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-A820BL 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-820 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, 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-820. 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-820 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.