Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2A 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver with MusicCast

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Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2A 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver with MusicCast
Key Features
  • Up to 100W per Channel at 8 Ohms
  • YPAO RSC Multipoint Sound Calibration
  • 4K UHD Pass-Through
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG Pass-Through
Enjoy immersive multi-channel sound with the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2A 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver. It delivers up to 100W of power per channel at 8 Ohms and features Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatibility for object-based audio support. Built-in Bluetooth and AirPlay 2 support allows the receiver to wirelessly stream music from compatible sources, such as smartphones and tablets, while Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer helps to deliver optimized sound quality.
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Yamaha RX-A2ABL Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • 3Anti-Resonance Technology Wedge
  • 4CINEMA DSP 3D
  • 5Dolby Vision, HLG, and BT.2020 Support; HDR10+ via Future Firmware Update
  • 6Control via the MusicCast App
  • 7Voice Control with Amazon Alexa and MusicCast
  • 8AV Setup Guide App
  • 9Wireless Surround Speakers via MusicCast Surround with Optional Equipment
  • 10YPAO RSC with Multipoint
  • 11ALLM, VRR, QFT, and QMS via Future Firmware Update
  • 12Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization via Future Firmware Update
  • 13Additional Features

Enjoy immersive multi-channel sound with the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2A 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver. It delivers up to 100W of power per channel at 8 Ohms and features Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatibility for object-based audio support. Built-in Bluetooth and AirPlay 2 support allows the receiver to wirelessly stream music from compatible sources, such as smartphones and tablets, while Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer helps to deliver optimized sound quality.

Onboard Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity allows the AVENTAGE RX-A2A to access music from your network or the internet. Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri compatibility enable you to control certain functions of the receiver with just your voice through your voice assistant-enabled devices. With seven HDMI inputs and one output, this receiver can act as a video switcher for your HD source components. It will pass through HDR 4K UHD signals for enhanced viewing of compatible content when paired with a compatible display. YPAO RSC multipoint sound optimization will calibrate the receiver to your speakers and room setup for a tailored listening experience.

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Dolby Atmos & DTS:X

These object-based sound technologies are designed to create realistic surround sound, positioning and moving individual sounds to nearly any virtual point in your room, including overhead.

Anti-Resonance Technology Wedge

The Anti-Resonance Technology Wedge is a fifth foot in the center of the receiver. It is engineered to dampen vibrations from the power transformer, power transistors, and heat sinks, as well as vibrations that might be caused by the sound from the speakers.

CINEMA DSP 3D

This sound field creation technology is designed to effectively reproduce the spaces of concert halls and music clubs in your home for a more realistic soundstage.

Dolby Vision, HLG, and BT.2020 Support; HDR10+ via Future Firmware Update

Dolby Vision, HLG, and BT.2020 provide deeper contrast and more vibrant images that stay true to the creator's intent when paired with compatible content and displays. HDR10+ support is scheduled to be added via a future firmware update.

Control via the MusicCast App

The free MusicCast app puts control of the receiver into the palm of your hand. Access your sources and streaming services, adjust volume and sound settings, and link with other MusicCast devices for simultaneous playback throughout your home.

Voice Control with Amazon Alexa and MusicCast

With Alexa voice control integration, all you have to do is ask. Use any Alexa-enabled device, such as your Echo or Echo Dot, to control either the receiver by itself or multiple MusicCast devices throughout your home.

AV Setup Guide App

This app provides guidance through installation, cable connections, and various other settings, and includes web setup for custom integration.

Wireless Surround Speakers via MusicCast Surround with Optional Equipment

Combine the receiver with optional MusicCast wireless speakers and enjoy the convenience of a home theater with wireless surround speakers in a 5.1-channel setup.

YPAO RSC with Multipoint

YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer) analyzes the room acoustics with the included microphone to tune your system for optimal sound in your room. It uses precision EQ calculation to help achieve natural room acoustics. RSC (Reflected Sound Control) is used to further optimize sound parameters for enhanced performance from CINEMA DSP, Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X.

