Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1040

7.2-channel home theater receiver with Wi-Fi® and Apple® AirPlay®

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Raising the bar for home theater

Feature-packed receivers are wonderful. But attention to build quality and design can elevate a receiver's performance from good to great. That's the strength of Yamaha's AVENTAGE receivers like the RX-A1040. It offers sound quality that can coax refreshing levels of detail and punch out of your home theater speakers. Plus, there is no shortage of outstanding features: built-in Wi-Fi, online and digital music options, 4K video upscaling, app and web browser control, and multi-room audio and video capability all help you put this receiver's thoughtful design to good use.

Wi-Fi offers a wide range of wireless music options

If you've never connected a receiver to your wireless home network, you may not realize how much music you're missing out on. Built-in Wi-Fi makes the RX-A1040 a snap to integrate with your network. Once you're connected, you can listen to free Pandora® Internet radio as well as free radio streams from hundreds of stations around the world. If you're a subscriber to Spotify®, SiriusXM, or Rhapsody, you can enjoy their seemingly endless music choices. Got a computer or networked hard drive loaded with music? DLNA compatibility allows this receiver to tap into your collection wirelessly, so you never have to touch another CD again. Finally, if you're an Apple® user, AirPlay lets you listen wirelessly from your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, or a computer running iTunes®.

Audio and video in two rooms

One of the benefits of the 'A1040's seven-channel amplifier is powering speakers in multiple rooms. There are a total of nine speaker outputs on this receiver. That means you can connect a 7.2-channel system in your home theater and still have two more speaker outputs left over. The receiver can automatically reassign the back surround channels to Zone 2 speakers. The family can enjoy a movie in 5.1-channel surround sound in the home theater while you listen to your digital music library out on the deck. Plus, the second HDMI output can be independently selected for watching a different movie or show in two rooms simultaneously. This is perfect for adding a TV to a bedroom without having to rent another cable box or buy a second Blu-ray player.

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1040 with two-room video capability

Watch different movies or shows on different TVs simulatneously.

Built on sound principles

Excellent sound quality is the guiding principle behind Yamaha's AVENTAGE receivers. Low-jitter PLL circuitry reduces timing jitter from digital sources, for accurate playback and precise stereo imaging. The symmetrical power amp layout isolates the circuitry for the left and right channels, for a high signal-to-noise ratio and a wide soundstage for stereo music listening. The aluminum front panel, rigid chassis, and extra center foot on the receiver's base help to further eliminate unwanted resonance and distortion. And the audiophile-quality ESS Sabre digital-to-analog converters decode the latest audio formats while revealing more detail in music and movies soundtracks.

Don't forget about picture quality

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1040 with built-in Wi-Fi

Download Yamaha's free remote app on your smartphone or tablet for easy Wi-Fi control of the receiver.

Great sound is only part of the AVENTAGE RX-A1040's story. Video upconversion can take analog or HDMI-connected sources as high as 4K for display on Ultra HD TVs. If you haven't yet taken the 4K plunge, you can also choose upscaling to 1080p HD to make old DVDs glisten with new life on your TV. There's also an extra HDMI input on the front panel. Connect a camera or camcorder, or a smartphone or tablet with Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) compatibility. This allows you to share music, videos, or photos through your home theater with stunning picture quality and rich, full sound.

Easy control with your smartphone or tablet

What's the best way to control this receiver's many features? Download the free Yamaha AV Controller app to your smartphone or tablet. Available for Apple or Android™, the app offers easy touchscreen control of the receiver's most critical functions — from switching sources and controlling the volume, to multi-zone playback control and selecting an Internet radio station. You can also use your tablet or PC's web browser to control the player and change settings.


    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 110 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.06% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
    • video upconversion (up to 1080p and 4K) for analog and HDMI sources
    • YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer) automatic speaker calibration with Reflected Sound Control and Volume to deliver more accurate surround sound across different listening levels (microphone included)
    • Cinema DSP modes add richness and depth to music and movie soundtracks
    • Adaptive Dynamic Range Control limits the volume level on sound effects and commercials for more discreet late-night listening
    • Dialogue Lift and Level Adjustment for clearer, louder dialogue while watching movies and shows
    Digital and Streaming Music Options:
    • built-in Wi-Fi for listening to music from a networked PC, free Internet radio, and music services
      • Wireless Direct lets you stream music and control the player from a smartphone or tablet without a wireless home network
      • includes support for Pandora, Rhapsody, and vTuner (subscription required for some services)
      • Spotify Connect lets you play Spotify's streaming music library through the receiver via your smartphone or tablet (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription)
    • Apple AirPlay for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch® or computer running iTunes
    • HTC Connect™ for wireless music streaming from a compatible HTC smartphone
    • front-panel MHL-ready HDMI input for accessing content from select Android smartphones and tablets
    • front-panel USB input for connecting an iPod®, iPhone, iPad, or thumb drive
      • direct digital connection for iPod or iPhone bypasses the device's digital-to-analog converter for better sound
    • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
    • DLNA 1.5 certified for streaming music wirelessly from compatible computers and network-attached storage (NAS) drives
    • gapless playback of WAV, FLAC and ALAC files from USB thumb drives and networked computers
    Multi-room Audio/Video:
    • dual-room/dual-source output
      • powered stereo audio outputs for 2nd room (allows 5.2-channel sound in main room while in use)
      • Zone 2 HDMI output allows you to watch different video content simultaneously on two TVs
      • line-level 2nd-room outputs for use with a separate amplifier or powered speakers
      • Intelligent Amp Assign automatically redirects surround back channels in Main zone to Zone 2 speakers when Zone 2 is powered on
      • optical and coaxial digital audio sources cannot be output to Zone 2
    Audio Performance Features:
    • 24-bit/192kHz ESS Sabre Premier digital-to-analog converter
    • symmetrical power amp layout electrically isolates left and right channel circuitry for high signal-to-noise ratio and wider soundstage
    • Ultra Low Jitter PLL circuitry reduces timing jitter from digital sources, for improved sound quality
    • surround back speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping compatible front left and right speakers
    • Pure Direct mode switches off front-panel display, tone controls, and DSP circuitry for cleaner sound with analog audio sources
    • Compressed Music Enhancer improves sound quality of MP3s and other digital music files
    • detachable power cable
    • HDMI 2.0 audio/video switching: 8 in, 2 out (including 1 front-panel input)
    • component video switching: 3 in, 1 out
    • composite video switching: 5 in, 1 out (including 1 front-panel input)
    • digital audio inputs: 3 optical and 3 coaxial
    • 1 optical digital audio output
    • 5 analog stereo audio inputs (including 1 front-panel input)
    • phono input for use with a turntable
    • 7.1-channel preamp inputs
    • 7.2-channel preamp outputs for connection to an external power amp and powered subwoofers
    • Ethernet port for network connection
    • front-panel USB port for audio playback from USB flash drives, hard disk drives, and portable music players
    • rear-panel USB port for add-on Yamaha YBA-11 Bluetooth adapter
    • outputs for 9 speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back, Zone 2 L/R)
    • receiver can power a maximum of 7 channels at once
    • RS-232C, remote (IR), and 12 volt-trigger connections for use with external controllers
    General Features:
    • 4K/60p and 3D video pass-through
      • This receiver is not HDCP 2.2-compliant and will not support copy-protected 4K video content.
    • free Yamaha A/V Controller app lets you use your Apple or Android device as a Wi-Fi® remote
    • 12 SCENE presets for one-touch power-up, source selection and DSP recall
    • Audio Return Channel function receives digital audio signals from a compatible HDTV's tuner via HDMI
    • full-color on-screen display
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows source switching without powering up receiver
    • web browser control via PC or tablet
    • HD radio™ and AM/FM tuner
    • remote control
    • 17-1/8"W x 7-1/8"H x 17"D (9-1/2"H x 17-1/4"D with Wi-Fi antenna installed)
    • weight: 32.8 lbs.
    • warranty: 3 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    They Don't Make Them Like That Anymore

