Yamaha RX-V6A 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver with MusicCast

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Yamaha RX-V6A 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver with MusicCast
Key Features
  • Up to 100W per Channel at 8 Ohms
  • YPAO Sound Customization
  • 4K UHD Upscaling & Pass-Through
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X Support
Enjoy 7.2-channel surround sound with your favorite speaker system and the Yamaha RX-V6A 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver. It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built-in for wireless connection to your compatible smart devices. Various streaming music services are built-in for convenient streaming. The receiver outputs up to 100W per channel at 8 Ohms and features YPAO sound customization to tailor the sound to your environment.
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Yamaha RX-V6A Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Dolby Atmos and, via Future Firmware Update, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
  • 3DTS:X & DTS Neural:X
  • 4CINEMA DSP 3D
  • 5Compressed Music Enhancer
  • 6HDR10 Support; HDR10+ via Future Firmware Update
  • 74K/60 Hz Pass-Through; 8K/60 Hz & 4K/120 Hz via Future Firmware Update
  • 8AV Setup Guide for Simple Initial Setup
  • 9MusicCast App for Easy Use
  • 10Voice Control via Alexa, the Google Assistant, and Siri
  • 11YPAO Sound Optimization with R.S.C. and Multi-Point
  • 12SCENE Buttons Let You Preset Songs, Stations, and More
  • 13Built-In Streaming Services
  • 14Multiroom Audio with MusicCast
  • 15AirPlay 2
  • 16eARC
  • 17Zone 2
  • 18Dedicated Phono Input
  • 19MusicCast Surround with Optional MusicCast Speakers
  • 20Enhanced Media and Gaming via a Future Firmware Update
  • 21Additional Features

Enjoy 7.2-channel surround sound with your favorite speaker system and the Yamaha RX-V6A 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver. It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built-in for wireless connection to your compatible smart devices. Various streaming music services are built-in for convenient streaming. The receiver outputs up to 100W per channel at 8 Ohms and features YPAO sound customization to tailor the sound to your environment.

In addition to its wireless compatibility, the RX-V6A has seven HDMI inputs and one output, which support 4K UHD resolution and HDR10 pass-through, and the output supports ARC and eARC. It also has a USB port on the front for firmware updates and playback of files stored on flash drives. You can control the receiver with your Amazon Alexa-, Google Assistant-, or Apple Siri-enabled products, via the MusicCast app, or with the included remote control.

Dolby Atmos and, via Future Firmware Update, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

Enjoy a 5.1-channel surround system and two additional overhead speakers or two Dolby Atmos elevation speakers for dramatic overhead effects and more immersive audio. For users without in-ceiling or upward-firing speakers, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization technology can simulate the Atmos experience. Configure up to five speakers to replicate the effect of two in-ceiling speakers, or use all seven channels to simulate the effects of four overhead speakers.

DTS:X & DTS Neural:X

The DTS:X audio format is designed to place sound where it would naturally occur in space to create lifelike, multidimensional audio. DTS Neural:X offers enhanced immersion and realism in all your favorite movies.

CINEMA DSP 3D

CINEMA DSP 3D is designed to combine measured sound field data with digital signal processing to simulate the acoustic effects of concert halls and music clubs from around the world.

Compressed Music Enhancer

This feature uses digital signal processing and algorithms to restore data lost in the compression process, so your audio will sound closer to the original recording.

HDR10 Support; HDR10+ via Future Firmware Update

The HDMI ports on this receiver support the pass-through of HDR10 signals, so you can enjoy the vibrant, lifelike color this HDR format has to offer. HDR10+ support is scheduled to be enabled via a future firmware update.

4K/60 Hz Pass-Through; 8K/60 Hz & 4K/120 Hz via Future Firmware Update

The RX-V6A supports end-to-end 4K/60 Hz pass-through, and support for 8K/60 Hz and 4K/120 Hz is scheduled to be enabled via a future firmware update.

AV Setup Guide for Simple Initial Setup

Use this app to receive expert setup assistance for the receiver and your source devices. It also guides you through various other settings, such as speaker connections, TV and source device connections, and power amplifier assignments.

