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Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black)

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Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black)

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  • 1,260 W Surround Sound (140 W x 9)
  • 4K Pass-Through & Upscaling
  • AVENTAGE Series
  • 3D Ready
  • 9.2-Channel
  • Ultra Low Jitter Circuitry
  • iPod/iPhone/iPad Compatible
  • SCENE PLUS (12 SCENE Choices)
  • Compatible with Windows 7
  • YPAO-Reflected Sound Control
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The RX-A2020 Home Theater Receiver (Black) from Yamaha is a dramatic, inspired step forward in audio/video component design. The AVENTAGE RX-A2020 A/V Receiver brings studio-grade sound and sophisticated video enhancements to the home as a result of unparalleled attention to detail in design, engineering and fabrication; all at a reasonable price. Details that, at first glance, would not seem to affect the quality of sight, sound, and control, when brought together within an AVENTAGE component produce a work of visual and acoustic art.

Every single item was engineered with brilliance throughout the design of this receiver. Technologies such as the H-shaped cross-member frame that goes across the top, bottom left and right sides of the chassis, reduces vibration and provide more support for the transformer and heat sinks. The symmetrical power amplifier layout improves signal to noise ratio with uniform balanced vibration control and improved sound experience. And the Ultra Low Jitter Circuitry reduces jitter from digital sources, including HDMI, using a more precise timing control, just to name a few.

Your Yamaha RX-A2020 A/V Receiver meets the requirements of the most demanding videophiles at an entry-level price. You pick the speakers, DVD or Blu-ray player and TV and your RX-A2020 will tie them all together.

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
H-Shaped Cross Member Frame
The interior of the receiver is reinforced with cross members in an H shape to provide an extremely rigid and stable frame. This reduces chassis vibration to virtually zero even during high volume output (seemingly minor vibrations can affect the sound), maintaining the highest audio quality
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
HQV Vida Processor for High Resolution HD and SD Images
An advanced HQV (Hollywood Quality Video) Vida processor optimizes the video signals sent to the TV. It supports both SD and HD sources, and employs powerful noise reduction functions that even improve low-quality sources. Additional resolution enhancement functions make SD content look like HD
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
  • HDMI zone B for audio/video streaming to another room (same content as main room)
  • Zone 2/3 on/off and control on front panel
  • Zone GUI (song/station selection, album cover art display, Zone tone controls/Zone balance, short message)
  • Zone 2/3 video assign (component, S-Video, composite)
  • System backup/recovery function
  • 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
High-Resolution Music Enhancer
High-bit high-sampling extension up to 96 kHz / 24-bit can be applied to lossless 44.1/48 kHz content such as from a CD (2-channel PCM) or a FLAC file for further heightening of the musicality in the original content
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
  • 9-channel powerful surround sound
  • 140W per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.06% THD, 2ch driven)
  • 155W 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 (9-channel expandability, bi-amping)
  • Adaptive DSP level
Amplifier
Rated Power Output 1,260 W (140 W x 9) (20 Hz to 20 kHz, 2 ch driven, 0.06% THD, 8 ohms)
1,395 W (155 W x 9) (1 kHz, 2 ch driven, 0.9% THD, 8 ohms)
Dynamic Power 165/210/285/405 W per channel (8/6/4/2 ohms)
No. of Channels 9.2
Audio Processing
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby Digital EX Yes
Dolby Pro Logic IIx Yes
DTS Yes
DTS 96/24 Yes
DTS ES Yes, Matrix/Discrete 6.1
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
DTS-HD HR Audio Yes
DTS Express Yes
THX Surround EX No
THX Certified No
Digital to Analog Converter 192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels (Burr-Brown)
Video
Video System NTSC
Convenience
AM/FM Tuner Yes
Tuning Range for AM or FM Tuner 87.5 MHz to 107.9 MHz
Remote Control Yes (Preset, Learning, Macro)
Input HDMI (Audio Input Assignable) x 8
Sirius x 1
Radio Antenna (FM/AM) included HD Radio x 1 / x 1
Dock Terminal for Optional Accessories x 1
Optical Digital x 4
Coaxial Digital x 3
Analog Audio x 10
Component Video (Audio Input Assignable) x 4
Composite Video x 5
S-Video x 5
Phono Input x 1
Output HDMI (Simultaneous) x 2
Analog Audio x 1
Component Video Monitor x 1
Composite Monitor x 1
S-Video x 1
Digital Optical Out x 1
Headphone Out x 1
Speakers
Other Ports Zone 2 Audio Out x 1
Zone 3 Audio Out x 1
Remote In/Out x 2 / x 2
+12V Trigger Out x 2
RS-232C Interface x 1
USB x 1
Ethernet x 1
General
Power Requirements 120 VAC, 60 Hz
Power Consumption 0.3 W (IR only)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 17.1 x 7.5 x 18.4" (434 x 190.5 x 467 mm)
Weight 37.7 lb (17.1 kg)
Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black)
  • 2-Year Yamaha Limited Parts and Labor Warranty
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    YamahaRX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 15 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (12)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Well built / quality (7)
    • Energy efficient (6)
    • Good power output (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Upgrade (8)
      • Home theater (5)
      • Replacement (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (7), Audiophile (4), Movie enthusiast (3), Power user (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (10)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (14)