    Written By DCDave, Maryland on Monday, July 27, 2015

    When I set out to replace my 15 year old receiver with something bigger and better I didn't realize how long it was going to take. This Yamaha is the 4th receiver I've purchased over this time and is the one that I'm going to stick with. The other brands I was very disappointed with. They are all to difficult to setup. Requiring wifi and/or internet access and a mobile app to fully utilize the receiver is a poor design in my opinion. This model requires a wired connection to your home network for certain features as well (internet radio etc..).

    Crutchfield has been great to work with and makes returns easy. One of the receivers I tired out was purchased from some other large e-retailer (think jungle in south america). That receiver overheated regularly and it turns out the manufacturer had discontinued sales of that model due to known failures of multiple components. That retailer and the manufacturer both would not take the return or offer any credit. Never buying electronics from that web site again (sticking with Crutchfield).

    About this receiver it sounds decent. I'm not blown away by it. I have it setup with 5 speakers (no subs) and use it to play cable TV, Roku, Blueray, Xbox and input an iMac and/or laptop. The user interface to do things like setup a scene does not make sense, is not intuitive. Most of the other parts of the UI I like, same with the tons of supported connections. Compared to the other brands I tried (Dennon, Pioneer, Onkyo) the Yamaha had the best.

    Pros: - Build quality - I/O options - Crutchfield support

    Cons: - Requires wired connection to home network router (not a problem for me but might be for some)


    Written By Mike, Illinois on Sunday, June 28, 2015

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    Have only had it for about a month, it is an absolute beast, love it. Hooks up fairly easy if you have a good idea of wiring from previous receivers. Really enjoy all the different sound options. Was having problems with my previous receiver with the sound not syncing up with the picture, enough to drive you insane, problem is now gone and I can blast my concert dvd's through my Klipsch's again. Next up looking into setting up a 7.1 system to take full adavantage of this work of art.

    Pros: able to hook up legacy componets, cd player, couple different dvd players. The simple little Phono jack was a major selling point for this old vinyl freak.

    Cons: no real cons, takes a bit of time to figure out the remote, and the different AV inputs, buttons on remote a bit small.

    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1040

    Written By Jay B, Florida on Monday, June 15, 2015

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    Easy to set up. I didn't even read the instructions, just plugged the HDMI inputs in and ran one output to the tv, then speakers and antennas. Everything works great. Love that I can control it with my phone or ipad. It replaces my old yamaha rx v 870 receiver that is over twenty years old and it I notices a significant improvement in sound.


    Written By Tom, Ohio on Friday, June 12, 2015

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    I went from a older RX-V665 to this receiver and man what a difference. The ESS Saber Processor is well worth the little extra. the only grip I have is there is no printed manual it's only on CD but Crutchfield's to the rescue one call and I have a printed manual on the way

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing

    Sent it back

    Written By Ed, Florida on Friday, May 22, 2015

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    Every thing as promised. Easy to set up and I really thought I was gonna like the Yamaha sound having owned several peripherals by them. Once it was set up was disappointed with the lack of what I describe the "thickness" of the sound compared to the dying old Marantz it was replacing. It seemed reedy, if that makes sense. In general, there was a lack of staging - voices and instruments in space. I exchanged it for the older model Marantz SR7007. Not night and day, but a definite stage presence and stronger female vocals.

    Pros: Ease of set up.

    Cons: Reedy sound. Lack of staging by the preamp portion. Did not show off my B&W's. The Marantz does.

    All Good

    Written By Dave K, California on Friday, April 17, 2015

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    I replaced my 7000 series Marantz with this receiver. I have it connected to a 5.1 Polk Audio speaker 5system and two pool side speakers. The set up was easy and all my input components interface well. The unit is packed with a lot of features. The phone app is pretty cool. It pumps out some good clear sound.

    Pros: Ease of setup and use. The phone app. A "clean and uncluttered" appearance

    Cons: The remote. The buttons are small and it's "dumb," so you will need all your other remotes. Do yourself a favor and get a smart one such as a logitech.

    excellent receiver

    Written By james w, roanoke rapids nc on Monday, April 13, 2015

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    have had this receiver only a few weeks so far a top notch receiver easy set up on screen features are great quick delivery from Crutchfield

    Pros: excellent receiver lots of features

    Cons: none

    Mostly pros and one major con

    Written By Billy Anthony, The ATL on Sunday, April 05, 2015

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    Great big (more on that in a minute) unit. Works great. My IT and AV professional friends tried to over complicate things and really were clueless on how to use something that operates so easily right out of the box. After their over analysis and head scratching, I had everything up and running flawlessly in less than thirty minutes while they went to lunch. Excellent sound in any config. And handles 16x9 HD video flawlessly (most of the pros complications involved resolution); just set all your sources and displays to the same resolution...then no issues. Settings and config were easy to figure out and set-up (once the "pros" went to lunch). The con is that it won't fit into a standard rack. Could barely get it into the rack space, and with all cables, antennas, etc. connected it just does not fit. So now I have to purchase a deeper and taller rack. Maybe the pros at Crutchfield can help with this. Bottom line, very nice unit, especially for home theater, which it is designed for, and for some small to medium AV applications like conference rooms.

