  • A high slew rate amplifier, which more than doubles the performance of the previous generation. This newly designed circuit achieves both a high slew rate and stable signal transmission, allowing it to respond to rapid changes of input levels with precision and accuracy.
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The Yamaha RX-A8A Flagship AV Receiver looks like a beast tipping the scale at 47.2lbs

One thing we noticed about the new AVENTAGE lineup is it's significantly heavier than predecessor models (ie. RX-A3080 weighs 39.9lbs, RX-A2080 weighs 37.5lbs compared to RX-A8A at 47.2lbs and RX-6A at 41.2lbs, respectively). The RX-A8A is the first Yamaha receiver to incorporate 11CH of internal amplification since the RX-Z11. More weight is a good sign as it looks like Yamaha may have beefed up the power supply and heatsink area of their new AVRs. We very much look forward to bench testing one of these new receivers in the coming months.

We asked Yamaha about the weight gain of their latest AVENTAGE AV receivers and here's what they had to say:

It’s the premium build - more steel heatsink mounting brackets, heavier amplifier section, new transformer design, heavier gauge internal wiring, 2x thicker copper foil patterns on circuit boards, 4-layer circuit boards in audio section, 2x heavier top-cover (under the ABS vented top), thicker double bottom plate, iron feet (not plastic), and it’s 1-1/3” (35mm) deeper than the A6A (66 square inches more of metal sides, top and bottom).

All new AVENTAGE models offer 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 voice control via Alexa, Google and Siri-enabled devices. Built-in streaming services include Amazon Music HD, Deezer, Napster, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify, Tidal and Qobuz, plus thousands of internet radio stations.

Full two-way control is available via software integration drivers that seamlessly connect the new AVENTAGE models, and dozens of other Yamaha home audio products, with the nation's leading home automation and smart home control systems.

The new receivers will be available in the summer 2021.

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wseroyer posts on October 22, 2021 01:17

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Gaming is what is driving the need for more bandwidth. Hollywood can’t let go of 24fps. There are only two movies on disc in 4K HDR @60hz and they use color subsampling at 4:2:2 as a result of bandwidth limitations. “The Hobbit” movies were never released in their 48fps versions. Gaming will continue the need for more bandwidth while streaming will continue the need for compression. ATSC 3.0 doesn’t matter yet and that Trojan Horse should never see the light of day without some tweaks.

DSC enables 8K @120 using HDMI 2.1 connections. Now, if AVR and TV manufacturers want to chase after PC gamers in a decade, HDMI will have to be left behind for say Display Port 2.0 and 8K HDR @60hz will be possible before needing to apply DSC for higher rates and will exceed HDMI performance by far.

Gaming brings in more dollars than the watching of movies and TV combined. Why not support the best presentation of it? If it improves the movie watching and music listening experience via streaming, well, that’s just gravy. But, I’d suggest a strict standard for any future connector for AVRs and TVs so that the roll out and feature implementation among manufacturers is not the f#%kin’ mess that HDMI has been from its beginning.

HDMI 2.0 doesn't even have bandwidth for 10bit color 4:4:4 at 60hz, it desperately needed to be updated in my opinion of course I'm a rare use case since I use my TV as a monitor to work on in the day time. I really wish TV manufactures and console makers would just put a Display Port on their devices, it's a far Superior standard to HDMI and the new 2.0 standard offers much higher bandwidth of 80 Gbit/s 4k at 240hz, 8k at 120hz and 16K at 60hz all uncompressed!

jakkedtide posts on October 21, 2021 17:48

I am in ontario that's what they said too, I called my av store and they talked to the Yamaha Rep (Steve) supposedly, and now it's mid November

AVR Enthu posts on October 21, 2021 17:46

Budget friendly and new Denon AVRs with three 40 Gbps ports are going to demolish Yamaha's lower tier AVRs that have already been entrenched in troubles.
https://www.audioholics.com/av-receiver-reviews/denon-avr-x1700h

OldAndSlowDev posts on October 21, 2021 17:43

I am in the East Canada and my local retailer told me October 27th

sollyemmy posts on October 21, 2021 17:42

jakkedtide, post: 1511584, member: 97039
Awesome, thanks for the tip. Just heard back from Yamaha about when Canada is getting their a8a. I put a deposit down so I should get mine soon ?
I hope the western warehouse means entire North American warehouse.

