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This is an excellent receiver for the money. Excellent sound on a Bose speaker system. The FM reception is also excellent.
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Yamaha's home theater receivers continually offer more features to enjoy movies and music. Their AVENTAGE receivers go a step further to deliver exquisite sound quality to your speakers. These advanced Yamaha receivers are optimized to sound their best, with high-quality components and an attention to detail designed to satisfy the most discerning ears. The AVENTAGE RX-A740 gives you the best of both worlds; fun features and fantastic sound to heighten your enjoyment of music, movies, TV, and video games.
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-A740 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®.
Stream music wirelessly to the RX-A740 with Yamaha's free AV Controller app for Apple and Android devices.
One of the benefits of the 'A740'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. Run wire to a set of stereo speakers in a bedroom, kitchen, or porch. Then, let Yamaha's Intelligent Amp Assign do the rest. When you're watching a movie in your home theater, the whole family can enjoy immersive 7.2 surround sound. But if you decide you'd rather chill out on the deck and listen to music, you can activate Zone 2, which automatically reassigns the surround back channels in the home theater to the channels that power your outdoor speakers. Your family will still enjoy 5.2-channel surround sound for their movie while you're listening to music over your network.
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.
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 aluminum front panel and extra center foot on the receiver's base help to further eliminate unwanted resonance and distortion. And the high-quality Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converters decode the latest audio formats with accuracy and detail, so digital sources like Blu-ray discs and high-resolution music files sound their best.
Great-sound is only part of the AVENTAGE RX-A740'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.
This is an excellent receiver for the money. Excellent sound on a Bose speaker system. The FM reception is also excellent.
This is an excellent receiver for the money. Excellent sound on a Bose speaker system. The FM reception is also excellent.
Not a lot special here, but the sound is excellent with my Martin Logan speakers. Easy to hook up, networked much more easily than the little wireless adaptor they used to count on. I love the iPad/Android app and stuck with Yamaha for this location because I have other Yamaha receivers in the house. One app is best. I also like that the receiver responds directly on the network to its IP address. Much to like here. I don't use any of the sound fields, just give it to me 'straight'. I hardly use the radio, relying on my XM account, Pandora, and bluetooth.
Pros: Easy to set up. Extremely well-supported phone and tablet apps; compare to others.
Cons: I'd like to pay less. This list price stuff is tough on my wallet. But my Yamaha equipment has proven more reliable than Pioneer.
Great deal and a very nice addition to our home entertainment system. Lots of great features with Wi-Fi and Air Play for the family's iPhones is a real advantage.
Pros: All pros for this unit. Everything we needed and more!
Cons: no cons yet and don't foresee any.
Awesome receiver, love the wifi feature and multi zone control. Easy to setup and the app works great. My Friends were impressed.
I like everything about this receiver except the dreaded 'access error' when playing internet radio. I currently run this a 2-zone receiver, 5:1 on Zone 1 and 2 outdoor speakers for Zone 2. I use the Yamaha android app to control the unit more than the Yamaha remote. Apparently there is an issue with Yamaha and internet radio which I've been reading about. The problem didn't occur until recently. I suspect a firmware update has triggered it. There's no pattern to how long Pandora will play before I get 'Access Error'. I've found several ways to resolve it but it's annoying. I have to say this 'Access Error' experience really dampens my enthusiasm for the unit. All of my other home theater device devices play Pandora without interruption. This is definitely problem with the receiver. The unit has plenty of ports to support my needs. Once this Pandora problem gets resolved, I'll come back to a 5-star review.
Pros: Ports, sound, setup, unit control through the smartphone app.
Cons: 'Access Error' playing internet radio
Pros: easy to use
Cons: No cons that I see
Strong powerful clean sound. Tons of features.
This is the replacement for a 4 year old Onkyo TX-NR808 that died from a bad HDMI board. The Yahama set up was easy and quicker than on the Onkyo. The sound is outstanding and seems clearer than the Onkyo. There are plenty of HDMI inputs as well as coaxial and TOSlink if needed. The picture from my new Sony Blu-Ray player is fantastic as well as the sound.The remote seems easier to use than the Onkyo. We have an old Yamaha HTR-5240 receiver, I purchased new, hooked up to an old Sony KP-53XBR45 Color Rear Video Projector in the basement and it has been going great forever. Neither has HDMI hookups. I expect this new Yamaha receiver to do as well.
