Yamaha Aventage RX-A2070 A/V Receiver Review Test Bench

Test Bench


This graph shows that the RX-A2070’s left channel, from Audio1 input to speaker output with two channels driving 8-ohm loads. Measurements for THD+noise, crosstalk, signal-to-noise ratio, and analog/digital frequency response were all within expected performance parameters. Full details available at soundandvision.com.—MJP



kickerofelves's picture

Why no discussion of reliability in these receiver reviews? There's information out there in industry publications and reliability studies you but the public doesn't generally have access to.

We spend thousands of dollars on these things. Onky and Integra, plus Denon, Marantz and Pioneer experience high HDMI issue failure rates. NOT ONE SENTENCE FROM YOU PEOPLE ON THIS. You pimp this stuff, we read it without knowing underlying issues that you--Sound and Vision and other media--most certainly have information about. Frankly you people are complicit at this point along with those companies manufacturing shoddier equipment.

For the record Yamaha's build quality is supposed to be quite good, one reason I've now switched to them. Not a word of advice from you, the very people we rely on for reviews and input.

kickerofelves's picture

I would add I got the information about Yamaha build quality not from you at S&V where I should have gotten it, but from installers. FFS people help consumers out.

prerich45's picture

I've owned three Yamaha's....every single one of them have been solid concerning the HDMI boards!!!! The 663, a 700 series and a RX-A3020!!! Never any problem with them at all!!!!! I owned an Onkyo that I had to have sent back for an HDMI problem. I'm trying Denon (because I got 11.2 processing at a cheaper price than Yamaha) to see how it goes - so far so good.

ihopnavajo's picture

If you want input on reliability, go to user reviews. An electronic device could have a 50% failure rate, but a reviewer who only has the device on hand for a month or two could experience no problems whatsoever.

kickerofelves's picture

There's industry data that shows repair rates or something similar. I knew the name of the damn org but can't remember for the life of me.

Deus02's picture

Over the last several years I continued to purchase Yamaha products because I liked the design and their DSP, especially related to their movie theater programs which gives a very realistic illusion of space in one's listening environment as opposed to just having a bunch of reverb. My most current piece(2014)is the CX-A5000 which was Yamaha's long awaited introduction back into the Pre_pro market. I have it in a 9.2 configuration connected to a couple of "Outlaw" multi-channel amps and the sound quality is excellent. Things can change, however, at one point between my Yamaha purchases, I purchased a Marantz mid-range AVR and had HDMI connectivity issues with it, while never having the issue with any of the Yamaha units(THREE) I purchased over the years. I will eventually replace it(CX-A5000), however, I don't plan on doing it until the HDMI 2.1 config. becomes standard on all these units.

Incidentally, I own a Yamaha RX V-1 their flagship AVR from 2001 that is still sounding great 17 years later in a separate stereo system with an internet radio tuner connected. The only problem I have ever experienced with it during that time was a failure of one of the DACs that I replaced a few years ago. Never any problems with it otherwise. One thing I have always longed for is the color, my RX-V1 is in champagne which makes it look like a real audiophile piece of equipment and rather quite different looking from the basic black. I am getting somewhat tired of the "black only" option in this stuff.

For the record, another reason I gravitated to the Yamaha? Warranty.
The Aventage series is FOUR years and unless it has recently changed, all the other mainstream manufacturers, i.e Denon, Onkyo, Pioneer etc. is THREE years max.

drny's picture

I've owned Yamaha receivers for over fifteen years.
Their strong suit is great audio processing, be it Video format surround sound (Now Dolby Atmos and DTS-X) or their great DSP modes.
Their weakness is that shared with most receivers, that is to say their Amps are good but not great.
If you are into Dynamic music and/or Movies, how loud and how long can you go is risky. Even in a very well ventilated set up, if you are using only one receiver to push more than seven channels clipping or outright shutdown is possible with most receivers if pushed hard.
Again, I own and enjoy Yamaha Advantage line of receivers, but I recommend augmentation, or load sharing with an additional stereo when loading more than seven channels. Specially if you have a midsize to large listening room or dedicated Home Theater, and/or if you are accustomed to higher listening volume levels.
My system is 5.1.2 and I use a separate stereo receiver for my Atmos height channels.
I, also recommend that those in the market for an A/V wait until HDMI 2.1 inputs and HDbase-T is added.
These features will likely become prevalent on higher end A/V by the end of 2018 or early 2019.
Otherwise your high dollar investment will be obsolete by 2020.

PunchyRedcrown's picture

I think this review is pretty useless and seems to follow a standard S&V template. It's way too much in the weeds in describing features, which could almost be addressed in bullet points in the bottom of the last page. If it's so good from a sound standpoint, put it through its paces by testing it with a lot of diverse material and compare it known heavy weights like Anthem A/V receivers or something. YPAO is probably the worst on the market- really? You guys make statements like, "I never heard anything but excellent sound, regardless of mode, from Yamaha’s RX-A2070, and that alone is enough to garner a musthear recommendation." Ok... Where's your support and specific examples? What is "excellent" sound? If it's truly a reference piece, I would expect to read "outstanding" vs. "excellent." Excellent is probably run of the mill at this price point. Sorry but this isn't worth the paper it's written on.

NewYorkStories's picture

I have to agree with Punchy...I would have appreciated hearing how the Yamaha performance compared to its high end brethren, like the Marantz, Anthem, Integra (and perhaps Sony ES?). Maybe S&V could do a "high/upper end receiver shoot out" . .I would also very much like to know if there was a discernible difference if one used the preouts to add a good value amp (say an Odyssey or Emotiva).

PunchyRedcrown's picture

Which one would you buy- this or the Anthem 510? All I need is 5.1. I guess it boils down to the question of does the difference in sound quality (and cleaner Anthem signal) make up for not being able to stream. I heard the Aventage 1070 through B&W floorstands and it sounded pretty darn good, so I can only imagine how the 2070 sounds.

hk2000's picture

Yamaha maybe good sounding as a stereo receiver, but looking at the test results for seven channels driven, you can see it doesn't have the robust power section that Onkyo/Integra and Denons have- especially for flagship or upper class models.