    Pros: See above

    Cons: See above

    Excellent reciever!

    Written By Chris from SC, South Carolina on Monday, March 30, 2015

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    This was a great addition. I just bought a new 4k TV and found out that I didn't have a way to get native 4k programming to my TV except for the Netflix app installed on the TV. I needed for Audio to be able to go back to my Receiver so the sound could be heard through my speakers. Think about it for a sec, all the components run into my receiver and then into my TV through 1 HDMI cable. There was no way to take my sound back From my TV to the reciever!

    This system had the updated technology to allow the HDMI to work going to and from the TV! Now my excellent audio on the 4k and all Netfilx shows travel back to my receiver and sound amazing through this system.

    Pros: Powerful and advanced.

    Cons: It always starts in a mode that I have to manually change. I have to hit "1" to get Audio 1. It changes to some different mode after I turn the system off for the night. Not a big deal. Probably can be changed in the settings as I figure it out.

    May be Best in Class . . . BUT . . .

    Written By Craig, Central Ohio on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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    This is definitely a quality receiver and probably the best in class in this price range. However, I purchased this and sent it back and I thought it might be helpful for others considering this receiver to know the reasons. When I ordered this, my primary reasons were the multiple inputs, Wi-Fi, Built-In Apple Airplay, Pandora support and zone 2 video capabilities. However, I discovered that my Viewsonic projector, which I had intended to use as Zone 1, had compatibility issues with the receiver. Once I switched from one input to another, I would lose the signal. When I used an ARC-enabled TV as Zone 1, I had no issues. But even with the projector as Zone 2, I still had some issues with a consistent signal. Also, note that if you have 2 HDMI outputs (e.g., 2 TVs) and you send the signal to both outputs, the receiver adjusts and "downscales" to the highest resolution of the "weakest" output. Accordingly, even though my projector is 1080p, my TV is 720p and the signal would be sent at 720p to both. What I learned from all this was I was better of doing a "workaround." Ultimately, I ended up getting a used past gen Yamaha with multiple optical audio inputs (but no HDMI) and then using a combination of HDMI and component video switches and splitters, Apple TV connected via optical cable and Pandora connected via optical cable through XboxOne, I was able to accomplish what I wanted in terms of multiple zones with much more flexibility than offered via this receiver for less $.

    Pros: Probably the best-in-class receiver. Numerous inputs, features and great sound. Yamaha quality.

    Cons: Compatibility with certain HDMI outputs (e.g., projector), Zone 2 limitations (but typical of most receivers), Lack of Bluetooth (optional). No HDCP 2.2. Some features may not justify additional price for some folks so do your research to determine whether this is a cost-effective solution for you. There are "workarounds" f you're willing to put in the time to configure the system but if not, this may be your best option.


    Written By Jeff T, Texas on Sunday, March 22, 2015

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    Absolutely stunning sound quality and programming! This unit replaced an RX-V863, as I upgraded to 4k and 3D. This is my 3rd Yamaha receiver, and as usual it did not disappoint! I stepped up to the Aventage series and am so glad I did. Definitely worth the money. Technical support questions I had were answered professionally and courteously by the Crutchfield team. No A/V system is complete without the Aventage!

    Pros: Suberb sound in any mode! Latest technology for A/V systems.

    Cons: Wireless a little picky, but an Ethernet cable direct took care of it.

    Excellent Product

    Written By Eric M, Pennsylvania on Friday, March 20, 2015

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    This product replaced an older (and lower price point) ONKYO home theater receiver. It was easy to set up and calibrate the sound/speakers for my room. I did not need to check the manual at all during set up. Following the quick start guide included with the receiver got me up and running quickly. The sound from this receiver is excellent and much better than the sound from the ONKYO it replaced. I've used the receiver to watch blue ray, dvd's, TV, Netflix and listen to my IPOD. I'm hearing things that I never heard before with my prior receiver. Yamaha nailed it. I'm especially pleased with the sound when listening to music from my IPOD.

    Pros: Excellent sound. Easy to set up.

    Cons: None so far.

    Excellent Receiver

    Written By Joe S, Rockville, MD on Wednesday, March 04, 2015

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    I have owned several Yamaha receivers over the years, and have always been impressed by their quality of contruction, durability, reliability and performance. This receiver replaced a ten year old Yamaha audio/video receiver. The old receiver still performed flawlessly but did not have any HDMI connections and I was having problems connecting to new video gear. I expected that the Aventage RX-A1040 would be well constructed and perform well. I was not disappointed. The new receiver has ever audio/video connection I could want (both HDMI and legacy audio/video connections).

    Pros: Great sound. Easy to setup. Many inputs. Firmware update-able through wireless connection

    Cons: None

    Choosing the Yamaha a1040 was a great dicision

    Written By Scott, Ohio on Sunday, February 15, 2015

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    I upgraded from a higher end Onkyo and I have to say the performance and sound out of this unit is hand over fist better than the Onkyo. The sound field is very precise and immersive. Movies, television and video games all play with exceptional clarity and gives you a great feeling of being in the movie. Screen set up is a breeze and offers a lot of tuning options to get the exact sound you are looking for.

    Pros: Great sound Easy set up Mobile app is beneficial Great sound options

    Cons: Heavy Very large unit, make sure it fits in your cabinet/stand/rack before you buy Pricey - but worth every penny

    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1040

    Written By mick, Ohio on Friday, January 23, 2015

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    this thing works very well the sound is very good and it was very easy to setup so far all good. I had a marantz sr 7007 for 2 days and went dead I was sad but crutchfield was there for me and I had no truoble they sent the new yamaha the same day.

    Pros: ever thing

    Cons: none

    More than I need

    Written By Kurt S, Missouri on Sunday, January 11, 2015

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    I had an aging (15 year old Sony Receiver) that did not support HDMI. I have 4 game systems, a cable box, tape deck and phonograph and I wanted a receiver that I could plug it all into. This system fit the bill. In fact, it's hard to find another system with the same configuration of inputs and the handful of others are all about the same price. So I compared this to a couple in the same price range and this one seemed to get better reviews. I think it boils down to setup. The setup for this is very easy. Honestly, it took me more time to unplug my previous system and get this one out of the box than it did to wire it up and configure.

    Pros: More features than I need (wait, is this a pro or a con. Kind of both really) Sound is excellent. Setup is easy. Supports my 4 game systems, cable TV, tape deck, and phonograph easily.