MusicCast App for Easy Use

Use your smartphone or tablet together with the MusicCast app top operate the receiver and change its settings. The app offers the same functions as a remote control for all your MusicCast-compatible devices as well as full multi-room audio controls.

Voice Control via Alexa, the Google Assistant, and Siri

The receiver works with your Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri devices (via AirPlay 2) for simple smart home integration.

YPAO Sound Optimization with R.S.C. and Multi-Point

Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer is designed to analyze the room acoustics and your system, then adjust various audio parameters to provide the best sound for your room. R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control) analyzes room acoustics and measures various speaker characteristics, then calibrates audio parameters to achieve optimal sound at any of up to eight listening positions. Place the included microphone at your listening position, turn YPAO on, and the system calibrates itself.

SCENE Buttons Let You Preset Songs, Stations, and More

Program up to eight different preset scenarios using the four SCENE buttons. You can preset them for different inputs, a sound field program, Music Enhancer, HDMI output, and more. The inputs can be set to specific sources, such as an FM or internet radio station, a station on a streaming service, a USB device, or a song on your computer or NAS. Once you've set the buttons, just press one on the main unit or remote control to power on the receiver and hear what you're looking for. The buttons can be reset at any time.

Built-In Streaming Services

Synchronizing your playlists and tracks from your smartphone or computer to the receiver, music streaming services help make it easy to listen to your favorites or discover new music. Enjoy Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, SiriusXM, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster, and more.

Multiroom Audio with MusicCast

With optional compatible speakers, you can play your music throughout the house, including high-resolution formats like Apple Lossless (ALAC) up to 96 kHz, WAV, FLAC, and AIFF up to 192 kHz.

AirPlay 2

AirPlay 2 adds the ability to stream Apple Music and other compatible streaming services to multiple MusicCast devices throughout your home. Control it from your iPhone or iPad, link it with a HomePod, or use voice control and ask Siri for what you want.

eARC

eARC (Enhanced Audio Return channel) delivers full-resolution, multichannel audio formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD through your existing HDMI connection from your compatible display to provide a realistic surround sound experience.

Zone 2

With Zone 2-compatible speaker terminals, the RX-V6A can send an A/V source from the main room to a second room for playback. This can be used to have one source play in both rooms or for playback of two different sources.

Dedicated Phono Input

The dedicated phono input terminal lets you connect your turntable for playback of your vinyl collection.

MusicCast Surround with Optional MusicCast Speakers

Add your MusicCast 50 or two MusicCast 20 wireless speakers to enjoy MusicCast Surround, creating a 5.1-channel home theater with wireless surround sound that provides realistic sound with a clean, clutter-free setup.

Enhanced Media and Gaming via a Future Firmware Update

ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) enables the ideal latency setting to automatically be set to provide smooth, lag-free, uninterrupted viewing and interactivity. VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) reduces or eliminates lag, stutter, and frame tearing for more fluid and detailed gameplay. QMS (Quick Media Switching) eliminates the delay that can cause blank frames in movies and video before content is displayed. QFT (Quick Frame Transport) reduces latency for smoother, virtually no-lag gaming and real time interactive virtual reality. These features are scheduled to be enabled via a future firmware update.

Additional Features

  • High slew rate design
  • 17 DSP programs
  • Dialog Level Adjustment
  • Virtual Presence Speaker
  • Virtual Surround Back Speaker
  • Dialogue Lift
  • SILENT Cinema / Virtual Cinema DSP
  • Pure Direct
  • YPAO Volume
  • Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)
  • Initial Volume and Maximum Volume Setting
  • 0 to 500 ms audio delay
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Web Browser Control
  • Party Mode
  • Auto Power Standby
  • ECO Mode
UPC: 027108959009