ALLM, VRR, QFT, and QMS via Future Firmware Update

These gaming and multimedia features help provide more seamless motion and transitions for enhanced overall performance. Support for these on three HDMI inputs, allowing simultaneous connection of multiple next-generation consoles, is scheduled to be added via a future firmware update.

Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization via Future Firmware Update

This virtual surround sound technology simulates the effect of height speakers to create the Dolby Atmos experience with only forward-facing drivers. This feature is a planned addition via a future firmware update.

Additional Features

  • Supports end-to-end 4K UHD resolution and higher refresh rates for a smoother, more realistic viewing experience; 8K60B and 4K120AB support is scheduled to be added via a future firmware update
  • High slew rate design
  • Compressed Music Enhancer
  • MusicCast multiroom audio
  • Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, and Spotify Connect
  • Streaming services, including Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, TIDAL, Deezer, Qobux, Napster, and SiriusXM
  • Zone 2
  • Phono input
  • Auto Power Standby
  • ECO Mode
UPC: 027108959092

Yamaha RX-A2ABL 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:X
Dolby CompatibilityDolby Atmos
Auro 3D SupportNo
Upmixing TechnologyDTS Neural:X, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology
Video
HDR CompatibilityHDR10, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log Gamma
Pass-Through Support4K60p
UpscalingNone
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
1 x Stereo RCA Pre-Out
Front I/O1 x 1/4" / 6.35 mm Headphone Output
1 x USB Type-A Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Setup Mic Input
Other Rear I/O1 x RJ45 (Ethernet)
2 x Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Antenna Terminal
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm (IR) Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm (IR) Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm (12 V Trigger) Output
1 x AM Antenna Terminal Input
1 x FM Antenna Terminal Input
Speaker Connectors9 x Binding Post Pairs
HDCP SupportVersion 2.3
HDMI Compression ModesNot Specified by Manufacturer
Audio Return Channel (ARC)eARC
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, Apple Siri, 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 14.6" / 435.0 x 245.0 x 372.0 mm (Antenna Up)
17.1 x 6.7 x 14.6" / 435.0 x 171.0 x 372.0 mm (Antenna Down)
Weight22.5 lb / 10.2 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight26.315 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)20.8 x 17.8 x 10.7"

Yamaha RX-A2ABL Reviews

BandH scores another home run!

By Dominick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-23

I have been a client of B and H for many, and have always had wonderful and informed and professional service.I just bought a Yamaha receiver, and through your professional guidance... it was once again, a satisfying and professional experience . Dominick Bluni

Not perfect, but good value for money

By Randy
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-21

Yamaha generally makes A/V receivers that deliver great sound and video. The RX-A2A is no exception, with some caveats. Residing in Yamaha's audiophile Aventage model line one would expect that its back panel connections should support high-end gear. With all video inputs limited to HDMI connections, there is a lot of open space on the back of this receiver. So why did Yamaha cram all of the ridiculously small speaker connections so close together? If you have large gauge speaker cables you're going to have trouble unless they terminate with a banana connector. Spade connectors, or bare wire? Forget it. I had to replace my speaker cables in order to hook them up. Set-up is reasonably easy as it is with most Yamaha gear and their room equalization procedure is as simple as it gets. The firmware however leaves a bit to be desired. I've twice had the receiver fail to deliver audio or video. Once was after a power outage and the other was weirdly when powering up the receiver via one of its Scene buttons, which is user-assignable to an input and program. The solution to the first required unplugging the unit entirely and the second just powering it off and on. I've also had the RX-A2A change inputs on its own, switching from satellite TV (Scene 1) to TV, which on my receiver has nothing plugged into it. Perhaps a future firmware update with address some of these issues. At about $800, the RX-A2A provides plenty of bang for the buck and is supposedly ready via update for the future 8K video standard. If you can live with its quirks it should not disappoint.