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      4.0

      More features than most users will need

      By Corona

      from Huntsville, Alabama

      About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Theater
        • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

        Comments about Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black):

        Well I got the dreaded Onkyo HDMI burnout problem (5 years old) so I decided to move on the next level of audio and video receivers and like many I did my homework so if you are reviewing audio video specs the RX-2020 is a good option for those who need a little something extra in the way of hookups in a not so complicated environments.. the genius is my wife can sit on the patio and control the whole thing with her phone and I didn't really have to train her much.

        Cheer

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        4.0

        My replacement Surround sound receiver

        By Ted

        from Gurnee, Il

        About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Packrat, Practical, Tech Savvy

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Energy Efficient
        • Good Power Output
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Confusing / Bad Remote Control
        • Difficult To Set Up

        Best Uses

        • Home Theater
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black):

        Our old receiver had gone MIA after 10 years and we started looking for a replacement that would recognize and utilize all of the old fully funtioning equipment that we had compiled over the last 30 years. Of prime importance were pre amps out for existing not utilized old amp. After looking and comparing specifications for 2 months we settled on the Yamaha RX-A2020.

        The intigration was at times long and tedious, the Yamaha has performed amazingly! Am using the front preamps to power my prized Phase Linear powerhouse amp to a pair of Heathkit Bookshelf Accoustic Speakers, a pair of Infinity accoustic bookshelves for rear, and a Velodyne sub. The Yamaha has accepted an old 4 head/3motor cassette running through a parametric equalizer, a VHS recorder, 2 DVD players and a DVR, Cable, a mini Android PC, and soon a nice 8 track recorder just for giggles!

        This was the only receiver considered of all that included HD radio, and I'm sorry to say, we are smitten by FM HD radio. It has to be on 8 hours minimum every day!

        It took a while to get front channels acceptable, and tech support was able to assist through the challenges. Initial speakers setup was quick, tweaking in manual great to optimize the wildly different drivers in our system and small room (12x14 ft) accoustics.

        I highley reccoment this receiver. It's shear power, ability to integrate all components no matter their age and specs, dynamic headroom, and enjoyment factor. My wife has a difficult time because of it's complexity, but is very impressed.

        This is my first Yamaha purchase, but the brand is used by many of our friends and family.

        The RX-A2020 is simply extrardinary in it's ability to entertain and reproduce any medium of recordings and on air/web music flawlessly. It has even made our DVD viewing more enjoyable as it seems to clean up the playback through the HDMI. Highs are crisp and clear, voices so well reproduced that I can here Erik Clampton inhale between stanzas on his unplugged CD, and bass, OMG, not muddy, felt as well as moving. Our movie theaters cannot touch the surround experience we have at home!

