Yamaha’s third generation of its premium ‘Aventage’ range is here. Now consisting of five models, the RX-A1020 is right in the middle, but shares some of the higher end features.
For example, it has the ‘Anti-resonance wedge’ — a fifth foot right in the middle of the base plate. It also has eight HDMI inputs with two HDMI outputs. Unlike the higher two models, though, it has seven rather than nine amplifiers. Highly configurable (including the ability to drive a pair of ‘Zone 2’ speakers), each of these is rated at 110W into 8 ohms, full audible spectrum, distortion at 0.06%, two channels driven.
This being Yamaha, it does not implement Dolby Pro Logic IIz — which adds front height channels — but instead has its own high quality processing modes which use similarly placed front ‘Presence’ speakers. In addition to the support for audio in a second zone, you can also deliver analogue video in the form of composite, S-Video or component video.
The unit has full 7.1-channel analogue inputs and full 7.1-channel analogue outputs (the subwoofer socket is also doubled up, but the signal is the same for both). In addition to composite and component video, it also supports S-Video, an increasingly rare inclusion these days. Plus it comes with a built-in phono preamplifier (for moving magnet cartridges). Obviously it has network capabilities with an Ethernet port, but it is also supplied with a Wi-Fi adaptor, freeing you from the necessity of having a nearby connection to your home network (if you have Wi-Fi, of course).
Thank you for searching out Sound+Image Magazine’s equipment review of the Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 originally published in Sound+Image September / October 2012.
This equipment review is available as a low-resolution pdf version of the original magazine pages - it looks nicer than us throwing a load of words up the screen here.
You can download it here: Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 Review.pdf