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Yamaha RX-A720BL A/V Receiver

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Product Highlights
  • 630 W Surround Sound (90 W x 7)
  • AVENTAGE Series
  • 7.2 Channel
  • 4K Pass-Through
  • AirPlay Ready
  • 3D Ready
  • Ultra Low Jitter Circuitry
  • AV Controller App
  • SCENE Buttons (BD/DVD, TV, CD & Radio)
  • 6 1080p-Compatible HDMI Inputs

Touted as a provider of AV entertainment for the new age, Yamaha's AVENTAGE series takes this job very seriously. The AVENTAGE line represents a dramatic, inspired leap forward in audio/video component design. These receivers bring studio-grade sound and sophisticated video enhancement to your home with unparalleled attention to detail in design, engineering and fabrication. Yamaha has rethought every electrical path, part, piece and every material to maximize performance. These details at first glance might not seem to affect the quality of sight, sound and control -- but when brought together in an AVENTAGE component, produce a work of visual and acoustic art.

As a member of this highly esteemed line, the RX-A720BL A/V Receiver packs in several features that allow for exceptional audio and video reproduction to enhance your movies, music and games. It features A.R.T. (Anti-Resonance Technology) with a fifth foot in the center of the unit to dampen vibrations from the power transformer, power transistors and heat sinks as well as vibrations that might be caused by the sound from your speakers.

Of course, the 7.2-channel RX-720 has all of the features you would expect from an A/V receiver in its class. It boasts six assignable HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, which carry 3D video, Deep Color, x.v. Color and allow for an Audio Return Channel. They can also upscale analog video to 4K/full HD 1080p for crisp, clear imaging from any source input. With built-in decoding for several high definition audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, you can enjoy true immersion in your entertainment.

This receiver also offers network functionality and support for AirPlay so that you can stream music wirelessly from your iPod touch/iPhone/iPad or Mac/PC. If you download the AV Controller App from the iTunes App Store or Google Play you can control power on/off, volume, input and DSP mode selection and more from your iPhone or Android phone. You can also operate various functions via the built-in web browser control. Another way it allows for exceptional audio is the Compressed Music Enhancer, which restores clarity to music files from sources like an iPod or CD player.

Finally, the on-screen advanced GUI (graphical user interface) allows for seamless, intuitive operation of your new RX-720. Yamaha's latest GUI has a high resolution display with clear, easy-to-use menus and also includes a selectable Status Bar that shows input source, volume level, DSP mode and audio format. The GUI can be displayed over both normal and 3D pictures. An added convenience is the four SCENE buttons. All in all the RX-720 offers a solid design, network functionality and high-grade A/V processing that will allow it to power your home theater for years to come. Simply add speakers, a Blu-ray disc or DVD player and TV and your setup will be complete.