        I rate this receiver 4.8 of 5 and would reccoment it highly!

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        • No

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Glad I upgraded to the 2020

        By Flash409

        from Greenville, SC

        About Me Audiophile

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Power Output
        • Great Remote App For Ipad
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Tversity Not Supported

        Best Uses

        • Home Theater
        • Larger Rooms
        • Streaming Audio

        Comments about Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black):

        I use this for audio primarily: phono, streaming Pandora and my own library. The sound quality is phenomenal (and I upgraded from a RX-V1800) plus I like the 4k pass-through and up-vert capabilities.

        I like the Pure Direct that includes video so I can follow my library.

        The only issue, if you can all it that, is the TVsersity decode only coming through as MP3, not WAV lossless, which forces me to us Windows Media Player 11 -- very slow to load.

        I haev purchased amps and receivers from Yamaha since 1974 and have never been disappointed.

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        • No

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        5.0

        INCREDIBLE Receiver!!!

        By Cheeks

        from Webster, Mn

        About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None that I can find

        Best Uses

        • Home Theater
        • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

        Comments about Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black):

        I honestly don't know where to start on this receiver. It is the most incredible AV product I've ever owned. I am new to the world of Yamaha and am enjoying finding my way around.

        The sound that this receiver puts out is second to none and with minimal effort. Pure ear candy. I had a pair of speakers (they were very popular at the time) that I purchased 20 years ago and was never overly happy with them. After I hooked them up to this new receiver, I couldn't believe how it brought them to life. I started wondering that if this Yamaha receiver could make these sub-par speakers sound so good, what could it do with a pair of really decent speakers? I went and purchased a pair of Definitive Technology BP8020ST's and quickly found out. The audio is so rich, full and detailed with crisp highs.

        I have my receiver powering the Def Techs for my fronts, two Mirage subwoofers, and a set of Mirage Nanosats for the left and right side surrounds, left and right rear surrounds, left and right front presence speakers and center speaker and it does not throw off very much heat. That's what I mean by mimimal effort. Immpressive.

        I love the functionality of this receiver. So much control over the details of the audio allows for all the fine tuning I could ever ask for and the GUI makes it all a breeze. The app I downloaded for my Ipad to control the receiver over my home network is a joy to use. I'm looking forward to getting rid of all of the remote relays throughout my house that I have had to use to control the other zones that I had set up with my old receiver. I can be on my deck and at the touch of a button, I've got whatever music I want to listen to from the net or my personal collection in the palm of my hand.

        I KNOW I have left out some things that I want to say about this receiver. My mind starts swimming whenever I begin thinking of all the reasons I am so happy with it. All I can say is that I am in heaven and never want to leave.

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        5.0

        Amazing Sound Quality

        By The Bobster

        from Decatur, GA

        About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Theater

          Comments about Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black):

          LOVE this receiver! Absolutely amazing sound quality, and powerful. Was convinced by a salesman to purchase this rather than Onkyo, and I am so glad I listened to him. Excellent in every way.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Happy until you discover all the possibi

          By DARIOOT

          from MEXICO

          About Me Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Good audio

          Cons

          • Not So Updated

          Best Uses

          • Upgrade

          Comments about Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black):

          Recently I bought to upgrade my RX-V465, and continue to experience the wonder of music and high definition video.

          Pros

          The sound is still great and without changing my speakers I can see improvements, so there are plans to upgrade all speakers to exploit to the maximum which will require a good investment which I hope to make a big difference.

          The onscreen menu makes everything much easier to set up and even when it brings many preset sound programs is good to see that allows any adjustment you want.

          It's great to have an App(Android or Apple) to control everything from your phone or tablet, do not know if sound quality is lost between transfer by bluetoth or Wi-Fi but it would be great to send all sound the mobile device not only music, I hope i will be a soon enhacement and go on exploiting this area.