    Cons: A bit pricey. More features than I need (wait, is this a pro or a con. Kind of both really)


    Written By jazz, United States on Thursday, January 08, 2015

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    This is the second Yamaha aventage I own. I haven't had any problems with this series of audio receivers. No sound drops at all. Which keeps me happy what sports on tv.

    Pros: Excellent sound and easy setup.

    Cons: None

    Yamaha RX-A1040

    Written By Anonymous, Lakeland, FL on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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    bought as a present for son's system

    Pros: performs great

    Great reciever

    Written By Todd, Massachusetts on Monday, December 15, 2014

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    After doing quite a bit of homework, we settled on this for our first home theater receiver. Set up was simple with a straightforward owners manual. This was my first AV receiver set up, and I had no problems. It has plenty of power for bi-amping my tower speakers and the pre-sets sound fantastic.

    Pros: ease of set up lots of power

    Cons: you have to choose between bi-amping the main speakers or having the receiver power a 2nd audio zone. It would have been better if I could assign speaker outputs to a second zone. Based on my reading, there is no way to do this. Not a huge drawback, but one to be aware of.

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    Written By leslie n, Michigan on Saturday, November 15, 2014

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    got this 2 weeks ago, after doing much research,i decided on this one.the sound is excellent,was easy to setup.lots of inputs for legacy components,only issues:had to reset to get the wireless features to work properly,2,the ypao sets the sub level a little too low.all the other measurements were spot on.highly recommeded.

    Pros: great sound,lots of inputs,ease of use.

    Cons: ypao sub measurement a little off,wireless features required some tinkering.

    Third times a charm

    Written By Ron C, Ellijay, Ga on Thursday, November 13, 2014

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    I've waited about a month before reviewing this receiver because I wanted to be sure that I had enough time to give a good review. This is the third receiver that have tried. The first receiver was a Onkyo TX-N828. At first I was happy with it and gave it a good review (see the review under Onkyo TX-N828). But then I started to have HDMI problems. Much to Crutchfield's credit I received a full refund. You guys rock! I then placed an order with Denon for a AVR-X3100 because Crutchfield didn't have the new AVR-X3100 at that time. That was a mistake because I started having problems with it freezing up which caused me to have to do factory resets to get it going again. Which meant that I lost all of my settings. Thankfully it was less than 30 days old and Denon gave me a full refund. So lesson learned "buy from Crutchfield and get the 60 day return guarantee. I was replacing a Yamaha RX-V1065 which after all these years is still working great but long in the tooth. So I decided that I should stay with Yamaha since I've owned multiple Yamaha receivers and all of them are still alive a working 100% (even my Yamaha RX-V2400 that is 10yrs. old). Well I have to say that as of now my new Yamaha RX-A1040 receiver is a great sounding receiver for both music and movies. I have had no issues at all and the apps for your phone and tablets are great. Thanks Yamaha for a great receiver and Thank You Crutchfield for your outstanding customer service. I'm a customer for life!

    Pros: Great for movies and music. Lots of sound field choices. Best of all lots of inputs for legacy equipment and a phono input to boot (love my vinyl!) Runs cooler than the Onkyo and Denon receivers. Sound is superb. Easy to setup. 3 Year Warranty which from my experience I will never need. What's not to like?

    Cons: No built-in Bluetooth. But not a big thing since I wouldn't use it anyway.

    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1040

    Written By MarkH, St. Louis on Monday, November 03, 2014

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    Just purchased the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1040 and also have previous RX-A1000 and RX-A1020 models in my home. I wlll continue to buy Yamaha for quality, value, and performance.

    Pros: Ease of setup, quality, and performance

    Excellent Receiver

    Written By AndyB, Washington, DC on Monday, August 18, 2014

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    This is truly an excellent receiver with all of the modern features I was looking for, plus the ability to connect all of my various legacy components (which I can't go without). I found setup to be easy and all of the controls to be intuitive and we'll thought-out. I'm very glad I went with the Yamaha and look forward to many years of enjoyment.

    Pros: Intuitive set up and controls

    Cons: None that I have found

    Simply Awesome

    Written By Howad, Memphis, TN on Saturday, August 09, 2014

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    I recently purchased the Yamaha Aventage RX-A1040 A/V receiver and could not be happier. It produces some truly amazing sound. The only drawback is there are so many adjustments on it. If you take some time, you can configure the exact sound you are looking for. I just love it.

    Pros: Easy to get started Can tune the receiver to your personal tastes Awesome sound

    Cons: The only con I have is the number of adjustments. But if you are a little patient, you have the ability to tune the sound to your particular taste.

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    What's in the box?

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    • 7.2ch AV receiver
    • 6.5' AC power cord
    • Wireless remote control (RAV517)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • YPAO microphone (w/ attached 19' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • W-LAN antenna
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
    • Easy Setup Guide
    • Quick Guide for Multi-Zone
    • Important Safety Instructions
    • Spotify brochure
    • Warranty Information
    • On-line Product Registration Information
    • "Yamaha Worldwide Representative Offices" note

    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 110
    THD in Stereo 0.06 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20,000 Hz
    FM Sensitivity Not Given
    HD Radio Tuner Built-in
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration YPAO RSC
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    Composite Video Conversion From Composite to HDMI
    Component Video Conversion From Component Video to HDMI
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion Yes
    Internet-ready Yes
    Apple AirPlay Built in
    App Remote Control Yes
    Bluetooth-compatible No
    USB port for iPod/iPhone Yes
    DLNA Certified Audio
    MHL-compatible Yes
    Multibrand Remote Control No
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote No
    Width (inches) 17-1/8
    Height (inches) 7-1/8
    Depth (inches) 17-15/16
    Weight (pounds) 32.8
    Parts Warranty 3 Years
    Labor Warranty 3 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Multi-room Video Yes
    Multi-room HDMI Output Yes
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos No
    DTS DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input 1
    Audio-Video Inputs 8
    Audio-only Inputs 5
    Component Video Inputs 3
    Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
    Optical Digital Inputs 3
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 3
    Optical Digital Outputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 8
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 2
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input Yes
    Multi-channel Preamp Output Yes
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port 1
    USB Connections 1 Front
    Removable Power Cord IEC 2-prong

    Product Research

    Audio Features
    Video Features
    Network & Tuner Functions
    USB/iPod Integration
    Convenience Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Features

    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 home.