Pros: Easy Setup and great sound. Great video output.
Cons: None so far.
I am new to Yamaha. This A740 is replacing a Onkyo that failed. Have unit in media center that is connected to Sonos and Roku. Have a Zone 2 to outside speakers. All works well, especially after a brief support call to educate me on the Zone 2 usage. Great unit.
Pros: All is good.
Cons: None so far.
This is an excellent receiver, with plenty of power and features to serve as the flagship in your home/system. It has plenty of HDMI ports for the average user, handles all the latest sound protocols, provides 3D pass-thru, easy Zone 2 control, and has a pretty easy to use speaker/audio calibration system (YPAO). The GUI is easy to use, and much better than most I've used, but as with most receivers could be a bit more intuitive. The remote is easy to use as well, though I use a Harmony remote with no issues. The layout is sharp and it has a good number of front panel buttons for convenience, but not too many to cause clutter. Set-up is an absolute breeze, even easier than my much more expensive Pioneer Elite. But here's where I take the Yamaha down a star. While it sounds great and is fully tweakable, as others have mentioned, I haven't been as impressed with the overall sound quality compared to my Pioneer or, more importantly, the Denon 3803 this Yamaha is replacing. It may be user error, so I'll keep playing with the controls to achieve a more ideal sound, but out of the box, post-YPAO, and post-manual adjustments, I just can't quite get to the Denon's level of richness. Still, the surround processing is phenomenal, the center channel output blends perfectly, and the other two receivers mentioned were both much more expensive than the Yamaha. So overall I would highly recommend this receiver, especially if you're looking to upgrade for a pretty reasonable price.
Pros: Ease of set-up/use, features, value, overall quality, integrated wi-fi, sleek chassis
Cons: Overall sound quality, while excellent, not quite as sharp/rich as other receivers I've used
Only had it for a day but the sound is awesome. I can actually hear the dialouge wheras with the Onkyo tx nr609 I couldn't. The speaker calibration was easy and the Yamaha app is great (allows you to play around with the settings). Movies sound amazing. Go with this and stay away from Onkyo. I've had two of their receivers fail on me. Crutchfield is great and love the support I get when I need help.
Pros: Sound, setup
Great receiver. Easy to use menus and great sound.
Pros: Great sound.
The RX-A740 was a replacement for my Sony DTR unit that was purchased as a an entry into home surround sound. I did a lot of research and review analysis before I settled on the Yamaha Aventage, but I could not be happier with the selection. The move from 5.1 to 7.1 alone was an improvement. The HDMI pass-through, with 3D & 4K signal support, enabled a massive reduction in cable clutter. I have the HDMI out running into my Sony XBR through the HDMI (PC) port and have not experienced any signal lag on either the PS4 or PC gaming. I'm running the RX-A740 to a combination of Polk Blackstone TL3 for Center, Left, Right and Jamo C25 satellites for Surround & Surround Back. The sound profile out of such small speakers is still really impressive; I am looking forward to being able to invest in some higher end speakers, down the road, to see what this receiver can really do. The Program feature for various audio encoding is what has really impressed me. It is far more prominent and far, far easier to use than what the Sony DTR offered. I had to look up the difference between Straight & Pure Direct, just to be certain what they were, but they are now my default preferred options.
Pros: The YPAO Mic was a great help in getting a very balanced sound environment. I live an an oddly shaped space with less than great acoustic qualities. The ability to auto program the RX-A740 has proven to be an excellent feature. Not being an audiophile, I could never find a very balanced manual setup with the older Sony unit. Being able to connect & control the RX-A740 through a smartphone or tablet has proven useful as a companion to the universal remote.
Cons: Not really any to speak of. The initial firmware update was rather sizable & took nearly 30 minutes to download and install. Had a networking issue with the WIFI router after connecting the RX-A740, but that may have had more to do with a major outage /glitch on the part of the local cable company.
This the second Yamaha Receiver I've owned and I can still say I love Yamaha products. The receiver was easy to set up and the surround sound is great. I would tell all my friends if they are planning to buy a new receiver that this is the one to buy, and I will also tell them Crutchfield is the place to buy it.
Pros: Everything is great
This beast is a GREAT piece if gear, PERIOD!!!
I have waited for a wireless receiver for a long time. Even though i have owned Sony products for over 20 years i was put off by some of the negative reviews of the current Sony wireless units. I decided on the Yamaha after much research. I'm 100% happy with this receiver. It has it all. The wireless works great. The sound and video quality is great. I'm a happy camper.