Yamaha RX-V6A Specs

Amplifier
Channels7.2
Power Output per Channel2-Channel Driven:
100 W at 8 Ohms / 20 Hz to 20 kHz / 0.06% THD
Audio Processing
DTS CompatibilityDTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X
Dolby CompatibilityDolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD
Auro 3D SupportNo
Supported File Formats11.2 MHz DSD, AAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, MP3, WMA
DAC384 kHz / 32-Bit (BB PCM5102A)
Video
HDR CompatibilityHDR10
Pass-Through Support4K60p
Upscaling4K UHD
GUIYes
Connectivity
Rear A/V Inputs7 x HDMI
1 x Optical TOSLINK
1 x Digital Coaxial
3 x Stereo RCA
1 x Stereo RCA (Phono) with Ground Screw
Rear A/V Outputs1 x HDMI
2 x RCA Subwoofer Pre-Out
1 x Stereo RCA Zone 2 Pre-Out
1 x Stereo RCA Pre-Out
Front I/O1 x 1/4" / 6.35 mm Headphone Output
1 x USB Type-A
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Setup Mic Input
Other Rear I/O1 x RJ45 (Ethernet)
2 x Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Antenna Terminal Input
1 x FM Antenna Terminal Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm (12 V Trigger) Output
Speaker Connectors9 x Binding Post Pairs
HDCP SupportVersion 2.3
HDMI CECYes
Media Card SlotNone
A/B Speaker SelectionNo
Bi-Amp CapabilityYes
Wireless Connectivity
Supported Audio CodecsAAC, SBC
Wireless Audio ProtocolsAirPlay 2, MusicCast
Control
Virtual Assistant SupportAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Tuner Section
Tuner TypeAM, FM
Power
Power ConsumptionStandby: 0.1 W
Physical
Dimensions (W x H x D)17.1 x 9.6 x 14.9" / 43.4 x 24.4 x 37.8 cm (Antenna Up)
17.1 x 6.8 x 14.9" / 43.4 x 17.3 x 37.8 cm (Antenna Down)
Weight21.6 lb / 9.8 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight24.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)20.6 x 17.8 x 10.6"

Yamaha RX-V6A Reviews

Great receiver great app!

By Hans
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-23

Great receiver with multi-zones and great sound output. The receiver has a great control application called music cast that is intuitive and looks great. Recommend.

Worth the Wait

By Matthew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-20

Because I've only spent two weeks with my RX-V6A, this review will be more of an overview rather than a deep dive. I purchased it to replace my 15-year old Yamaha HTR-5860 because it lacked HDMI, ARC, Wi-Fi internet access, and other modern connectivity features. The RX-V6A is well-built, and the piano black finish on the front panel looks gorgeous. It will likely require more cleaning because it is a fingerprint magnet. Fortunately, the remote control will keep you from touching the receiver very often as it provides access to all the settings. Connecting my 4K Blu-ray player and 4K Apple TV was a breeze, but make sure you're using modern HDMI cables for feature compatibility. Connecting the speakers presented a problem for me because the terminal spacing on my former receiver allowed me to use dual-post banana connectors. In contrast, the RX-V6A connectors are spaced too far apart, requiring the use of single-post banana plugs like the Tera Grand plugs (BH item #TECONBANANAC). With my 7.1 speaker setup, it will cost $84.00 to replace all of my connectors. Since I didn't order any single-post plugs, I decided to screw the soldered wires into the terminals. I may upgrade the connectors later, but in my case, having to rework the speaker connections was a disappointment. When I finally started configuring the receiver, it was easy to get it on my Wi-Fi network because that procedure was the first step that automatically appeared on the screen. It connected to my iPhone (Androids might work the same way) and automatically configured the Wi-Fi connection. But it was clear that some of the other settings hadn't been added to the firmware when it left the factory. I performed the OTA (over the air) update to 1.23, and that provided all the settings I needed, save Dolby Atmos, promised in a future update. One thing that's still strange is that the Setup and Options menus cause the TV to completely blackout when I'm on the homepage of the Apple TV or when I'm playing YouTube content. They're only visible when other apps like Netflix and CBS are playing. Perhaps that's a setting on the TV or the receiver I haven't discovered yet. It's not a deal-breaker, but it's odd. Otherwise, the menus are laid out well and are easy to configure. It would be nice to have this corrected with a firmware update. Plugging in the YPAO microphone takes you to the acoustic setup menu. The process is simple, but the frequency sweeps will annoy your dogs. After the process was finished, I changed a few settings for my taste. For instance, I bumped up the subwoofer level because I like more low end. There's also a 7-band graphic equalizer to make custom tonal adjustments. I prefer Yamaha receivers for their sonic characteristics, and the RX-V6A doesn't disappoint. Dialogue seems a bit richer and more focused than my old receiver. Sharp, dynamic excursions from movies seem to be more acute and hit harder, too. All genres of music are sonically well represented. This receiver provides a fantastic listening experience. Overall, I'm thrilled with my purchase. I hope the Atmos update comes sooner than later. Pros: Great sound and connectivity, firmware upgradeable, easy acoustic configuration. Cons: Banana terminal spacing, menus don't always appear on specific video signals, no Dolby Atmos support...yet.