    • High Drive Amp Technology: A fully discrete power amplifier helps maximize sound and minimize distortion of the receiver. The Yamaha RX-A1040 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.
    • 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.
    • Professional Quality DACs: The Yamaha RX-A1040 uses ESS Sabre Premier 192kHz/24-bit DACs (ES9006) for all channels to produce professional quality digital audio with exceptionally good signal-to-noise ratio and up to 120dB of dynamic range. The AV receiver also utilizes low-jitter PLL circuitry to help optimize sound imaging. The result is a more dynamic sound with greater detail and less distortion.
    • 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 installation environments.
    • 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.  The AV receiver also employs anti-vibration heatsinks to suppress vibration from transistors and sound pressure.
    • 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.
    • Independent Power Supplies: Independent power supplies are used for the receiver's analog and digital circuitry to prevent digital noise from affecting analog circuitry. These power supplies are highly efficient and result in less power consumption in standby mode.

    Intelligent Amplifier Assignment: Intelligent Amp Assignment automatically assigns amplifier channels of the Yamaha AV receiver to certain speakers depending on what functions are selected. You can select from a variety of amplifier configurations.

    • Basic: In this configuration, up to nine speakers (Front L/R, Front Presence L/R, Center, Surround L/R, & Surround Back L/R) can be connected to the AV receiver. When Cinema DSP 3D is on, the two Front Presence speakers will be powered and not the two surround back speakers. When Cinema DSP 3D is off, this situation is reversed. Bi-amp and Zone 2 speakers are not available in this mode
    • 7ch + Zone 2: In this configuration, up to nine speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, and Zone 2) can be connected to the AV receiver. When Zone 2 is off, all seven channels will be used in the Main Zone. However, when Zone 2 is on, power to the two surround back channels will be directed to the two speakers in Zone 2 and the Main Zone will receive five channels of power. The same or different analog input sources/volume settings can be applied to both zones. Multichannel sources are mixed down to 2-channels and output to Zone 2. Bi-amp and Front Presence speakers are not available in this mode.
    • 5ch Bi-Amp: Up to five speakers (Front L/R, Center, & Surround L/R) can be connected to the AV receiver. The Surround Back amplifier channels of the AV receiver are reassigned to bi-amp the front speakers. 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. Zone 2, Surround Back, and Front Presence speakers are not available in this mode.
    • 5ch Bi-amp+SB: The receiver powers five speakers in the main room (Front L/R, Center, and Surround L/R) 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 external amp. Zone 2 and Front Presence speakers are not available in this mode.

    YPAO Automatic System Calibration: The Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) 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 sound pressure level; until it achieves the best sound conditions for your room.  Up to 8 listening position measurements are taken to optimize the surround effect for a broad area. Additional YPAO technologies include:

    • EQ: You can select between a varietyYPAO EQ result settings to better suit your speaker 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), Through (does not use the YPAO EQ), or Manual (lets you adjust EQ for each channel manually).
    • R.S.C (Reflected Sound Control): The receiver also employs YPAO's Reflected Sound Control (RSC) to correct early reflections for studio-quality sound.
    • DSP Effect Normalization: In addition, YPAO provides DSP Effect Normalization, which varies the CINEMA DSP parameters according to the reflected sounds.
    • YPAO Volume: Human ears have less sensitivity to high and low frequencies, especially at lower volumes. YPAO Volume applies loudness EQ correction to automatically adjust high and low frequency levels as volume changes. Using the YPAO measurement results, EQ correction is optimized to your system settings and listening environment.
    Note: You can also choose to manually adjust the AV receiver's speaker setup settings.

    Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Yamaha RX-1040 supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic) decoding formats.

    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 AV receiver 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), and Center Width (moves the center channel output completely towards the center speaker or towards the front left and right speakers).
    • 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 17 Cinema DSP programs for movies, music, and games.

    • Movie Soundfields: Standard, Spectacle, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, Mono Movie, Sports, Action Game, Role Playing Game
    • Music Soundfields: Hall Munich, Hall in Vienna, Chamber, Cellar club, The Roxy Theater, The Bottom Line, Music Video, 5/7ch Stereo
    Note: 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 from the receiver or remote control. The AV Controller App for Apple iOS and Android provides even greater adjustment of Cinema DSP soundfields.

    Cinema DSP Modes: The Yamaha RX-1040 AV receiver offers proprietary Yamaha Cinema modes so you can enjoy your movies and music even more in your home; regardless if you are using 5.1 speaker setup, 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. The receiver achieves Cinema DSP 3D through its virtual Presence Speaker mode.
    • 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 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.
    • Virtual Cinema Front: With Virtual Cinema Front, you will enjoy virtual 5-channel surround sound with higher quality and resolution by installing surround speakers at the front. You get more flexibility to arrange your speakers inside the room, along with easy enjoyment of high quality surround sound.
    • 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 fatigue.

    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 field.
    • 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%).

    HiFi Sound Modes: The Yamaha RX-1040 offers two HiFi audio modes which bypass the receiver's tone & DSP processing for higher sound quality performance. These HiFi sound modes lets you play back input sources without any soundfield effect processing. When either of theses modes are enabled, each speaker produces its own channel audio signal (without soundfield processing). When playing back 2-channle sources, such as a CD player, stereo sound is heard from the front speakers. When playing back multichannel sources, the receiver produces unprocessed multichannel surround sound.

    • 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 processing.
    • 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 or multi-channel sources. During Pure Direct playback no sound is output from the subwoofer.

    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 possible.

    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.

    Dynamic Range Control: The Yamaha RX-1040 employs two Dynamic Range Control functions.

    • Adaptive DRC: Adaptive DRC automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialog, vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening when you do not want to disturb others.
    • Dynamic Range: 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.

    Bass Management: The Yamaha RX-1040 AV 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.

    Volume Setup: The Yamaha RX-1040 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 -6dB to +6dB in 0.5dB increments.
    Note: You can choose to display the "Relative" volume scale (-80 to +16dB) or an "Absolute" volume scale (0 to 97).

    Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Yamaha RX-1040 offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.

    • Digital Inputs: The Yamaha AV receiver is equipped with three optical digital inputs, three coaxial digital inputs (rear), and one optical digital output (rear).
    • Stereo RCA Jacks + Phono Input: The receiver is also equipped with nine stereo RCA analog audio inputs (8 rear/1 front), a single stereo RCA analog audio record output, and a stereo RCA Zone 2 output; as well as Phono input (MM) for vinyl playback.
    • 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 decoder.
    • 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.
    • Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding post terminals for all speaker channels (Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back/Bi-Amp, and Zone 2/Presence). 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. 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 and Surround speakers.
    • Headphone Jack: The Yamaha RX-A1040 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.