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YAMAHA NEW AV RECEIVER AVENTAGE RX-A6A

Yamaha announces new receivers ready for 8K, 4K/120 and the Xbox Series X

Last year we started to hear about the first receivers equipped with HDMI 2.1, which meant they should be able to handle resolutions as high as 8K, as well as 120Hz 4K content pumped out by new game consoles. Unfortunately, compatibility for HDMI 2.1 features hasn't been as steady as we've hoped, and several receiver manufacturers have notified customers they're aware of a problem that specifically affects the Xbox Series X when you try to play 4K/120Hz games.

Now Yamaha is announcing a new line of high-end Aventage receivers for 2021 that will debut that you might be interested in. The RX-A8A, RX-A6A and RX-A4A feature 11-, 9- and 7-channels, respectively. Right off the bat, Yamaha has said that HDMI 2.1 features like 4K/120Hz, 8K/60Hz, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Automatic Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Quick Frame Transport (QFT) and Quick Media Switching (QMS) will not be present at launch. 

The company says they will be enabled via future updates, and confirmed to Engadget that an update will also address compatibility with the Xbox Series X. Until then, like current models, owners who want to use any of those features would have to plug their console directly into the TV and use HDMI eARC to pipe audio over to the receiver.

The Yamaha RX-A8A receiver on a table against a wood-slat wall.

 Support for 3D audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X is a given, and they support Dolby Vision on all HDMI inputs. They also come with a microphone to analyze your room acoustics and calibrate audio output, plus support for assistants like Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant. The two higher-end models will even add Auro 3D with an update, which Yamaha claims will create "virtual, three-dimensional virtual soundscapes that move around the listener."

Given the current state of HDMI 2.1 support, I wouldn't blame you for waiting until those updates are confirmed to have addressed any compatibility issues before buying one of these. But when they go on sale this summer, the RX-A8A will cost $3,000, the RX-A6A will be $2,200 and the RX-A4A is $1,300.

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Receivers date 2020 yamaha release

Yamaha is "still investigating" the faulty HDMI 2.1 chip in its current receivers but that has not stopped the company from announcing three new AV receivers with HDMI 2.1 capabilities.

Will these work?

Yamaha Japan has unveiled the Aventage RX-A8A, RX-A6A, and RX-A4A receivers. All three are specified as HDMI 2.1 capable with support for 8K60 and 4K120 passthrough as well as HDMI VRR, QMS, QFT and ALLM. - "Yamaha Corporation has taken a development period of about 3 years to renew the housing and circuit configuration in addition to the new exterior design, and by introducing the latest parts, it pursues the essence of audio = sound without compromise," the company said. The big question of course is whether HDMI 2.1 will actually work? Like Sound United's latest Denon and Marantz receivers, Yamaha's first-generation of HDMI 2.1 receivers (RX-A2A, V6A, V4A) from 2020 are also affected by the faulty HDMI 2.1 chip.

Yamaha RX-A8A

Yamaha Aventage RX-A8A, RX-A6A, and RX-A4A receivers

In its Japanese press release Yamaha went to great lengths to detail the HDMI 2.1 features in the new receivers but it did note that HDMI 2.1 "will be supported by updating the firmware" – not exactly reassuring considering the situation. The Yamaha RX-A8A, RX-A6A, and RX-A4A are high-end receivers with 11, 9, and 7 channel amplifier configurations, respectively. They will also support the Auro 3D audio format in addition to Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and much more. Further details can be found below (translated from Japanese). The company said that its new generation of AV receivers with HDMI 2.1 will be available in Japan in late July / early August. Yamaha has yet to announce availability details for the US and Europe.

