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Yamaha RX-A1020BL 7.2-Channel A/V Receiver (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • 840 W Surround Sound (120 W x 7)
  • AVENTAGE Series
  • Network Functionality
  • 3D Ready
  • Ultra Low Jitter Circuitry
  • YPAO Sound Optimization
  • Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD Audio Decoding
  • AV Controller App
  • 8 1080p-Compatible HDMI Inputs

As a member of the highly esteemed AVENTAGE series, the Yamaha RX-A1020BL 7.2-Channel A/V Receiver (Black) 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-A1020 has all of the features you would expect from an A/V receiver in its class. It boasts eight assignable HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs (simultaneous), 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 for a variety of added functions. 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 iPod, iPhone, iPad 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-A1020. 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-A1020 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.

AVENTAGE Series AV Receiver
The AVENTAGE line of high-performance AV receivers is based on the audio design concept of providing a massive, full-bodied sound for movie sound effects and the accurate reproduction of music sources. By expertly harmonizing traditional and advanced technologies, every factor that affects sound quality, from materials and parts to construction, layout, vibration damping (unique A.R.T. Wedge foot) and "fine-tuning" the sound, is handled with no other thought than to achieve the best possible audio quality. As a result, every AVENTAGE model has the ability to reproduce the most subtle details of high-definition sound, so that listeners can enjoy a truly high-class sound studio experience at home
High Quality Parts Allow Sound Tuning for Optimum Performance
Each part inside of an AV receiver affects the sound quality. For the AVENTAGE models, extra time was spent to find and develop optimized parts, which were then extensively tested in prototype units. This testing process allowed our sound technicians to effectively "tune" the receiver's sound to achieve the highest performance possible
Symmetrical Power Amplifier Layout
This is just one of the many design details that all combine to create a superior receiver. The interior of the unit has been precisely planned, circuit-routed and built so that the left and right channels are physically and electrically isolated. This naturally maximizes channel separation, but also greatly improves signal to noise ratio and helps to achieve a wide, open sound stage
A.R.T. Wedge for Vibration Resistance
The A.R.T. (Anti-Resonance Technology) Wedge is a fifth foot in the center of the unit. It 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. This elimination or reduction of vibration provides an audible increase in sound quality throughout the AVENTAGE series
4K Pass-Through and Upscaling
The HDMI input/output supports 4K video image pass-through, and can perform 4K upscaling to boost a lower resolution image to super high-def resolution for compatibility with advanced high resolution video formats
High Quality Video Processing With Edge Adaptive Deinterlacing
In ordinary deinterlacing, pixels in areas of movement are interpolated by upper and lower ranges. This 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
3D means this receiver can handle 3D signal 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 Functionality
The RX-A1020 provides a variety of network functions that enable you to access more sources and also enhance operation. You can connect the receiver to a PC to enjoy Internet radio and operate your system via Web Browser Control. The AV Controller App (from iTunes or Google Play) lets you control power on/off and volume, select input and DSP modes and operate other functions from your iPod, iPhone, iPad or Android phone. A tablet version is also available
AirPlay for Streaming Music to AV Receiver
This AV receiver supports AirPlay, so it 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 even view metadata like song title, artist name, and album art using the receiver's on-screen display
Front-Panel USB Digital Connection for iPod, iPhone & iPad
A USB port on the front panel of the RX-A1020 allows convenient connection of an iPod/iPhone/iPad, which also charges when connected. Because the digital signal from the iPod/iPhone/iPad 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 iPod/iPhone/iPad music playback functions
Versatile Zone Control
  • Zone 2 on/off and control on front panel
  • Zone 2 video assign (Component, S-Video, Composite)
  • System Backup / Recovery function
  • Multi-channel output in main Zone plus 2-channel HDMI output in a second Zone
  • Zone mono, Zone volume, tone controls and balance
  • Party mode
Input Selection in HDMI Standby Through Mode
When the AV receiver is in HDMI Standby Through mode, the input source (Blu-ray Disc player, game 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 (Consumer Electronics Control) 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
Advanced Multi-Language GUI On-Screen Display
Yamaha's graphical user interface 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 provides a choice of seven languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Chinese and can be displayed both over 2D and 3D pictures
SCENE Plus Provides Ultimate Convenience
The SCENE Plus function simplifies operation by providing one-touch power on along with selection of the desired source and appropriate DSP programs. SCENE Plus offers a choice of 12 SCENE selections, four of which can be assigned to the second zone in a multi-zone system. SCENE Plus can be selected from the front panel, remote control, GUI and even from the AV Controller App
YPAO R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control) Sound Optimization With Speaker Angle Measurement