Anti-Resonance Technology (A.R.T.)
The Anti-Resonance Technology Wedge is a 5th foot in the center of the unit which dampens vibrations from the power transformer, power transistors and heat sinks as well as vibrations that might be caused by the sound from the speakers
4K Pass-Through and Upscaling
The HDMI input/output supports 4K video image pass-through. It can also perform 4K upscaling to boost a lower resolution image to super high-def resolution. This ensures compatibility with the latest super high resolution video formats
Edge Adaptive Deinterlacing
In ordinary deinterlacing, pixels in areas of movement are interpolated by upper and lower ranges, which causes jaggies in diagonal lines. Edge adaptive deinterlacing detects the direction of the line and interpolates the pixels optimally
HDMI With 3D and Audio Return Channel
This receiver is able to handle 3D data. The Audio Return Channel function enables data to be sent and received via the same HDMI cable, so you can hear the sound from the TV via a single HDMI cable, with no need for an extra optical cable
Network Functions
A variety of network functions allow you to access more sources and enhance operation of the RX-A720. You can connect the receiver to a PC to enjoy Internet radio and operate your system via WebBrowser Control. The AV Controller App (from iTunes App Store or Google Play) lets you control power on/off and volume, select input and DSP modes and operate other functions from an iPod, iPhone, iPad or Android phone. A tablet version is also available
AirPlay for Streaming Music to AV Receiver
With support for AirPlay, this receiver can accept wireless music streaming from an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, as well as from iTunes on Macs or PCs. This makes it easy to enjoy music from your mobile devices or computer on your home theater system. You can view metadata like song title, artist name, and album art using the receiver's on-screen display
USB Digital Connection for iPod, iPhone and iPad on Front Panel
The front-panel USB port allows convenient connection of an iPod/iPhone/iPad, which also charges when connected. Because the digital signal from your Apple device is transmitted directly to the AV receiver, there is no signal loss or interference, so you enjoy the best possible sound quality/ In addition, you can use the receiver's remote control unit to operate the music playback functions on your device
Versatile Zone Control
  • Zone 2 on/off and control on front panel
  • Zone sleep and system sleep
  • Remote input/output
  • Programmable +12V trigger output
Input Selection in HDMI Standby Through Mode
When the AV receiver is in HDMI standby mode, the input source (Blu-ray disc player, gaming console etc) for viewing on the monitor can be changed via the remote control. There's no need to turn on the AV receiver in order to switch sources
HDMI CEC for Easy Operation
Another benefit of HDMI is the availability of CEC functionality. When the unit is connected to a CEC compatible TV, it will turn on and off together with the TV and you can use the TV remote to control the volume. CEC also provides advanced functionality with other components. For example, you can use the receiver's remote unit to control player functions like skip and stop
HDMI Front Panel Input
In addition to the 5 HDMI inputs on the rear panel, there is one on the front panel so you can easily connect a digital camera or camcorder for high-quality pictures
Advanced Multi-Language GUI On-Screen Display
Features a high resolution display with clear, easy to use menus and also includes a selectable status bar that show input source, volume level, DSP mode and audio format/ The GUI offers a choice of seven languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Chinese can be displayed over 2D or 3D pictures
SCENE for One-Touch Start
Pressing a SCENE buttons powers on the AV receiver and selects the input source and DSP mode. You can reset the buttons for different sources by selecting a source and DSP mode, then pressing a SCENE button for more than three seconds
YPAO R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control) Sound Optimization
YPAO R.S.C. analyzes room acoustics and measures various speaker characteristics, then calibrates audio parameters to achieve optimum sound. It employs Reflected Sound Control to correct early reflections for studio-quality sound. It also provides DSP Effect Normalization, which varies the CINEMA DSP parameters according to the reflected sounds
Subwoofer Trim for Improved Sound Imaging
Enhances the low frequencies by avoiding overlap with the front speaker output. This allows for a cleaner, more focused sound stage while providing a seamless frequency response. When subwoofer frequency overlap occurs in conventional systems, the overall sound is pushed toward the subwoofer. Subwoofer Trim takes care of this by separating the lower subwoofer frequencies cleanly, thus stabilizing the front stage while providing a well-balanced, enhanced bass sound
Compressed Music Enhancer
When music is encoded into a digitally compressed format like MP3, the frequency response suffers. Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer employs sophisticated digital signal processing using exclusive algorithms to restore what was lost, so the music always sounds the way it should
Dialogue Lift and Dialogue Level Adjustment
Dialogue Lift raises the sound of dialogue from the center speaker to a position in the center of the screen. Dialogue lift achieves dialogue lift function even without the need for presence speakers. Dialogue Level Adjustment lets you control the volume of the vocal sound, so you hear movie dialogue and music vocals at the ideal level for clear, comfortable listening
HD Audio With CINEMA DSP and Virtual Presence Speaker
CINEMA DSP 3D provides a wide, high and dense sound field. HD Audio format decoding lets you enjoy HD Audio sources. Virtual Presence Speaker delivers 3-dimensional sound without actual use of presence speaker
Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)
Adaptive DRC automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialogue and vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. You won't need to adjust the level of volume as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials, and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening when you don't want to disturb others