    Video Features

    HDMI 2.0: The Yamaha RX-1040 AV receiver is fitted with eight HDMI 2.0 (7 rear/1 front) inputs and two HDMI 2.0 outputs to deliver crystal-clear, all-digital audio and video signals. The two HDMI outputs can be set to display the same video signal or the second HDMI monitor output can be assigned to Zone 2 for the display of two different HDMI sources; simultaneously. The HDMI 2.0 jacks support 4K/60Hz and 1080p video signals; as well as 3D video and ARC functionality. Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v.Color, and auto Lip-Sync compensation is also supported via HDMI. The AV receiver's HDMI jacks support 2-channel and multi-channel linear PCM (up to 8-channel) and Bitstream (Dolby Digital, DTS, etc) digital audio formats.

    • 4K/60Hz Pass Through: The AV receiver supports 4K Ultra HD 50 Hz/60 Hz signal pass-through to output motion-smooth ultra high-definition videos. Via a Firmware update, it also supports RGB, YCbCr 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2 as well as YCbCr 4:2:0 video signal for more vibrant and lifelike images.
    • 3D Ready: The Yamaha RX-1040 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 to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
    • Deep/x.v.Color Support: The AV receiver supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture
    • LipSync: This function adjusts the delay between audio and video output. You can do this manually or have the receiver set the LipSync function automatically. When connected to a TV via HDMI the receiver automatically adjusts audio output timing (0-500ms) if the TV supports an automatic LipSync function. You can also manually delay the sound output up to 500ms to synchronize it with the video image.
    Note: The AV receiver's HDMI 2.0 jacks do not support the latest HDCP 2.2 copyright protection for 4K ultra-HD content, so it will not support 4K content from satellite/cable providers, online video services, and Blu-ray disc which are copyright protected with HDCP 2.2.

    4K Video Upscaling: The Yamaha RX-A1040 is capable of outstanding upscaling and i/p conversion quality. This AV Receiver will upscale video signals from analog (up to 1080i)-to-HDMI and HDMI-to-HDMI, up to 4K. This means a much better picture with HDTVs capable of 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or 4K resolution.

    Front-Panel HDMI/MHL Port: One of the receiver's six HDMI inputs is on the front-panel and MHL compatible. This MHL compatible HDMI port provides easy, direct connection of MHL compatible smartphones, like Android. Playback of up to 1080p video and multi-channel audio from the phone is supported. The receiver will also charge (5V/1V) your connected phone. Play, Stop, and other basic operations can be controlled from the AV receiver's remote control.

    HDMI Standby Through Mode: When the RX-1040 is in standby mode (power off), the Standby Through feature allows HDMI source signals to pass through the receiver to the TV. The HDMI input can be changed using the remote control. So, there's not need to turn on the A/V receiver in order to switch HDMI sources.

    Analog Video: The RX-1040 AV receiver offers both composite and component analog video jacks.

    • Component Video: The RX-A1040 offers three component video inputs and one component video monitor output (which can also be assigned to Zone 2). These jacks have a frequency response of 5 Hz to 60 MHz and will pass High Definition video sources up to 1080p.
    • Composite: The receiver features four composite video inputs, one composite video record output, and one composite video monitor output (which can also be assigned to Zone 2).

    Background Video: The Background Video feature allows you to watch a video source while listening to a different audio source. With the RX-1040, you can select any video input, and listen to AM/FM radio or select songs from a USB device or Network source at the same time.

    Network & Tuner Functions

    Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Yamaha AV receiver is fitted with a RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) port to connect the receiver to your home network. The unit  also offers built-in WiFi (IEEE 802.11 b/g; 2.4GHz) for a wireless network connection; WPS, WEP, WPA-PSK (TKIP), WPA-PSK (AES), WPA2-PSK (AES) security protection is supported. Either network connection gives the receiver access to your DLNA music server and various online music services. Wireless network setup can be done via WPS button, Access Point Scan, Manual Setting, PIN Code, or even through your Apple iOS device (5.0+).

    Internet Radio: The Yamaha RX-1040's network connection provides access to Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, and vTuner Internet Radio online music services. You can control the Internet Radio services from the AV receiver's remote control and on-screen menu (via HDMI). The receiver will display station name, album name, song title, and elapsed time on your HDMI-connected television.

    Music Service Description
    Pandora Pandora is free, personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. You can also rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and Pandora will adapt stations to your feedback. You can even bookmark up to 100 stations and easily switch between favorites.
    Spotify Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists. A Spotify Premium subscription is required.
    SiriusXM Requires firmware update. SiriusXM Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more.
    Rhapsody Rhapsody is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.
    vTuner You can also listen to Internet radio stations using the vTuner Internet Radio Station database service particularly customized for this unit, providing a database of numerous radio stations around the world. You can search for Internet Radio stations by Location, Genre, New, Popular, or Podcast.

    DLNA + WiFi Direct: The Yamaha RX-1040 AV receiver supports music streaming from WiFi-enabled mobile devices (via WiFi Direct) and DLNA certified devices (via your home network). Supported music files include; MP3 (up to 48 kHz), WMA (up to 48 kHz), AAC (up to 48 kHz), ALAC (up to 96 kHz), WAV (up to 192 kHz), and FLAC (up to 192 kHz).

    • WiFi Direct: When using WiFi Direct, you can connect directly with other WiFi-enabled devices without using a wireless router. You'll be able to wirelessly stream a variety of music files to the Yamaha receiver without connecting to your home network. WiFi Direct completely bypasses your WiFi access point/router, so it's easy to set up. You'll continue to navigate your music and view song/artist information from your mobile device.
    • DLNA Certified: The RX-1040 is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7/8 compliant for audio networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music stored on your PC over your home network. You can use your PC to play high-bit rate music content through your audio system, or use the RX-1040 to browse and play music files on your hard drive. You can control playback of your streamed audio files from the AV receiver's remote control. The receiver also supports ID3-Tag and META tag information so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed from the unit's on-screen menu (via HDMI). The AV receiver supports the following DLNA music servers - (1) PC with Windows Media Player 11 or later installed, (2) PC with DLNA/UPnP Certificate server software installed, (3) NAS with DLNA/UPnP certification.

    Spotify & HTC Connect: The Yamaha RX-1040 supports Spotify & HTC  Connect wireless music streaming from your compatible smartphone.

