Network & Tuner Functions
Aventage Series: The Aventage line of Yamaha AV receivers is
based on the audio design concept of providing a massive, full-bodied sound for
movie sound effects and the accurate reproduction of music sources. By expertly
harmonizing traditional and advanced technologies, every factor that affects
sound quality, from materials & parts construction to circuitry layout,
vibration damping, and "fine-tuning" the sound, is handled with no other thought
than to achieve the best possible audio quality. As a result, every Aventage
receiver has the ability to reproduce the most subtle details of high-definition
sound, so that listeners can enjoy a truly high-class sound studio experience at
- Aluminum Front Panel: The aluminum front panel is used
to effectively shield sensitive circuitry from external noise and electronic
energy generated by dimmer switches, fluorescent lighting, video monitors
and so on. This ensures optimum sonic performance in the widest range of
- Double Bottom Construction: An additional bottom cover
is added for additional support and to improve sound performance at higher
volume levels and also support the power transformer and heat sinks.
- A.R.T.: The A.R.T. (Anti-Resonance Technology) Wedge
5th foot is in the center of the unit. It dampens vibrations from the power
transformer, power transistors and heat sinks, as well as vibrations that
might be caused by the sound from the speakers. A.R.T. Wedge 5th foot helps
ensure that vibrations do not affect the sound quality.
- Symmetrical Power Amplifier Layout: The interior of the
unit has been precisely planned, circuit-routed and built so that the left &
right channels are physically and electrically isolated. This naturally
maximizes channel separation, but also greatly improves signal to noise
ratio and helps to achieve a wide, open sound stage.
- Hybrid Power Supply: Independent power supplies for the
digital and analog circuit, resulting in less power consumption in the
standby mode, and a more efficient power transformer.
Wide-range Frequency Response: The receiver's wide-range
frequency response, 10Hz to 100kHz, allows you to enjoy the full fidelity of
DVD-Audio and Super-Audio CD players.
192kHz/24-bit Burr Brown DACs: The Yamaha RX-A1020 uses high quality, audio-grade
Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels to maximize
Low-Jitter PLL Circuitry: The Yamaha AV receiver utilizes low-jitter
PLL circuitry to help optimize sound imaging. The result is a more dynamic sound
with greater detail and less distortion.
7.2ch AV Receiver: The Yamaha RX-A1020 AV Receiver is
equipped with a 7-channel amplifier rated at 110 watts (into 8-ohms, at 20-20khz,
with 0.06% THD, driving 2 channels) which provides high dynamic power with
low-impedance drive capability. The RX-A1020 also includes dual LFE
(mono-subwoofer) outputs for connecting a powered sub.
Power Amp Assign: The built-in seven channel amplifier can
be programmed to power various speaker configurations.
- 7ch Normal: Seven speakers are
powered in the main room - Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, and Surround Back L/R (or
Front Presence L/R). The receiver will automatically switch power between
the Surround Back and Front Presence speakers.
- 7ch+1Zone: Seven speakers in the main room (front,
center, surround, and surround back) and two speakers in a second zone are
connected to the receiver; when the second zone is turned on, the surround
back speakers turn off.
- 5ch Bi-amp: Five speakers are powered in the main room
(Front L/R, center, and Surround L/R) with the surround back amplifier
channels reassigned to bi-amp the front speakers.
- 5ch Bi-amp+SB: The receiver powers five speakers in the
main room (front, center, and surround) with the surround back amplifier
channels used to bi-amp the front speakers. Using the receiver's
multichannel preamp outputs, the surround back speakers are powered by an
Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding post terminals
for the Front, Center, Surround, Surround
Back, and Zone 2/F. Presence/Bi-Amp/Extra speaker terminals. The binding posts
can accept bare wire, pin connectors, and single banana plugs. These terminals
are spaced too far apart for dual banana plugs and a collar surrounding them
prevents the use of spade connectors.
Note: You can select 8 ohms or 6 ohms in the
menu depending on your speaker application. The amplifier supports 4- to 8-ohm
Front speakers; and 6- to 8-ohm Center, Surround, Surround Back, Zone 2/F.
Bi-Amp Speaker Connections: This receiver allows you to
reassign the surround back amplifier channels to make bi-amp connections
(compatible speakers required). A bi-amplification connection uses two
amplifiers for one speaker. One amplifier is connected to the woofer section of
a loudspeaker while the other is connected to the combined midrange and tweeter
section. With this arrangement each amplifier operates over a limited frequency
range, making its job easier.