YPAO analyzes the room acoustics and adjusts various audio parameters for optimum sound from your listening position, and lets you set up to eight positions. Reflected Sound Control corrects 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 low subwoofer frequencies cleanly, thus stabilizing the front stage while providing a well-balanced, enhances 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. Newly developed virtual 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 3D 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 speakers. The actually measured sound field data contain the information of the height of the sound images. CINEMA DSP 3D mode achieves the reproduction of the accurate height of the sound images so that it creates the accurate and intensive stereoscopic sound fields in a listening room
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. There is no need to adjust the volume level 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 do not want to disturb others
Eco-Friendly Design
Yamaha makes their receivers eco-friendly with a low standby power consumption of 0.3 watts (2 watts in HDMI Standby Through mode). The auto power down function lets you save energy by selecting to turn off the power after 4, 8, or 12 hours
Intelligent Amp Design
Intelligent Amp Assign 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. However, 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, this situation is reversed. Thanks to Intelligent Amp Assign, there's no need to switch the speaker cables on the rear of the receiver -- it's just one more this receiver makes your life a little easier
Aluminum Front Panel
All of the AVENTAGE components feature the same 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 energy 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
  • 7-channel powerful surround sound
  • 110W per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.06% THD, 2ch driven)
  • 120W 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
  • Heat sink with anti-vibration and anti-thermal properties
  • Rigid chassis with additional bottom frames
  • DAC on pure ground circuitry
  • High speed thermal feedback power amplifier
  • 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
  • Phono input for vinyl playback
Video Features
  • 4K/full HD 1080p video upscaling from analog and HDMI input
  • HDMI: 8 inputs (one on front) and 2 outputs (simultaneous)
  • Supports Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v. Color, 24 Hz refresh rate and auto lip sync compensation
Advanced Features
  • HDMI front panel input for devices such as camcorders and digital cameras
  • DLNA 1.5 certified
  • HD Radio
  • Charging of iPod, iPhone and iPad via USB when AV receiver is off
  • iPod/iPhone/iPad song titles displayed in English and western European languages on front panel and on-screen display
  • Ability to store and choose between two speaker setting patterns
  • Flexibly assignable component video and optical/coaxial (except Video Aux) inputs allow a wide range of source components
  • Audio delay for adjusting lip sync (0-500 ms)
  • Newly designed preset remote unit
  • Background video feature (for tuner and net)
Surround Realism Features
  • HD Audio decoding with CINEMA DSP 3D (17 DSP programs)
  • Virtual dialogue life even without use of presence speakers
  • Virtual Presence Speaker function for CINEMA DSP 3D surround without front presence speakers
  • Channel expandability with external amplifier (7-channel expandability, bi-amping)
  • Adaptive DSP level
Rated Power Output 120 W per channel (1 kHz, 2 channels driven)
110 W per channel (20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channels driven)
Dynamic Power 135/165/210/280 W per channel (8/6/4/2 ohms)
No. of Channels 7.2
Audio Processing
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Pro Logic IIx Yes
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
DSP 17 modes
THX Surround EX No
THX Certified No
Audio D/A Converter 192 kHz / 24-bit (Burr Brown) for all channels
AM/FM Tuner Yes
FM Sensitivity Not specified by manufacturer
Remote Control Yes
Input HDMI x 8 (1 front)
Digital coaxial audio x 3
Digital optical audio (1 front) x 4
Analog audio (1 front) x 10
Multi-channel input (8-channel)
Phono input x 1
Component video x 4
S-Video (1 front) x 5
Composite video (1 front) x 5
7.2-channel pre-out
Output HDMI (simultaneous) x 2
Digital optical audio x 1
Analog audio x 1
Component video x 1
S-Video x 1
Composite video x 1
Headphone out x 1
Other Ports 12 V trigger output x 2
Remote (IR) in/out x 2
RS-232C x 1
USB x 1
Network port x 1
Dock port (for optional YDS-12, YID-W10 or YBA-10) x 1
Video Input Upscaling Analog and HDMI upscaling to full HD 1080p
Power Requirements 120 VAC, 60 Hz
Auto Shutoff Yes
Power Consumption 0.3 W (standby, IR only)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 17.1 x 7.1 x 17.0" (43.4 x 18.0 x 43.2 cm)
Weight 33.3 lb (15 kg)
Yamaha RX-A1020BL 7.2-Channel A/V Receiver (Black)
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    I would buy this product again and again

    By Stéphane Richard

    from Québec, Canada

    About Me Movie Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer


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


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        Comments about Yamaha RX-A1020BL 7.2-Channel A/V Receiver (Black):

        J'utilise cet ampli comme remplaçant de Mon Harman Kardon AVR354, tout est mieux avec cet amplificateur. La possibilité d'utilisé mon Iphone comme télécommande est génial. Le fait de pouvoir monter des Scènes est génial.

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        Great switching amp with internet

        By JKad

        from Charleston, WV

        About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer


        • Accurate Controls
        • Good Power Output
        • Good Remote Control
        • Great Sound Quality


          Best Uses

          • Home Theater
          • Larger Rooms

          Comments about Yamaha RX-A1020BL 7.2-Channel A/V Receiver (Black):

          Used with 7.1 channel speaker system, Blu-Ray, satellite, DVD player, VCR, DSLR with video. Drives Klipsch system well, sounds great. Took a while to configure the full system but now working as expected. Setup not so bad as to give it a con rating. Still working through Air-play but it's new to me. I can control amp through I-phone and play music from it and PC's! Need to try more streaming through laptop connected to front HDMI.

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