    • Spotify Connect: With the Spotify app on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you've got instant access to millions of songs. And now you can stream those same songs from your smartphone to the Yamaha AV receiver by using Spotify Connect; simply hit play on the app to start streaming music. What's more, when you've been listening to Spotify on your smartphone outside and come inside, the song immediately begins to stream to the receiver for uninterrupted music enjoyment. You can also personalize playlists and receive phone calls while listening to music. The Spotify app for Apple iOS/Android devices and a premium account are required.
    • HTC Connect: HTC Connect lets you stream MP3 and AAC music files to the Yamaha AV receiver wirelessly from a compatible HTC Connect mobile device. You don't need a separate app because HTC Connect is built right into your HTC smartphone. Simply swiping the HTC smartphone screen starts music output to the AV receiver, from the HTC device's stored music library or online music apps. Click here for HTC Connected compatible smartphones.

    HD Radio Tuner: In addition to receiving standard analog AM and FM broadcasts, the RX-A1040 features a built-in HD Radio tuner. HD Radio technology brings digital radio to conventional analog AM and FM radio stations, with improved sound quality, better reception, and new data services. HD Radio technology provides CD-quality sound for FM stations, and FM-quality sound for AM stations. In addition, FM HD Radio station can transmit multiple programs on the same frequency by using multicast channels. Text data display includes station name, song title, artist name, etc. HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    • Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.
    • Multicasting: Many HD Radio stations also offer more than one channel of programming. This service is called multicasting.
    • 40-Station Preset Tuning: The Aventage Series RX-A1040 lets you store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. This can be done manually or automatically (auto-preset tuning).
    • Direct Tuning: You can directly tune in a frequency using the receiver's remote control.
    • Stereo/Monaural Modes: You can set this receiver to automatically match FM broadcast frequencies in stereo, or convert the frequency to monaural for weaker stations.

    Web Control: When connected to your network (with Internet connection), you can control the Yamaha AV receiver with the web control screen displayed in your PC's web browser. You'll be able to control functions such as, Power On/Off & Volume. Internet Explorer 9.x, 10.x, 11.x is recommended for web browser.

    Firmware Updates: New firmware will be released for the purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be downloaded from the Yamaha website. If this unit is connected to the Internet, the receiver will indicate when a new firmware version is available and you can download the firmware via the network connection. Firmware updates normally take approximately 20 minutes or longer. The test A/V receiver contained firmware version 1.14 (as of 8/5/2014). Check Yamaha's Support Download Site for the most recent firmware updates.

    USB/iPod Integration

    USB Port: This AV receiver is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of music files stored on a USB mass storage class memory device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable MP3 players, or USB thumbdrives (not compatible with USB HDDs). Your USB mass storage class device must be formatted in FAT 16 or FAT32 .You can use the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music files on your connected USB memory device. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (5V/2.1A); even in standby mode. Compatible music files include:

    • MP3 (up to 48 kHz)
    • WMA (up to 48 kHz)
    • AAC (up to 48 kHz)
    • ALAC (up to 96 kHz)
    • WAV (up to 192 kHz)
    • FLAC (up to 192 kHz)
    Note: While listening to a song from a USB device, you can view a favorite video or photo from the receiver's monitor output.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Yamaha RX-1040 offers wired (via USB) and wireless (via AirPlay) connectivity for your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. You can even watch video from your Apple device via the receiver's front-panel HDMI input.

    • AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your Apple iOS (4.3.3+) device or from your iTunes (10.2.2+) library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the AV receiver, over your home's wireless network connection. From your Apple iOS device you are able to stream stored music on your device, downloaded music apps, and music on your iCloud to the AV receiver. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes music library on your computer to the AV receiver; you can even download Apple's free Remote App onto your compatible iOS device to browse and control playback functions of the the music stored in your iTunes music library on your computer that is being streamed to the AV receiver. With AirPlay you also get to see song/artist information and album art via the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI).
    • USB Direct: The USB (type-A) port on the front-panel provides convenient connection for your iPod/iPhone so you can listen to your stored music and music apps through the Yamaha AV receiver. The iPod/iPhone USB digital connection means that the digital audio signal from your iPod/iPhone is transmitted directly to the system, minimizing noise interference and allowing use of the receiver's DAC, not the DAC in your iPod/iPhone. This results in more precise sound reproduction. You can navigate your iPod/iPhone's music via the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control, or continue to use your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. You can browse your iPod/iPhone's stored music content via Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer. You can also control Repeat & Shuffle functions. Basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) for music apps can also be controlled by the AV receiver's remote. Song/artist information and Album Art from stored music and music apps on your iPod/iPhone will display on your connected TV (via HDMI) or the unit's front-panel display.
    • HDMI Video: You can also view video from stored movies and movie apps from select iPods, iPhone, and iPads by connecting your Apple device to the AV receiver's front-panel USB and HDMI input. Use the Apple Lightning-to-Digital AV Adapter (472LT2HDMI sold separately), the Apple Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately) to connect your Lightning connector iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the AV receiver. Use the Apple Dock-to-Digital AV Adapter (47230PHDMI, sold separately), the Apple Dock-to-USB cable that came with your device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately) to connect your iPod touch (4th gen), iPhone 4/4S, or iPad (1/2/3). Using the HDMI input, video from your iPod/iPhone/iPad can only be navigated from your Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen  (select Simple mode on receiver).
    Note: Your Apple device's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver's front-panel USB port (max. 2.1A).

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Yamaha AV receiver supports the following Apple devices and functionalities (as of 1/15/2015):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connector Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    USB AirPlay Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Album Art Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2/3 8.1.2 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4/air 8.1.2 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    mini 8.1.2 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 8.1.2 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.1.2 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.1.2 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 8.1.2 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd/3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Convenience Features

    Advanced On-Screen Menu: The RX-1040 offers an on-screen (GUI) menu system through its HDMI output. The simple on-screen display combines text and graphics that make setup and other operations extremely easy. If your TV is connected to the composite video or component video monitor output, you will need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings. You can set the receiver's on-screen menu language to English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, or Chinese.

    Scene Plus: The Scene Plus function simplifies operation by providing one touch power-on, along with selection of the desired source and the appropriate DSP programs. Scene Plus offers a choice of 12 Scene selections, four of which can be assigned to the second zone in a multi-zone system. Scene Plus can be selected from the receiver's front panel, remote control, on-screen GUI, and even from the Apple iOS or Android app. Pressing a Scene button will automatically launch a number of operations that initiate play of the source controlled by that button.

    Multi-Source/Multi-Zone: The Yamaha RX-A1040 offers Audio/Video Zone 2 (with HDMI switching) and Party Mode (audio only) for playback of a variety audio/video sources in two separate rooms of your home.