Yamaha HDMI 2.1 receivers - specifications

Yamaha RX-A8A

Yamaha RX-A8A

RX-A8A Equipped with the latest "SURROUND: AI" and "YPAO" that inherit the architecture and materials of Yamaha separate AV amplifiers and adopt Qualcomm ® 64bit SoC. The pinnacle of integrated AVENTAGE with a built-in 11ch power amplifier that pursues the complete form of an AV receiver in a home theater, such as a deep immersive feeling in the image and a sound that never fades. RX-A6A Including the excellent functionality inherited from the high-end model, the latest "SURROUND: AI" is installed, "AURO-3D ® " * 1 is supported, and the introduction of a high-quality ESS DAC gives the sound and presence that are the essence of the AV receiver. A high-grade model of AVENTAGE with a built-in 9ch power amplifier created without compromise. RX-A4A Based on the AVENTAGE standard high-quality sound design, it is equipped with the latest "SURROUND: AI" and "YPAO" and Yamaha's original cinema DSP HD³. AVENTAGE with a built-in 7ch power amplifier that allows you to fully enjoy a variety of the latest AV entertainment. Functional features 1. Realism-Deep spatial depiction unique to Yamaha- - Unique surround function "SURROUND: AI" that has achieved further evolution through 64-bit arithmetic processing - A new "AURO-3D ® " * 1 has been added, and a decoder that also supports "Dolby Atmos ® " & "DTS: X ™" is installed. - One "RX-A8A" can configure a system of up to 11.2ch - Supports cross-playback of Cinema DSP HD³ and "Dolby Atmos ® " & "DTS: X ™" - High-precision "YPAO" with 64-bit high-precision EQ that further enhances the viewing environment improvement effect. - New option mode specialized for low frequency range 2. High sound quality-Tone and dynamic expression that enhances the immersive feeling in the image- - Anti-resonance technology and newly designed construction that pursues overwhelming vibration damping performance and rigidity - AVENTAGE standard high-quality sound design with a completely redesigned circuit configuration. - Achieves a high slew rate that is approximately twice that of the conventional model - Equipped with two ESS D / A converters "ES9026PRO" (RX-A8A) 3. Advanced features-Maximize the appeal of all video content- - Equipped with HDMI terminal compatible with the latest standards * 2 8K50AB / 60AB, 10G / 4L, including VRR, QMS, QFT, ALLM 4. Design-Beauty that appeals to sensibilities, redefining the value of AV receivers- - High-quality new design with aluminum volume knob and black mirror finish. - Uses an LC display that also supports Japanese display 5. Network function-Providing cutting-edge fun and new emotions- - Full network functions such as high resolution playback that also supports WAV / AIFF 384kHz / 32bit & DSD 11.2MHz direct, "Amazon Music HD", "Deezer HiFi" support, etc. - Supports original wireless network function "MusicCast ® " and voice assistant function "Amazon Alexa"
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Yamaha 2021 8K Aventage AV Receivers
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A/V Receivers have a tradition of being ugly. Great, yes, but ugly nonetheless. Only in once in a while does a manufacturer change things up with something that's a little more stylish. Yamaha's brand new RX-V range joins the Denon HEOS AVR in offering something of a conversation piece. Yamaha has dispensed with the "hearse"-like appearance of yesteryear, and its new models are right up to date in terms of specification. It will even do 8K (whenever that actually becomes a thing).

Unlike in previous years, the company is skipping over the number 5 in the US and concentrating on the RX-V4A and RX-V6A models instead. The $440 (about £335 or AU$610) RX-V4A is a 5.1-channel receiver while the $600 model offers Dolby Atmos compatibility in a seven-channel receiver.

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I wasn't expecting to see the RX-V4A and RX-V6A's rounded, glass-like fascias, and my first response was literally "wow!" The hi-res LCD display and centered volume control also look pretty spiffy, offering a level of sophistication not usually seen at this price.

But looks aren't everything and it appears that specs-wise it offers everything an AV enthusiast will need for the foreseeable future. It includes HDMI 2.1 compatibility with built-in features including auto low-latency mode and quick media switching. The receivers will also support longer HDMI cable runs with a bolstered power supply. Yamaha claims its receiver has more 8K HDMI inputs than any other brand, including three on the RX-V6A (making seven inputs in total) and all four inputs on the RX-V4A.

Both models offer Wi-Fi support in addition to the company's MusicCast multiroom system, which can be controlled via Alexa, Google and Siri-enabled devices. It also includes AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect, though no mention has been made of Bluetooth (it's probably there, just not included in the press release). The receivers also include compatibility with MusicCast Surround which allows wireless MusicCast speakers to be used as surrounds.

Products have taken longer to reach stores in 2020. And in the case of some, like Yamaha, the ranges have been slimmed down considerably or, like Sony, carried on from previous years. I have yet to hear any of the new 2020 models, but I expect the Yamahas will put in a good showing, especially in terms of sonics, build quality and feature counts. I look forward to reviewing the RX-6A in particular so watch this space.