Pros: Excellent sound and video.
Cons: Only thing i can think of is Pandora will lose network connection sometimes. Not sure it's a hardware issue of the receiver or an application issue.
Love it.. Does what it suppose to and more.
In my list of prerequisites on my purchase to replace my aged and shut down Onkyo receiver, I had sound "musical- sound" as my primary feature that the next receiver shall be endowed with. I did my fair share of reading reviews and looked at receivers from a few of the top manufacturers. As I and most of us who shop by way of the mouse and keys, I was unable to go out and listen to lots of equipment. I proceeded to consider Denon, Onkyo, Marantz ,Sony and Yamaha. Yamaha did not have the most HDMI inputs or the most sophisticated set up features on the list but; what I did like was there attention to the amplifier section of the receiver "the heart and soul if you would" of the unit. Movie sound tracks are relatively easy for the human ear to interpenetrate, usually the sound is focused in the 125-6k hz . Music and all it's subtleties is a different animal all together, eq too high it sounds thin eq too low it sounds thump-y or muddy or even worse leave out the mid and you have a boom box. Getting it right is what Yamaha did, crisp but not edgy highs, crystal clear mid range and a nice round low end. If you are looking for a great sounding receiver without breaking the bank, and if you don't need twenty inputs for everything even the microwave :-) then Yamaha might just be what you are looking for, I did have a little problem with set up ,but it turned out that my wireless router is just out of date and to stream music you need band width. Over all VERY HAPPY.
Pros: The sound is incredible, pristine voice with good body. I like the settings out of the box but you can easily tweak them to your liking. Easy set up and you do not need a Rosetta Stone to figure out the remote.
Cons: I think the wireless card could be a little better so you need a very strong signal.
|Number Of Channels||7|
|Stereo RMS Power (watts)||90|
|THD in Stereo||0.09 %|
|Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)||20-20,000 Hz|
|Apple AirPlay||Built in|
|App Remote Control||Yes|
|USB port for iPod/iPhone||Yes|
|FM Sensitivity||Not Given|
|HD Radio Tuner||No|
|On-Screen Display||Thru HDMI|
|Auto Speaker Calibration||YPAO RSC|
|HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video||No|
|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|
|Multibrand Remote Control||No|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
|Powered Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Preamp Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Multi-room HDMI Output||No|
|Dolby Digital||DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+|
|DTS||DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Component Video Inputs||2|
|Component Video Monitor Outputs||1|
|Optical Digital Inputs||2|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||2|
|Optical Digital Outputs||None|
|Coaxial Digital Outputs||None|
|HDMI Monitor Outputs||1|
|Multi-Channel Analog Input||No|
|Multi-channel Preamp Output||No|
|Main Speaker Output Pairs||1|
|Main Speaker Terminals||Posts|
|USB Connections||1 Front|
|Removable Power Cord||IEC 2-prong|
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.
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.
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. Additional YPAO technologies include:
Note: You can also choose to manually adjust the AV receiver's speaker setup settings.
Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Yamaha RX-A740 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.
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.
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-A740 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 Parameters: You can adjust the following parameters of the Cinema DSP modes.
HiFi Sound Modes: The Yamaha RX-A740 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.
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-A740 employs two Dynamic Range Control functions.
Bass Management: The Yamaha RX-A740 AV receiver provides the following Bass Management settings.
Volume Setup: The Yamaha RX-A740 allows you to customize the receiver's volume levels.
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-A740 offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.
HDMI 2.0: The Yamaha RX-A740 AV receiver is fitted with six HDMI 2.0 (5 rear/1 front) inputs and one HDMI 2.0 output to deliver crystal-clear, all-digital audio and video signals. 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.
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-A740 is capable of outstanding upscaling and i/p conversion quality. This AV Receiver will upscale video signals from analog (480i only)-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/1A) 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-A740 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-A740 AV receiver offers both composite and component analog video jacks.
Background Video: The Background Video feature allows you to watch a video source while listening to a different audio source. With the RX-A740, 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.
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-A740'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.
|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-A740 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).
Spotify & HTC Connect: The Yamaha RX-A740 supports Spotify & HTC Connect wireless music streaming from your compatible smartphone.