    • Zone 2 Audio: The receiver has dedicated stereo RCA outputs for Zone 2, or the built-in amplifier can be configured to power speakers in the second zone connected to the Extra Speaker terminals, allowing you to listen to different audio sources in two different rooms of your home. By using the RCA outputs on the AV receiver you can connect an external receiver or integrated amplifier in a second room, allowing you to listen to 7.1ch surround in the main room and play a different stereo audio source in another room of your home. By using the speaker-level outputs on the AV receiver you can directly connect a secondary pair of speakers in another room of your home, allowing you to listen to 5.1 surround sound in your main room and play a different stereo audio source in the other room. When the receiver is powering speakers in Zone 2, the surround back/front height speakers in the main room are turned off (limiting you to 5.1ch in the main room). The volume of Zone 2 can be controlled by  the Yamaha receiver using either configuration or from your add-on amplifier when using the line-output.
      • Compatible Zone Sources: You can select the following input sources for Zone 2.
        • Analog Audio Inputs
        • AM/FM Tuner (you cannot select different AM/FM radio stations for each zone)
        • USB (including iPod/iPhone)
        • AirPlay (only available in Zone 2 when AirPlay is also playing in Main Zone)
        • Internet Radio (different network sources cannot be played back in multiple zones at the same time)
        • DLNA/Media Player contents
      • Incompatible Zone Sources:
        • Optical/coaxial digital audio sources are not output to Zone 2.
        • Unfortunately, you cannot select USB and Network source exclusively for each Zone. For example, if you select "Network Server" for Zone 2 when "USB" is selected for the Main Zone, the input source in the Main Zone also switches to "Network Server".
    • Zone 2 Video: The Yamaha receiver's composite, component, and second HDMI monitor can be assigned to Zone 2 so two different video feeds can be sent to two different displays at the same time directly from the receiver (you must connect the same video connection to your second display monitor as connected to your receiver for that particular source; there is no video-conversion or scaling for Zone 2). HDMI Zone 2 will also output multichannel audio signals for the HDMI input source selected.
    • Party Mode: The Party Mode allows you to enjoy the AV receiver's Main Zone audio source in Zone 2, simultaneously (regardless of input audio signal types - analog or digital). During the party mode, stereo playback is automatically selected for all zones. The Main Zone & Zone 2's volume level can be adjusted independently. Utilize this function when you want to play back an audio source as background music in two rooms of your home.

    Gapless Playback: Many live and classical albums have no gaps in the music. Gapless playback ensures that there are no pauses between audio files. This provides playback with no interruptions, the way it was meant to be heard. Compatible with WAV, FLAC, and ALAC music files via USB or DLNA.

    Input Rename: You can rename each input so the display reflects the actual source; choose from 15 templates or create an original name, up to nine characters.

    Display Dimmer: You can set the brightness of the front-panel display from -4 to 0.

    ECO Mode: When the ECO Mode is enabled, you can reduce the receiver' power consumption by keeping the maximum volume, maximum output power, and front display's brightness low. ECO mode reduces power consumption by approximately 20%.

    Timers: The receiver offers a programmable Sleep Timer and Auto Power Down function.

    • Sleep Timer: The receiver's Sleep Timer function can be set turn the unit automatically off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
    • Auto Power Down: If you don't operate the receiver or use the remote for an extended period of time, the unit will automatically go into standby mode (Auto Power Down function). The Auto Power Down feature is selectable from 2, 4, 8 or 12 hours.

    Memory Guard: This feature is used to prevent accidental changes to the DSP program parameter values and other system settings.

    Remote Control

    IR Remote w/ HDMI-CEC: The receiver comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of this receiver and other HDMI-connected sources (via HDMI-CEC). HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) synchronizes the operation of this unit with other HDMI-CEC devices when connected via HDMI. When the AV receiver is connected to a HDMI-CEC compatible TV, they will turn ON/OFF together and you can use the TV remote to control the volume of the receiver. HDMI-CEC also provides playback functionality with other components, such as your Blu-ray player. For example, you can use the receiver's remote control to operate player functions like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, or Stop.

    Note: Not all HDMI-CEC compatible components and functions are guaranteed to work.

    AV Controller App: Download Yamaha's free AV Controller App (from Apple's App Store or GooglePlay) onto your Apple iOS (5.0+) or Android (2.1+) device and turn your mobile device into a Wi-Fi enabled remote control for the Yamaha AV receiver. Your Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same home network as the Yamaha AV receiver.

    • Basic Remote Functions: The AV Controller App provides the flexibility to control input, volume, mute and power commands from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.
    • DSP Controller: You can use the AV Controller App to adjust DSP soundfields & parameters to your preference to match the type of music/movie or the mood you want to achieve. There are two modes - (1) Basic, which lets you adjust the sound space by simply pinching the screen in-and-out; and (2) Advanced, which allows detailed adjustment of various parameters such as reverb, initial delay, and liveness.
    • Internal Content Browsing: Using this app on your Apple iOS or Android device, you can browse and listen to content from all internally available sources; such as Internet Radio, Pandora, Spotify, USB devices, and the AM/FM tuner.
    • Wireless Music Streaming: From the app, you can browse music stored on your Apple iOS or Android device and wirelessly transfer the content to the Yamaha A/V receiver for playback.
    • Zone Control: You can control power on/off, source selection, volume and other functions of Zone 2. Customization such as changing zone icon and renaming zone is also supported.
    • Blu-Ray Player: This App not only controls the Yamaha AV receiver, it also controls Yamaha Blu-ray Disc Players, supporting various functions including Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Previous/Next Track.

    AV Setup Guide App: Download Yamaha's AV Setup Guide App (from Apple's App Store or GooglePlay) onto your Apple iOS (6.0+) or Android (4.0+) device for assistance with connecting cables between the Yamaha AV receiver and your source devices as well as AV receiver setup. This app guides you through various settings including speaker connections, TV and source device connections, plus assigning the power amplifier. Once you have completed the setup guide, settings from this app will automatically be copied to your network-connected AV receiver for quick and easy setup.

    Remote Connections: The RX-1040 offers a variety of remote connections.

    • 12V Trigger Output: The RX-1040 has a programmable minijack output to send a 12-Volt DC turn-on signal to another component that accepts a 12V trigger, such as a power amplifier or motorized projection screen. The trigger is programmed either to work with a specific zone (main room or Zone2) or a specific source.
    • Remote Jacks: The receiver has remote input and remote output minijack terminals for use with external IR receivers and compatible Yamaha components.
    • RS-232C Port: The AV receiver's RS-232C port provides seamless integration with a wide range of third-party home automation control systems.

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