RX-V6A at a glance

  • 7.2-channel, 100-watt AV receiver with Zone 2
  • 8K/60Hz & 4K/120Hz, HDMI 2.1 with HDCP 2.3 and eARC (seven in, one out)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization*
  • YPAO multipoint automatic room calibration 
  • Voice control with Amazon Alexa, Siri (via AirPlay 2) and Google Assistant
  • MusicCast multiroom app control with optional wireless surrounds
  • $600, available September 2020

RX-V4A at a glance

  • 5.1-channel, 80-watt AV receiver
  • 8K/60Hz & 4K/120Hz, HDMI 2.1 with HDCP 2.3 and eARC (four in, one out)
  • YPAO automatic room calibration 
  • Voice control with Amazon Alexa, Siri (via AirPlay 2) and Google Assistant
  • MusicCast multiroom app control with optional wireless surrounds
  • $440, available August 2020
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Yamaha Unveils Next-Gen AV Receivers, Featuring Multiple 8K Inputs, New Look and Immersive Technology

Redesigned from the ground up and built on the foundation of the performance and power you can expect from Yamaha, the new RX-V line is positioned to support the latest trends and specifications for home entertainment, including gaming – both now and into the future. This includes support for 8K, HDMI 2.1 and HDR10+ to usher in a new era of dynamic displays and endless possibilities for what can be seen and heard at home.

The RX-V line introduces two new models – the RX-V4A and RX-V6A, offering five and seven channels of support, respectively. Whether you're 4K-ready today or preparing for 8K to come, both models are built to support and pass through the highest resolution content available. In fact, no other AV receiver on the market offers as many 8K HDMI inputs as Yamaha, with three on the RX-V6A (7 inputs total) and all four inputs on the RX-V4A. Couple that picture quality with the authentic True Sound expression that Yamaha is uniquely positioned to understand and recreate, and no one puts you in the center of the action more – from recreating an immersive movie theater or live concert setting to the ultimate gaming experience – all from the comfort of your home.

"We've modernized the AV receiver to fit your emerging needs – from the rising size and resolution of TV screens to the speed and life-like realism of the latest gaming consoles and platforms. We're here to ensure that your gear is ready for these latest innovations, complementing the stunning visuals on your screen with thrilling sound all around you," said Alex Sadeghian, director, Consumer Audio, Yamaha Corporation of America. "Bring the theater home, put yourself in the center of the action and build the immersive experience you and your family deserves."

Advances to the RX-V lineup in 2020 are the most significant to date, beginning with a new look, inside and out, with a simplified, modern design that features a brand new, high-resolution LCD display and a jog dial with touch-sensitive buttons.

The modern look is matched by capabilities and support for the most stunning audio and visual experiences available. This includes HDMI 2.1 compatibility, providing faster, smoother and uninterrupted entertainment and gameplay with auto low latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rates (VRR), quick frame transport (QFT) and quick media switching (QMS). This is especially helpful for compatibility not only with Ultra HD TVs and emerging 8K setups, but also in preparation for the latest gaming platforms arriving this fall. In fact, to support the use of powered HDMI cables for longer wiring needs, Yamaha has boosted the power supply from HDMI outputs to 300mA.

Both models offer 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 voice control via Alexa, Google and Siri-enabled devices. In addition, both the RX-V4A and RX-V6A offer MusicCast Surround, allowing optional wireless MusicCast speakers to be paired and used as surrounds in a 5.1-ch. setup without the need for speaker wire to the AV receiver.

All inputs on the RX-V4A and RX-V6A support Dolby Vision. In addition to DTS-X and Dolby Atmos, the RX-V6A goes even further by offering Dolby Atmos with Height Virtualization, simulating the overhead sound experience for an immersive, 360-degree sound field in a number of speaker configurations.

RX-V6A At-a-Glance
  • 7.2-ch., 100-watt AV receiver with Zone 2
  • 8K/60Hz & 4K/120Hz*, HDMI 2.1 with HDCP 2.3 and eARC (7-in/1-out)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization*
  • YPAO Multi-Point automatic room calibration
  • Voice control with Amazon Alexa, Siri (via AirPlay 2) and Google Assistant
  • MusicCast multi-room app control with optional wireless surrounds
  • $599.95 MSRP, available Sept. 2020
RX-V4A At-a-Glance
  • 5.1-ch., 80-watt AV receiver
  • 8K/60Hz & 4K/120Hz*, HDMI 2.1 with HDCP 2.3 and eARC (4-in/1-out)
  • YPAO automatic room calibration
  • Voice control with Amazon Alexa, Siri (via AirPlay 2) and Google Assistant
  • MusicCast multi-room app control with optional wireless surrounds
  • $439.95 MSRP, available Aug. 2020
*Available via future update.
Additional Information and Webinar


To learn more about the new RX-V series and capabilities, Yamaha is hosting a webinar, open to the public, on Thursday, August 27 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern / 2:00 p.m. Pacific. See what's in store and register here: Yamaha.io/avr827.

Complete specs on the new RX-V models can be found at:

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