It Plays Music, But Lacks So Much

By Douglas
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-30

I bought the Yamaha RX-A2ABL to replace a 20 year old Onkyo receiver that finally quit working because of lightning. I never used the Onkyo as a video switch, but did use it for surround sound and regular two channel stereo listening. The Yamaha RX-A2ABL wasn't my first choice of replacement units. The problem is there are so few receivers available on account of the pandemic. It took me months of being on e-mail notification just to be able to acquire this one. There are some good points about the RX-A2ABL. There are two line-level outputs for subwoofers. The RX-A2ABL has a decent remote control. For a 100 watt per channel receiver, this is far less heavy and bulkier than the Onkyo it replaced. There is one digital coaxial input, and one fiber optic digital input, each with its own audio input on menu. And besides line level stereo input, the RX-A2ABL also supports Bluetooth and AirPlay (uncompressed). The Bluetooth and AirPlay modes work well. There are two Wi-fi antennas on the rear and the RX-A2ABL easily connected to my home's wireless network. Using the remote control and a connected TV, you can adjust various channel and surround modes, and speaker settings. There is also a built-in equalizer but I never use it. There are built-in clients for several pay subscriptions, and a selection for numerous free Internet radio stations. I tried the client for SiriusXM and that does work with some drawbacks (more on that later). There are multiple HDMI inputs and it has a single HDMI output. There is also an AM and FM radio mode. The FM works reasonably well, even with the small antenna supplied. There are no FM HD stations in my immediate area so I don’t know if the FM handles that. The built-in Wi-Fi support allows the RX-A2ABL to link to both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless. The RX-A2ABL has a built-in firmware update that will update the receiver's functions, once you get the unit connected to your home's network. Now for the list of stuff that is less than desirable. First is all the blank display space on the front. In reality, the RX-A2ABL has a small LCD display in the upper right. The rest of the front is empty. There is a wealth of valuable information that could be displayed, but the RX-A2ABL strives for a minimalist display. Another drawback is using the built-in SiriusXM player. I have very good wireless coverage in my house, and excellent Internet. The RX-A2ABL is only six feet away from my router. While trying to play the SiriusXM mode, the network connectivity became so poor that SiriusXM dropped back to a really low bitrate mode, and sounded terrible. But I listen to SiriusXM on my desktop PC and laptop all the time. To be sure it wasn't my home network, I started playing SiriusXM from a laptop, and then directed that over a Bluetooth connection to the RX-A2ABL. That process all worked fine and without interruption. One final comment is the built-in AM/FM radio. As I mentioned, the FM does seem to work reasonably well, even with the small antenna they ship with it. But using the included AM radio loop, the RX-A2ABL was only able to receive one local station. I have a Grundig portable radio receiver and even without an external antenna, the Grundig is capable of receiving numerous stations. I mention this because there may be people that depend on AM radio at times, and those people will be nearly out of luck with the RX-A2ABL. In closing, the RX-A2ABL is a 100 watt receiver that supports surround sound. Presumably it can act as an HDMI switcher, allowing numerous HDMI sources to be routed to a TV. Some of the functionality can be handled by the provided remote control. But be assured that for full navigation and access to features of the built-in apps, you must have an Android device, or an iOS (Apple) device. I would have preferred the settings for the various channels be handled with a built-in display rather than requiring a TV. I get the impression that AM and FM radio were not that important, and as such the AM is useless. If you are not comfortable with pairing apps on an Android or Apple device to garner full product support, you will not be comfortable with the RX-A2ABL as I found using an Android phone the way to do part of the setup. And you need an Android or iOS device to navigate the various Internet radio clients. In short, if these were normal times this unit would be sent back and I would invest in something more worthwhile. This was not my first choice of receiver, but was the only thing that became available. I would not recommend this model to a friend.

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