Solidly the worst Yamaha product I’ve ever owned

By Peter
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-17

After owning only Yamaha receivers for the last 20 years, and over 30 years of experience with them, this review does not come lightly - this is the worst Yamaha product I’ve ever used. First, the serious defects that make me wonder if they even tested it before releasing it. The ARC HDMI port is either entirely defective, or is entirely incompatible with the ARC port on my Samsung Series 6. Finally found a workaround, but talk about an obscure permutation to get there. The only way to summarize is: Can’t use ARC as ARC, and “Mode 2” ... cryptic, know, but no room for a white paper here. The next, “OMG, did they even test this?” item is the on screen menu system. Until you get the configuration right so it will display the menu, the constant flashing and glitching out makes it almost impossible to even see. After hours of this, I finally found that “Mode 2” seems to alleviate the flashing. And I won’t get into the click delays that make navigating the menu system agonizing. And from an audio tuning perspective, all of the audio controls are buried in that menu, so good luck tuning the sound so it’s to your taste. In addition, the Bluetooth pairing appears to be about a decade behind what I might call today’s standard. The process to do this with my iPhone XR was convoluted enough, it reminded me of the pairing process with the first BT device I ever used.  Finally, in part because the list of issues is so long, the MusicCast App is a complete flop. It’s a missed opportunity to avert this entire review. It doesn’t seem to do anything I would want it to - Like allow you to configure and tune your 2020 “future proof” receiver. In fact, I’m removing the app because I can’t tell that it does anything I would need, and really just cost me about 30 minutes of futzing only to realize it’s useless. So after hours of tribulations to get this very beautiful (yes, it’s pretty) receiver working, the question I have to ask is... Did they even test this product before releasing it? The Yamaha receiver it replaces in my house worked day in and out for over 18 years without skipping a beat. This one sounds almost identical, with a little more fun with the added channels and updated surround sound decoders, but holy smokes... the menu system, configuration, and compatibility with other devices is nothing shy of confounding. Still love Yamaha, but this one has me in a state of total dismay. And after about 6 hours of permutations to get it out of the “brick” state and into what appears to be “functioning”, I might just suggest that anyone considering this might wait for a firmware release or two before investing.

Works As Advertised

By Sean
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-18

This unit is replacing a 7 year old Pioneer that failed. Set up of these units always takes a little longer than expected because of the configuration options available, but once I got it going it's great. The sound quality is superb, as you would expect. What differentiates these units for me these days is the added features and connectivity. I love that I can stream Spotify direct to the unit and control by zone. I have WiFi control of the unit with dual zones, and can also stream direct via Bluetooth from my phone if needed. My WiFi coverage in my house is excellent, but range is better than expected for Bluetooth. Since all my devices are now newer, I can control them through HDMI using my TV remote. My equipment is hidden in a closet, but if you have to keep this one visible, it really is sleek and looks great.

Great sound, Bad App.

By Darwin
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-21

I’m pleased with the sound quality and the front interface, but the options to control this unit via app are basically non-existent. I had this item pre-ordered for months and am disappointed by its lack of clear instructions and the remote control function. The on-screen setting controls feel like they belong on a cheaper model, and the responses to user input feels slow. Again, it sounds great, but I can’t easily get to many of the settings because i cannot get the suggested app to function correctly. Fumbling around via arrow buttons on a cheap remote is disappointing. It’s probably a four-star item, but I’m salty because I waited so long for mediocrity.

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