Green Features
Yamaha's ECO mode reduces power consumption by about 20%. It can be set from the top of the GUI menu. Auto Power Down lets you save energy by selecting to turn off the power after 2, 4, 8 or 12 hours. Additionally, this receiver has a low power draw in standby mode -- 0.1 watt in IR standby mode, 3 watts in HDMI Standby Through mode, and 2 watts in Network Standby mode
Intelligent Amp Assign
This feature automatically assigns amplifier channels to certain speakers, depending on what functions are selected. For example, in a 7.1-channel system when zone 2 is off, all 7.1 channels will be used in the main zone. When zone 2 is on, power to the two surround back channels will be directed to the two speakers in zone 2 and the main zone will receive 5.1 channels of power. Similarly, when CINEMA DSP 3D is on, the two front presence speakers will be powered and not the two surround back speakers. When CINEMA DSP 3D is off, the situation is reversed -- this way you don't have to switch the speaker cables on the rear of the speaker
Aluminum Front Panel
All AVENTAGE components feature a uniform sleek, clean design with an elegant aluminum front panel and silky touch volume/selector knobs. The aluminum front panel is used to effectively shield sensitive circuitry from external noise and electronic radiation generated by dimmer switches, fluorescent lighting, video monitors and so on. This ensures optimum sonic performance in the widest range of installation environments
Audio Features
  • Powerful 7-channel surround sound 90W per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2ch driven)
  • 105W per channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9% THD, 2ch driven)
  • HD Audio format decoding: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
  • Discrete amp configuration
  • Selected high quality parts to achieve optimum audio performance
  • Pure Direct for HD Audio and video enjoyment
  • Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels
  • Low jitter PLL circuitry helps optimize sound imaging
  • Detachable power cable for easier installation (also allows cable upgrade)
  • Assignable amplifiers for bi-amp connection
  • Intelligent assignable amplifiers for surround back - Front Presence or Zone 2
  • Banana-plug compatible binding post speaker terminal for Zone 2/Presence channels
Video Features
  • 4K/full HD 1080p video upscaling from analog and HDMI input
  • Supports Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v.Color, 24 Hz refresh rate and auto lip-sync compensation
Additional Features
  • Charging of iPod, iPhone and iPad via USB when AV receiver is off
  • iPod/iPhone song titles displayed in English and Western European languages on the front panel and on-screen display
  • Audio input assign capability for HDMI and component video input
  • Audio delay for adjusting lip-sync (0-500 ms)
  • Newly designed preset remote unit
  • Background video feature (for tuner and net)
  • Virtual dialogue lift even without the use of presence speakers
  • Virtual Presence Speaker function for CINEMA DSP 3D surround without front presence speakers
  • SILENT CINEMA and Virtual CINEMA DSP
Amplifier
Rated Power Output 90 W x 7 (8 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2 channels driven)
105 W x 7 (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2 channels driven)
Dynamic Power Front L/R, 8/6/4/2 ohms
130/170/200/240 W
No. of Channels 7.2
Audio Processing
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby TrueHD Yes
DTS Yes
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
DTS-HD HR Audio Yes
DSP 17 DSP programs
THX Surround EX No
THX Certified No
Convenience
AM/FM Tuner Yes
FM Sensitivity Not specified by manufacturer
Remote Control Yes
Input HDMI (1 front) x 6
Radio antenna (FM/AM) x 1 / x 1
Dock terminal for optional dock accessories x 1
Digital optical x 2
Digital coaxial x 2
Analog audio x 5
Component video (audio input assignable) x 2
Composite video x 5
Output HDMI (simultaneous) x 1
Analog audio x 1
Component video monitor x 1
Composite monitor x 1
Composite AV x 1
Speakers (without subwoofer) (7 ch/9 terminals)
Subwoofer preout x 2
Headphone jack x 1
Other Ports Zone 2 audio out x 1
Remote in/out x 1 / x 1
+12V/0.1A trigger out x 1
Terminal for detachable power cable x 1
Ethernet port x 1
USB x 1
Video Input Upscaling Yes
General
Power Requirements 120 VAC, 60 Hz
Power Consumption Standby: ≤0.1W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 17.1 x 6.75 x 14.5" (434.3 x 171.4 x 368.3 mm)
Weight 23.6 lb (10.7 kg)
Yamaha RX-A720BL A/V Receiver
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    YamahaRX-A720BL A/V Receiver
     
    4.5

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    4.0

    Great Unit for the $$

    By tp

    from south joisey

    About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Good Power Output

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Home Theater
    • Smaller Rooms

    Comments about Yamaha RX-A720BL A/V Receiver:

    I replaced a Flagship Onkyo with this unit due to what I understand to be a common HDMI switching issue with a couple models of Onkyo receiver. This is not as powerful, or feature laden, but it does sound great. I really wish these receivers would support digital audio inputs to Zone 2. I just both an Apple TV 3 and it only has one HDMI output. So next summer when out by the pool, I will still be using my Squeezebox to listen to music.

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    5.0

    Powerful and friendly

    By Alex

    from Dallas, Tx

    About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Energy Efficient
    • Good Power Output
    • Good Remote Control
    • Great Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Basic Systems
      • DJ / Mixing
      • Home Theater
      • Larger Rooms
      • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
      • Smaller Rooms

      Comments about Yamaha RX-A720BL A/V Receiver:

      Very high quality in every way. Many intelligent features and if hooked to some good speakers you will be amazed by the sound quality. The design is very modern and eye catcher. You can't go wrong with this receiver. Highly recommended.

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