AM/FM Tuner: The Yamaha RX-A740 AV receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The RX-A740 lets you store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. This can be done manually or automatically (auto-preset tuning). You can set this receiver to automatically match FM broadcast frequencies in stereo, or convert the frequency to monaural for weaker stations. An indoor FM wire antenna and AM loop antenna are included with the receiver.
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 1.15 (as of 7/29/2014). Check Yamaha's Support Download Site for the most recent firmware updates.
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:
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-A740 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.
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|
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.
Advanced On-Screen Menu: The RX-A740 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 (for One-Touch Start): The RX-A740 features four Scene buttons on the front-panel and remote to make operating the receiver easier. Pressing a Scene button will automatically launch a number of operations that initiate play of the source controlled by that button; such as powering on the receiver, switching to the appropriate source input, and recalling the selected DSP surround mode.
Zone 2: The Zone 2 feature allows you to set this receiver to reproduce separate input sources in the main zone and the second zone (Zone 2). 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. 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. The volume of Zone 2 is controlled by your optional integrated amp. 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 speakers in the main room are turned off (limiting you to 5.1ch in the main room). The volume of Zone 2 is controlled by the AV receiver
Note: 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".
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.
Memory Guard: This feature is used to prevent accidental changes to the DSP program parameter values and other system settings.
IR Remote Control: 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): The Yamaha AV receiver supports HDMI-CEC, which 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.
AV Setup Guide App: Download Yamaha's AV Setup Guide App (from Apple's App Store or GooglePlay) onto your Apple iPad (iOS 6.0+) or Android tablet (OS 4.0+) 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-A740 offers a variety of remote connections.
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Do not know, I do not use zone 2, I do not use many of the features. Sorry [ JOHN H Aug 26, 2015 ]
hey rob--sorry--i don't know that michael [ MICHAEL C Aug 26, 2015 ]
Yes it plays Airplay on both zones together or individually. I recommend using the free Yamaha app for managing zones and inouts. [ GEORGE Aug 26, 2015 ]
Yes it should work. [ DON Aug 26, 2015 ]
Hi-I do not use it for this purpose, but do use a SONOS system to play to Zone 2. I asked tech support and it required a wire to connect Sonos to the Yamaha. Very happy with unit but you should ask tech support. [ WILLIAM Aug 26, 2015 ]
I Have had no problem sending apple air play or Pandora on zone 2. Works and sound great. [ REGAN Aug 26, 2015 ]
I wish I could help, but I am using this receiver only for zone 1, I have not even ventured into zone 2, Overall I love the receiver. [ JOHN H Jun 11, 2015 ]
I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM--IT HELPS IF YOU TURN THE INPUT SENSITIVITY ALL THE WAY DOWN--THIS MAKES THE AMP WORK HARDER AND GIVES A LITTLE MORE POWER TO THE SPEAKERS--BUT YOU REALLY NEED A SUBWOOFER CONNECTED TO THE RCA SUBWOOFER CONNECTION TO GET ANY REAL BASS. THAT IS ONE OF THE DRAWBACKS TO THIS AMP--SOUNDS GREAT--BUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE A SUB, THIS AMP DOESN'T PROVIDE MUCH BASS AT ALL TO THE REGULAR SPEAKER HOOK UP--HOPE THIS HELPS [ MICHAEL C Jun 10, 2015 ]
We use our zone 2 to drive a pair of Polk Atrium6 outdoor speakers. I never noticed I had no dynamic adjustments. The sound quality and volume is quite good and we are happy with the set-up. We also have Polk ceiling speakers in our kitchen driven by another receiver. In ceiling applications there is no enclosed chamber for the low sound waves to bounce off, so the waves dissipate into the space between the ceiling/floor joists. This may be why you can't hear much bass sound. If I had it to do over I would at minimum install baffles (like XTC 8" Speaker Baffles available from Crutchfield) to enhance the bass and minimize bleeding to room above. Or even better, I would block with plywood and silicon caulk an enclosure between the joists and subfloor above to create a speaker cabinet of sorts. Good luck! [ Paul Jun 10, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Jun 10, 2015 ] Staff