Presence Speakers: One pair of speaker terminals (Zone
2/F. Presence/Bi-Amp/Extra Speakers) can be used for Front Presence speakers, driving a pair of
speakers in a second zone, or bi-amping the front speakers. The Presence speakers supplement the sound from the
front speakers with extra ambient effects produced by Cinema DSP. These effects
include sounds that the filmmakers intended to locate a little farther back
behind the screen in order to create more theater-like ambience. The Presence
speakers should be placed at the front of the room 1-3' outside of the front
speakers and at least 6' off the floor. When the Presence speakers are engaged,
the surround back speakers are disabled.
YPAO R.S.C. (Reflect Sound Control): YPAO-R.S.C. analyzes room
acoustics and measures various speaker characteristics, then calibrates audio
parameters to achieve optimum sound. It employs Reflected Sound Control to
correct early reflections for studio-quality sound. It also provides DSP Effect
Normalization, which varies the CINEMA DSP parameters according to the reflected
sounds. Yamaha's YPAO-R.S.C. system uses a small microphone and sophisticated
equalization to automatically set the best sound for any room, no matter where
the speakers are. First it checks the speaker connections and phase of each
speaker. Then it sends out tones which are captured by the microphone to analyze
the room acoustics and sets a variety of parameters; such as the speaker size,
the distance of the speakers, and even the volume level; until it achieves the
best sound conditions for your room. Using the supplied Optimizer Microphone,
YPAO performs the following checks and makes appropriate adjustments to give you
the best possible sound from your system:
- Speaker Wiring: Checks which speakers are connected and
the polarity of each.
- Speaker Size: Checks the frequency response of each
speaker and sets the appropriate crossover frequency for each channel.
- Speaker Distance: Checks the distance of each speaker
from the listening position and adjusts the delay of each channel.
- EQ: Each channel has a parametric equalizer; choose one
of three target settings before running the setup.
- Natural: adjusts all speaker to a natural sound;
useful when the flat setting sounds too bright
- Flat: use when all the speakers in the system have
similar sound characteristics
- Front: EQs the center and rear speakers to sound
like the front; useful when your front speakers are better than the
others in the system
- Volume Level: Checks and adjusts the volume level of
Note: You can also choose to manually adjust the AV
receiver's speaker settings.
Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Yamaha RX-A1020 supports
the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic) decoding
- Dolby Digital:
Dolby, Digital EX,
Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
DTS-HD High Resolution,
DTS Neo: 6
- Dolby Pro Logic:
Dolby Pro Logic II,
Dolby Pro Logic IIx
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be
selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V receiver via a digital
audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby
Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the receiver must be connected to
your Blu-ray player via HDMI.
Surround Parameters: The Yamaha A/V receivers offers the
following Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS NEO:6 audio adjustments.
- Dolby Pro Logic II Settings: You can adjust the following
parameters in Pro Logic II Music modes:
- Panorama: sends stereo signals to the surround
speakers as well as the front speakers for a wraparound effect
- Dimension: adjusts the soundfield either towards
the front or towards the rear of the room
- Center Width: moves the center channel output
completely towards the center speaker or towards the front left and
- Center Image (DTS NEO: 6 Music): This parameter adjusts the
front left and right channel output relative to the center channel to make the
center channel more or less dominant as necessary.
CINEMA DSP Soundfields: Conventional multichannel audio
reproduction systems base their sound on Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, using
matrix and steering technologies to create surround sound effects. Yamaha CINEMA
DSP is much more advanced, actually creating richly realized independent
soundfields that envelop you in an unmatched surround sound experience. With
dialogue, music and effects ideally located in these separate soundfields, you
will hear sound with accurate placement, smooth movement, exceptional clarity
and richness, and realistic presence. It will seem as if the walls of your room
have disappeared and you are in the middle of your own immense theater. The AV
receiver offers 23 CINEMA DSP programs for movies, music, and games.
- Movie Soundfields:
Standard, Spectacle, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, Mono Movie
- Entertainment Soundfields:
Sports, Action Game, Role Playing Game,
Music Video, Recital/Opera
- Music Soundfields:
Hall Munich, Hall in Vienna, Hall in Amsterdam, Church in Freiburg, Church
in Royaumont, Chamber, Village Vanguard, Warehouse Loft, Cellar club, The
Roxy Theater, The Bottom Line, 7ch Stereo
CINEMA DSP Parameters: You can adjust the following parameters
of the Cinema DSP modes.
