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Product Spotlight: Yamaha Aventage AV Receivers

Explore the Yamaha Difference at Austin’s Home Audio Store

Product Spotlight: Yamaha Aventage AV Receivers

Yamaha can be considered unique in the electronics industry. Starting in 1887 with a reed organ, the company now makes a whole line of musical instruments, from well-known pianos to guitars to wind instruments as well as a broad range of home and professional audio products. In 2019, Yamaha's new brand slogan became “make waves” to reflect how the company aims to deliver emotional experiences to customers.

Since building its first hi-fi audio product in 1954, Yamaha has been committed to delivering engaging sound experiences. Nowhere is that better reflected than in their extensive AV receiver line. AV receivers rely on sophisticated digital processing to produce the magic of immersive surround sound, and Yamaha has been at it for a long time. They first produced their own semiconductors in 1971 and have amassed decades of experience in DSP (digital signal processing). Yamaha was one of the earliest players in soundbars, starting with the award-winning YSP-1 in 2005, which showcased the company's DSP expertise in directing sound around the room from a single unit with multiple drivers.

What does this mean for AV receivers? The company's experience with musical instruments and DSP makes them uniquely qualified to build components that faithfully and naturally reproduce sound for movies and music. Read on to learn more about Yamaha's best AV receiver, the Aventage line, and hear the difference at A&B TV, Austin's complete home audio store.

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Build Quality

Aventage is Yamaha's high-end AV receiver and processor line, so build quality and reliability are critical. Yamaha calls Aventage their "Total Purity Concept." Aventage models incorporate high-quality preamp sections, low-distortion, high-power amplifiers, and dedicated power supplies for the analog and digital circuitry to keep digital noise out of the analog signal path. Large anti-vibration heat sinks suppress vibrations from sound and transistors as well as effectively keeping the component cool at high output levels.

The focus on quality and detail continues with the Aventage chassis fifth foot in the center of each unit, dampening vibrations from the power transformer, heat sinks, and nearby speakers. Even the feet are uniquely designed to reduce vibration. The H-shaped frame creates a reinforced chassis for a stable platform for all the high-quality electronics housed within. The solid aluminum front panel fascia is one of your outward signs that this is a serious audio component. Another indicator of quality is the heft and weight of the high-end models, as exemplified by the 40-pound mass of the RX-A3080 receiver, indicative of the chassis and power supplies inside.

Sound Quality

Of course, the primary indicator of quality is the sound. Modern AV receivers are loaded with features, most of them matching each other. In that respect, Yamaha does not disappoint. Standard features across the Aventage line include HDMI eARC for uncompressed sound from TV and other sources, Apple's AirPlay2 for smooth, synchronized wireless audio streaming, and Yamaha's own wireless MusicCast capability to link a multi-room system. Full pass-through of 4K content with all major HDR formats is there as well for full video support.

A unique feature Yamaha includes is the ability to use MusicCast wireless speakers for surround sound - a boon for apartment dwellers and any others unable to run physically wired surround speakers. 

On the higher end RX-A1080, RX-A2080, and RX-A3080 receivers, Yamaha uses high-performance ESS Sabre DACs (digital to analog converters), often found in high-end separate components, for superior digital audio processing. Other distinguishing features include Yamaha's unique DSP modes that can enhance music and movies. Unlike the DSP modes in competing products that may make the sound unnatural, Yamaha DSP can heighten the sense of realism of dramatic music tracks.

For movies, Yamaha’s new Surround:AI processing uses artificial intelligence to analyze the soundtrack in real-time and optimizes the surround steering and impact based on the content. It's just another example of how Yamaha uses its DSP expertise to deliver a more immersive entertainment experience – making waves.

AV receiver features are important, and Yamaha has all the latest features. But the real differentiator in audio performance is build quality and the quality of the parts used inside, which is the reason Yamaha is a favorite brand at A&B TV. Experience Yamaha quality at our 10,000 square foot showroom, or call us today at (512) 454-4534 for more information and the best pricing. We look forward to hearing from you!