staright [ HOWARD Mar 04, 2015 ]
Movie gives me the best picture, auto not so good [ DAVID E Mar 03, 2015 ]
For me it is Drama [ ROBERT M Mar 02, 2015 ]
Personal preference, but I enjoy the Ext. Stereo (I believe that's what Yamaha calls it) because it engages all speakers for an immersive experience. It's fun to experiment with the settings to find your favorite. [ JASON Mar 02, 2015 ]
Thank you all, and it's pretty much what I thought. Except... I refer you to the Details tab, down about half way under the heading "Volume Setup: The Yamaha RX-A740 allows you to customize the receiver's volume levels." It states: "Note: You can choose to display the "Relative" volume scale (-80 to +16dB) or an "Absolute" volume scale (0 to 97)." And therein lies my confusion. [ Grant Feb 17, 2015 ]
i'm old too--(63) and i've been building speaker systems and matching them to amps all my life--a great hobby----realize that decibals (db) on the display is in units of muting (lowering volume)--the lesser amount of mute means that the sound is getting louder-- (you are muting less) so as the degree of muting becomes less--you have more sound-- crazy--because in the set up inside--the volume is registered in decibals--not degrees of muting--so in the speaker set up--the volume is the decibals--not the amount of muting-- just learn it -- it'll be much simpler mike [ MICHAEL C Feb 16, 2015 ]
Negative numbers for DB is how Yamaha does it. They feel 0 is loudest it will put out and the negative numbers reflect more accurate sound levels. Takes a few days to get used to it. Not aware of any way to change. [ WILLIAM Feb 16, 2015 ]
I think that is the way it is. I too was old school but have gotten used to it. A great receiver! [ DON Feb 16, 2015 ]
I personally have not experienced this issue and have the reciever hooked up to blu ray,and TV. Have them going to Klipsh speakers and sounds killer! [ WAYNE M Jan 17, 2015 ]
ARC doesn't work at all between my receiver and my tv (Panasonic viera plasma zt60). Using optical digital with no issues. Easy to set up. Also note the Yamaha does not up convert component input to hdmi so I have component cables connected too. So much for a one cable solution. [ GEORGE Jan 14, 2015 ]
I have had no issues with the receiver. Sound quality is great and the app controller is wonderful. [ ROBERT A Jan 14, 2015 ]
HOOKED MINE UP ON THANKSGIVING DAY 2014--USE IT ABOUT 6 HOURS A DAY--ABOUT HALF THAT TIME HDMI--HAVEN'T NOTICED ANYTHING YET-- MIKE [ MICHAEL C Jan 14, 2015 ]
I have not seen this issue at all. there is a momentary cut out when switching sources like from my video source to Blu- Ray or Chrome case but that is all. This has been a very easy to use receiver with great control through the app. [ CHRISTOPHER Jan 14, 2015 ]
I didnot keep it long enough,it just did not compare to the clean sound of my Marantz sr6005. Sorry I could not help [ raymond Jan 14, 2015 ]
With the unit since 10/14. No problems with HDMI connections. Am using all 5 of the HDMI inputs and output to TV. Am using Zone 2 from a Sonus as well. All are working as advertised. Would purchase again. [ WILLIAM Jan 14, 2015 ]
I am having the same issue [ MARK Jan 14, 2015 ]
Thanks George. Back from TG vacation. That's sort of what the local retailer guy told me. Still a little confused if "straight" is a separate setting from all the audio choices (drama, sports, 7 channel etc) or one of them. Does setting standard or sports, for example, negate the straight setting? [ Knappy Dec 01, 2014 ]
Straight means completely unprocessed, in other words the digital data passes through without any manipulation by the DSP. standard does a minimal amount of processing which cleans up sloppy signals. I tend to leave it on "standard" most of the time, but I like "sports" and "drama" for those types of shows. I don't like the 7 Channel setting at all. [ GEORGE Nov 25, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: That unit does not have a phono input so we would need to add a phono pre-amp between that receiver and your turntable. The Cambridge Audio Azur 551P is one of our top sellers and does an excellent job! If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Nov 17, 2014 ] Staff
Don't know if this answers your question, but I have my TV hooked up to it, and it works fine. Really like the reciever. [ WAYNE M Nov 15, 2014 ]
I use the SOnus analog output to feed the A740 and Zone 2. If you want the digital TV or other digital source for Zone 2, it should work. [ WILLIAM Nov 13, 2014 ]
No. The line in is analog and you are trying to create a digital file on your flash drive. You need a computer and appropriate software or a dedicated cassette tape to mp3 ripping player. [ GEORGE Oct 21, 2014 ]
Good question. But I haven't played around with it yet. Good luck. [ DON Oct 21, 2014 ]