- DSP Level: You can change the receiver's CINEMA DSP
effect level (level of the soundfield effect to be added). You can adjust
the level of the soundfield effect from -6 dB to +3 dB.
- Delay: Adjusts the delay between the direct sound and
the presence soundfield (1-99ms), surround soundfield (1-49ms), and surround
back soundfield (1-49ms).
- Room Size: Adjusts the broadening effect (0.1-2.0) of
the presence soundfield, surround soundfield, and the surround back sound
- Liveness: Adjusts the loss (0-10) of the presence
soundfield, surround back soundfield, and surround back soundfield.
- Reverb: Adjusts the delay time of the rear reverberant
sound (1.0-5.0s), the delay between the direct sound and rear reverberant
sound (0-250ms), and the volume of the reverberant sound (0-100%).
CINEMA DSP Modes: The Yamaha RX-A1020 A/V receiver offers
three proprietary Yamaha CINEMA modes so you can enjoy your movies and music
even more in your home; regardless if you are using Presence Speakers, only have
a two-channel speaker system, or listening through headphones.
- CINEMA DSP 3D: The actually measured soundfield data in
recorded soundtracks contain the information of the height of the sound images.
CINEMA DSP 3D mode achieves the reproduction of the accurate height of theses
sound images so that it can create the accurate and intensive stereoscopic
soundfield in your listening room. CINEMA DSP 3D does this by using the
receiver's Presence (height) Speakers.
- Virtual CINEMA DSP: Virtual CINEMA DSP is an algorithm that allows
you to enjoy DSP soundfield surround effects while using a minimal two-speaker system.
Virtual CINEMA DSP lets you enjoy the effects of CINEMA DSP surround sound
without using surround speakers (handy for use in custom installations where
some rooms don't have surround speakers). It can be used with the
front/center/presence speakers or even with just the two front left and
right speakers. This unit will switch to virtual CINEMA DSP mode automatically when surround
speakers are unavailable.
- SILENT CINEMA: SILENT CINEMA makes it possible to hear
large-scale surround sound through ordinary headphones. This is a variation
of CINEMA DSP technology that Yamaha developed to let you listen in private
to movies and other multi-channel sources for hours without listening
Virtual Presence Speaker: Virtual Presence Speaker mode
provides the 3D sound effect without actual front presence speakers. It creates
virtual presence speakers from the receiver's front speakers, center speakers,
and surround speakers, which brings you into a stereoscopic soundfield.
HiFi Sound Modes: The Yamaha RX-A1020 offers to HiFi audio
modes which bypass the receiver's tone & DSP processing for higher sound quality
- Straight: 2-channel stereo sources are output from only
the front left and right speakers, while multi-channel sources are decoded
straight into the appropriate channels without any additional tone or DSP
- Pure Direct: Turns off the surround and tone circuitry,
and dims the front-panel display, allowing sources to bypass the decoders
and DSP processors of this unit so you can enjoy pure hi-fi sound from
2-channel analog sources. During Direct playback no sound is output from the
Bass Management: The Yamaha RX-A1020 A/V receiver provides
the following Bass Management settings.
- Bass & Treble: You can adjust the balance
of the high-frequency range (Treble) and low-frequency range (Bass) of sounds
output from the receiver' front left and right speakers to obtain a desired
tone. You can independently adjust the bass (50Hz)
and treble (20kHz) from -6dB to +6dB in 0.5 dB increments. The tone control of the
speakers or headphones can be set separately.
- Extra Bass: You can select whether to play front channel
low-frequencies through either of the front speaker or the subwoofer, or through
both the subwoofer and front speakers.
- Subwoofer Trim: The Subwoofer Trim control enhances the low
frequencies by avoiding overlap with the front speaker output. This will result
in a cleaner, more focused sound stage while providing a seamless frequency
response. When subwoofer frequency overlap occurs in conventional systems, the
overall sound is "pushed" toward the subwoofer. Subwoofer Trim takes care of
this by separating the low subwoofer frequencies cleanly, thus stabilizing the
front stage while providing a well-balanced enhanced bass sound.