          Cons
          Airplay and DLNA connection works fine but the switch between the different sources generates sometimes necessary disconnections and reset the IP assignment so they can re-synchronized, note my receiver already has released updates.

          I could never explore music from the RECEIVER to my PC via DLNA connection because I have thousands of songs and the receiver requires a complete list so the time spent to transfer is infinite and one gives up doing it that way is better to send the music from PC to RECEIVER.

          In seeking to exploit it to the fullest and not being familiar with many of these technologies I realize, belatedly, that most brands are already including recently programs such decoding Dolby Pro Logic IIz and DTS Neo: X, this model works with previous , also lacks decoding for THX. Maybe that just makes me miss a few clicks or a light breeze from the air in a few movies that have been concerned about adding these sounds or only i have to look for my favorite movie in DTS format to enjoy at the best, but I found it disappointing to see that this investment reached in not be upgraded with the latest available on the market. I do not know if these programs can be included in future updated, I hope so.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Nice Receiver

          By Frank

          from Connecticut

          About Me Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy To Use
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Upgrade

            Comments about Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black):

            This receiver was purchased to replace an older Yamaha DSP-A1 in my main system. The upgrades over the older processor included HDMI switching, ability to play 7 channel sources, and a tuner section. The older processor was relocated to power a bedroom surround system.

            I chose another Yamaha because I like the music DSP modes and find that the presence speakers add to the spatiousness of the sound. Also, based on my old processor, Yamaha seems to have a long life.

            I particularly like the "9-channel stereo" mode that plays two channel source through the surround and effect speakers. This allows me to listen to background muusic through those speakers without turning on the large external amps that power my main speakers.

            Rather than use "party mode" or zones for the speakers in my home office, I connected tham to the unused main speaker outputs on the receiver.
            When I want to listen to background music, I simply turn the receiver on, it remembers 9 channel stereo mode and music plays where I want it.

            I wish that the network radio receiver remembered its prior station and didn't force me to use the bookmarks menu each time I power it on. Also, preset buttons for net radio would be nice to have! It is sometimes easier to just start the receiver from my PC by connecting to its ip address. I created a tab for it in my IE homepage settings.

            The setup was easy, but the menu settings on the display didn't seem consistent. Not all capabilities showed on the left side scroll bar.

            YPAO worked nicely and advised me that my main speakers were out of phase with the speakers connected directly to the receiver (easily fixed).

            Given all the settings available for setup, the receiver should have included a printed manual rather than a CD. Yamaha customer service did send me one.

            Sound quality for both movies and music is equal to or slightly better than the old DSP-A1 using 5 channel + front effect speakers.

            I didn't expect that rear surround speakers would add much and I got what I expected after adding them.I have considered reconnecting them as rear presence speakers.

            If no rear surrounds are connected, the unit mixes that signal with the surround speakers. I wish that in the abscense of rear pressence speakers, that it would mix rear presence with the surrounds or rear surrounds. This would allow me to exploit both features.

            Aside from the few feature shortcomings that I mentioned, I am quite satisfied with this receiver after nearly a month of use. Time will tell if it is as reliable as my older (and much heavier) DSP-A1.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Great Sound - not so easy to setup

            By tonym

            from southern NH

            About Me Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Great sound quality
            • Low Power Consumption
            • Networking Capabilities
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

            • Arc Complicated
            • Expensive
            • Hard To Set Up
            • Heavy bulky
            • Plex Support Fails

            Best Uses

            • Airplay
            • Home Movies
            • Home Theatre
            • Networking
            • Surround Sound Solution

            Comments about Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black):

            The GOOD: The product sounds great. I upgraded from a Panasonic VSX surround amp and I notice a great improvement in the quality of the sound. The BAD: Not a well-designed user interface. They should have made it friendlier. Trying to get to all the various parameters to a scene is cumbersome. Setting up "Scenes" is a great feature - but figuring out to apply it to zone 2+ is very difficult. AIRPLAY - great feature - but if you do airplay in zone 2 or other zones - then the MAIN zone MUST do airplay as well. Not a good limitation. DLNA/PLEX support cannot support movie files of any compression. ARC is complicated to resolve when there's an ARC TV, PS3 and the receiver. It gets tricky.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Missing Some Features from Last Year

            By TurnipTruck AMX

            from Pennsylvania, USA

            About Me Power User

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy To Use
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Replacement
              • Upgrade

              Comments about Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black):

              On this year's models, the ability to store favorite Internet radio stations was removed. Also, when you select Internet radio, the receiver no longer starts the last stream, making you browse all the stations all over again.

              An otherwise perfect product was made something less than perfect.

              Aside form those issues, it's a great product that I would recommend to anyone in the market for a high-end network-cabapble receiver.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              More stuff - Less stuff

              By Devilsmane

              from Chesapeake, VA

              About Me Power User

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Dsps Vice Thx
              • Internet Firmware Updates
              • Remote Display Window

              Best Uses

              • Replacement

              Comments about Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black):

              System operations are remedial but don't equate that with poor function. The sound is great and with AirPlay I don't need to turn on my XBOX, PS3 or Escient to play my music library off my Mac. I could not get the flac files to play on my Window's laptop. It identified the Escient but the net function only plays an album at a time. AirPlay allows a lot more functionality but you have to use one of the free apps to translate the Flac files to Apple Lossless files.

              It's a keeper but next receiver will be something that I can play with like my past Denon or Integra.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Stunning Sound, Amazingly Easy Set-Up

              By Elio

              from New Jersey

              About Me Power User

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use
              • Extensive Controls
              • Great features
              • Quality Construction
              • Stunning Audio

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Upgrade

              Comments about Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black):

              I held off upgrading my trusty, 10 year old, RX-Z1 until this receiver caught my attention. I demo'd it at my local electronics store and purchased it on the spot. What an amazing upgrade this is from my older unit (which, by the way, has now become my 2 channel system in my living room. Yamaha receivers last forever.)

              Set-up was a breeze and what an enormous difference the YPAO makes in balancing the audio parameters for my theater room. I had the system up and running in under an hour. Movie soundtracks are incredibly detailed with accurate staging and well balanced bass. Music, particularly classical and jazz, soars. I'm really having a hard time prying myself out of my home theater now. I keep re-watching my entire Blu-Ray library because each movie sounds completly new. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this receiver. Best purchase I've made in a decade.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Incredible a/v receiver

              By Scott

              from Mishawaka, IN

              About Me Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use
              • Low Power Consumption
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Replacement
                • Upgrade

                Comments about Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black):

                This is an incredible a/v receiver....The sound that it creates is indescribable.....Awesome job Yamaha

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                What's Not To Like..

                By Crzy_88

                from CA

                About Me Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use
                • Great sound
                • Low Power Consumption
                • Quality Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Upgrade

                  Comments about Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black):

                  Easily hooked up to TV, Bluray, Apple TV...!!!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Amazing audio and easy set-up

                  By Elio

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Low Power Consumption
                  • Quality Construction
                  • Sound Quality
                  • Video Processing

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Upgrade

                    Comments about Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black):

                    This receiver replaced my 11 year old Yamaha RX-Z1 Receiver. The sound quality of this beast is really great. Music and movies are equally well reproduced which is really hard for a receiver in this price range. YPAO is super easy to use and makes a huge difference in sound quality. I LOVE this receiver.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great sound

                    By Robert

                    from San Antonio, TX

                    About Me Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Dialog Lift Really Works
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Independent Channels
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Replacement
                      • Total Home Entertainment
                      • Upgrade

                      Comments about Yamaha RX-A2020BL A/V Receiver (Black):

                      Great sounds. works well with TV and high-def audio sources.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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