Compressed Music Enhancer: Yamaha employs sophisticated
digital signal processing with exclusive algorithms to enable playback that
improves the performance of compressed music formats, including MP3, WMA, and
AAC. With the Compressed Music Enhancer, highs and especially lows are richer
and smoother, bringing music back to life to be as close to the original as
Dialogue Lift & Level Adjustment: Dialogue Lift raises the sound of
dialogue from the center speaker to a position in the center of the screen.
Newly developed virtual dialogue lift achieves dialogue lift function even
without the need for presence speakers. Dialogue Level Adjustment lets you
control the volume of the vocal sound, so you hear movie dialogue and music
vocals at the ideal level for clear, comfortable listening.
Adaptive DRC: Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)
the dynamic range in relation to the volume, useful at low volume. The amount of dynamic range compression applied
to bitstream signals is adjustable; Min/Auto is suitable for low volume listening,
Standard is typical for home use, and Max doesn't compress the dynamic range at all.
Volume Adjustments: The Yamaha RX-A1020 allows you to
customize the receiver's volume levels.
- Max Volume Adjustment: Use this feature to set the
receiver's maximum volume level. This feature is useful to avoid turning the
volume too loud by mistake. You can set the Max Volume from -30 dB to +15 dB in
5 dB steps, or to +16.5 dB (full volume range is -80 dB to +16.5 dB).
- Initial Volume Setting: Use this feature to set the volume
level when the power is turned on. You can choose between Off (same as the
volume when the unit was turned off), Mute, and -80 dB to + 16.5 dB in
increments of 0.5 dB.
- Volume Trim: Use this feature to adjust the volume level of
each input. This is useful to balance the level of each input to avoid sudden
changes in volume when switching between input sources. The range is from -6 dB
to +6 dB in 0.5 dB increments.
Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Yamaha RX-A1020 offers a variety
of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.
- Digital Inputs/Output: The Yamaha AV receiver is equipped
with four optical digital inputs (3 rear/1 front), three coaxial digital inputs
(rear), and one optical digital output (rear).
- 7.1ch Analog Input: This unit has a discrete 7.1-channel
analog input for connecting DVD-Audio and Super-Audio CD players or an external
- 7.2ch Preamp Outputs: The A/V receiver features 7.2-channel
pre-amp outputs (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, and Dual
Subs) for connection to external power amplifiers.
- Phono Input: The Yamaha AV receiver is fitted with a Phono
input (MM), so you can connect your turntable and listen to your vinyl records
with high-quality sound
- Headphone Jack: The Yamaha RX-A1020 is equipped with a front-panel 1/4"
headphone jack for connecting a set of headphone, so you can listen to your
music privately. Connecting a set of headphones automatically mutes the
receiver's speaker outputs. Sound effects applied during playback can also
be heard through the headphones.
HDMI (v.1.4): 1080p HDMI (v.1.4) with 3D and Audio Return Channel (8 In/2 Out)
deliver crystal-clear, all-digital audio and video via a single cable. The two
HDMI outputs are parallel, so the same video signal is output through both and
can be used simultaneously. HDMI
dramatically simplifies cabling and helps provide you with the highest-quality
home theater experience. HDMI can provide an interface between most audio/video
sources, such as a set-top box, Blu-ray player, DVD player, or A/V receiver and
a video monitor, such as a High Definition Television (HDTV), over a single
cable. The AV receiver's HDMI jacks can be used for 2-channel and
multi-channel linear PCM (up to 8-channel) and Bitstream (Dolby Digital, DTS, etc)
digital audio formats. The HDMI 1.4 jacks also support 1080p and 4K video
signals; as well as Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v.Color,
24 Hz refresh rates, and auto Lip-Sync compensation.
4K Video Upscaling: The Yamaha RX-A1020 is capable of
outstanding upscaling and i/p conversion quality. This AV Receiver will upscale
video signals from analog-to-HDMI and HDMI-to-HDMI, up to 4K.
This means a much better picture with HDTVs capable of 1020p, 1080i, 1080p, or 4K
Edge Adaptive Deinterlacing: In ordinary deinterlacing, pixels in
areas of movement are interpolated by upper and lower ranges. This causes
jaggies in diagonal lines. Edge adaptive deinterlacing detects the direction of
the line and interpolates the pixels optimally.
3D Ready: The Yamaha RX-A1020 AV receiver supports 3D HDMI
pass-through from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast devices
to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be connected via HDMI). 3D
provides a more engaging audio and video consumer experience. Note that special
eyewear may be required for viewing 3D content
ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio