Disc Compatibility: The Yamaha BD-A1020 Blu-ray disc player
is compatible with many disc types:
||BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE
||DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, DVD-R,
DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
||CD-Audio, SACD, CD-R, CD-RW
Blu-ray Disc: Blu-ray, also known as Blu-ray Disc (BD) is
the name of a next-generation optical disc format. The format was developed to
enable recording, rewriting and playback of high-definition video (HD), as well
as storing large amounts of data. The format offers more than five times the
storage capacity of traditional DVDs and can hold up to 25GB on a single-layer
disc and 50GB on a dual-layer disc. This extra capacity combined with the use of
advanced video and audio codecs will offer consumers an unprecedented HD
- Better Picture Quality: Blu-ray Disc is a true
high-definition format offering video at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p resolution.
While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't provide a
high-definition signal (not even when you use an up-converting DVD player).
Blu-ray Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed picture,
with deeper, richer colors.
- Better Sound Quality: In addition to the same
multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby Digital and
DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master
Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
- Much Greater Storage Capacity: What makes Blu-ray
Disc's superior picture and sound possible is the much higher storage
capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25
gigabytes of data, over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold.
Dual-layer Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours of
High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video, plus
high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features and material that
require multiple discs with standard DVD.
- Backward Compatible: To ensure backward-compatibility
with your existing library of discs, Blu-ray Disc players use a dual-laser
mechanism: a blue laser for playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a
conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.
DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on your disc must match the
region code on your player, otherwise the disc will not play. The BD-A1020
is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1. Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access
Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted
Blu-ray 3D: Blu-ray 3D is the Blu-ray disc video format for
3-dimensional (3D) video playback developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association
(BDA). Supporting Full HD (1080p), so you can enjoy high quality 3D video. TV
and Blu-ray titles are also required to be 3D compatible to enjoy the 3D
experience. Adding a 3D capable A/V Receiver will provide a more engaging audio
and video consumer experience.
Firmware Updates: As Blu-ray technology continues to evolve, new
disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for
you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update
the firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available
for downloading from the Internet via the rear panel Ethernet terminal.
Occasionally, Yamaha may release new firmware for the
purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be
downloaded from the Yamaha website via the player's Ethernet connection.
Note: The tested Yamaha BD-A1020
contained Firmware Version 1.155O1200. Visit the
Yamaha Support Page for the latest Firmware update
DVD-Audio: DVD-Audio is an extension of the highly popular DVD format,
distinguished by its capability to deliver high quality multi-channel audio
capability previously unavailable in traditional packaged audio media.
SACD: Blu-ray Players that support Super Audio CD use a technology
called Direct Stream Digital (DSD) to convert music into a digital signal that
can be stored on a disc. Compared to the traditional PCM method (the technology
used for CD), DSD offers a much higher resolution by following more closely the
original waveform of music. With a frequency response of over 100kHz and a
dynamic range over 120dB across the audible frequency range, some 64x higher
resolution then CD , Super Audio CD offers music reproduction that reveals
details you just can't hear on a normal CD.
File Compatibility: The Yamaha BD-A1020 Blu-ray disc player
supports the following audio, video, and photo files recorded onto BD-R/RE,
BD-R, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs.
||MP3 (8-320kbps), WMA (32-192kbps),
AAC, WAV (LPCM 16-bit/44.1kHz), and FLAC (24-bit/192kHz)
||DivX+ HD, MKV with H.264, MPEG PS, MPEG
TS, MPEG-4, VOB, AVI, ASF, WMV (1920x1080), and AVCHD (DVD-R/RW &
||JPEG, GIF, and PNG
Parental Control: Parental Control
allows you to set a rating limit based on the age of the viewer (Kid Safe, G,
PG, PG-13, PGR, R, NC-17, Adult, & Off), preventing your children from viewing
inappropriate material. Playback will stop if the ratings exceed the level you
set, & it will require your to enter a 4-digit password before the disc will
Video Outputs: The Yamaha BD-A1020 Blu-ray disc player is
equipped with one high-definition video output (HDMI) and two
standard-definition video output (component/composite).
- HDMI 1.4 Output: The Yamaha BD-A1020
features a single
HDMI (ver.1.4) output for digital audio/video signal transmission. HDMI 1.4
supports 1080p/24Hz resolution, 3D video, Deep Color, x.v.Color, and HDMI
CEC. The HDMI output supports 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p and 1080p/24
resolutions. Standard definition DVD signals (480p) are scaled and output at
the specified resolution via HDMI.
- Component Video Output: The component video output is
capable of 480i & 480p output.
- Composite Video Output: The DVD player features one
Composite video output for standard 480i video playback.
1080p/24Hz Output: The BD-A1020 includes a 1080/24p HDMI output
option to faithfully transfer film images as they were originally recorded. When
connected to a 1080/24p display, you can enjoy the remarkable video performance
of Blu-ray disc without converting or scaling the signal.
DVD Upscaling (via HDMI): Through the HDMI output, the BD-A1020 is
capable of upscaling the resolution of your standard DVDs. Output options
include Auto (highest resolution accepted by the TV), 1080p (60/24Hz), 1080i, or
720p. If necessary the output resolution can also be set to 480p or 480i.
3D-Ready: The Yamaha BD-A1020 lets you enjoy 3D Blu-ray disc
movies in full HD 1080p. There are two 3D output settings:
- Auto: This player automatically selects 3D or 2D mode based on
- Off: This player always selects 2D mode.
Note: 3D viewing requires compatible 3D content,
3D-ready HDTV, 3D emitter & glasses, and a high-speed HDMI cable (supporting
at least 10.2 Gbps) connection.
x.v.Color: x.v.Color reproduces a wider range of color than
the HDTV standard, showing almost all of the colors that the human eye can detect.
Currently there is no x.v.Color software available on Blu-ray, but the BD-A1020 is
ready to take advantage of x.v.Color discs when they become available.
Deep Color: The HDMI output supports Deep Color, increasing
the number of bits available for transmission, meaning more colors are displayed.
The BD-A1020 can provide 4,096 shades of each of the three primary colors, for a
total of 68.7 billion possible colors. This results in greater color fidelity,
smooth tonal transitions, and ultra-fine gradations between colors. It also
enables more shades of gray, for higher contrast ratio.
Bonus View: The Bonus View feature provides
picture-in-picture capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view
additional content (such as director/actor commentary) in a small display window
while the movie is playing.
TV Aspect: Set the TV aspect ratio to match the connected
- 16:9 Full: Stretches a 4:3 image horizontally to
fill the 16:9 screen
- 16:9 Normal: Displays a 4:3 image on the 16:9
screen in its original aspect, with black bars on the sides
- 4:3 Pan&Scan: Fills a 4:3 screen with a 16:9
signal, centering on the action and cutting off the extreme sides of the
- 4:3 Letter Box: Displays 16:9 video on a 4:3 screen
in the letter box mode with black bars at the top and bottom
Video Mode: You can select
which Video mode suits your preference, viewing environment, and video content.
- Standard: The image is
natural and well-balanced. This mode is suited for normal use.
- Vivid: The image is
more vivid and sharp.
- Cinema: The image is
suited for watching movies in a dark room.
- Custom: You can adjust the visual image manually using
the following parameters:
adjusts overall brightness of image
adjusts the richness of the color in the projected images
- Hue: adjusts the
tint of the projected image
- Contrast: adjusts
the bright areas (white levels) in the image
- Sharpness: adjusts
the sharpness of objects in the video
- CTI: smoothes out
the edges of color images, so color images are rendered more distinct
Advanced Video Settings: The Yamaha BD-A1020 player also offers the
following advanced video settings to further fine tuner the player:
- Color Adjust: You can adjust brightness/saturation/hue for each
- Auto Contrast: Adjusts contrast to optimize the played back
- Noise Reduction: You can se the Noise Reduction to a level of 0
- De-Interlacing Mode: You can select how to detect the video
signal. Set to Auto for normal use. When horizontal stripping noise appears
on the screen, set this to Film/Video to remove the noise.
Aluminum Front-Panel: The
Blu-ray player features an aluminum front-panel to protect sound quality from
32-bit/192kHz Audio DAC: The Yamaha BD-A1020 is equipped
with a 32-bit/192khz audio DAC (digital-to-analog) converter for superior audio
playback from your Blu-ray, DVD, & CD disc collection.
Digital Audio Formats: The Blu-ray player's HDMI output is
capable of multi-channel bitstream (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD
High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital, and DTS) and multi-channel
PCM output. The optical and coaxial digital outputs pass either Dolby Digital or
DTS bitstream, or 2-channel PCM.
- Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus is an improved
Dolby Digital signal format that is compatible with up to 7.1 channels of
discrete digital sound and also improves sound quality thanks to extra data
bit rate performance. Dolby Digital Plus enables cinematic Dolby surround
sound in 7.1 channel with the addition of surround back speakers.
- Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a high definition audio
technology developed by Dolby Laboratories, using lossless coding technology
to faithfully reproduce the sound of the studio master. This format provides
the facility to support up to 8 audio channels with a sampling frequency of
96kHz/24bit resolution and up to 6 audio channels with a sampling frequency
of 192kHz/24bit resolution. Dolby TrueHD is adopted for applications that
put very high importance on sound quality.
- DTS-HD High Resolution Audio: DTS-HD High Resolution
Audio is a high-resolution audio format, which provides a higher quality
audio experience than standard definition surround sound. Its compatible
with sampling frequencies of 96 or 48 kHz and up to 7.1 channels of discrete
digital sound. High data bit rate performance (2.0-6.0Mbps) provides high
- DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio, the premium
high definition format, utilizes variable bit-rate technology to deliver the
ultimate audio quality, while conserving file size and bandwidth. The result
is an uncompromised audio experience that brings movies, music and games to
life, just as if you were in the studio listening to the master recording.
This lossless audio format provides the facility to support up to 8 audio
channels with a sampling frequency of 96kHz/24bit resolution and up to 6
audio channels with a sampling frequency of 192kHz/24bit resolution.
Audio Format Chart:
||Dolby Digital Plus
||Dolby Digital Plus
||Dolby Digital TrueHD
NEO6: The NEO6 sound mode
lets you upmix 2-channel audio signals to multi-channel. You can choose between
Cinema or Music mode.
Direct Stream Digital (DSD) Encoding: The Super Audio CD
standard is based on Direct Stream Digital (DSD) technology, a 1-bit system with
a digital sampling frequency 64x that of conventional audio CD's 2,822,400
samples per second. Mixed with as many of the original frequencies as possible,
the audio information audible for human ears sounds much more natural than CD.
The DSD bitstream can be output via HDMI or the multi-channel output.
Note: The player's optical & coaxial digital outputs do
not support SACD audio output.
Pure Direct: There are two Pure Direct options to optimize
sound quality (three counting Off):
- Mode 1: Turns off the video circuitry and front panel
display. This mode is suitable for listening to audio only.
- Mode 2: Turns off the front panel display and the
component and composite video outputs (HDMI is still active). This mode is
suitable for watching movies with high quality sound.
Dynamic Range Control: You can activate
the Dynamic Range Control (DRC) function to compress the dynamic range of
the output signals when playing back DVD/BD recorded in Dolby Digital, Dolby
Digital Plus, or Dolby TrueHD.
Lip Sync: In some cases when the player is connected
to a HDTV, the audio signal may not synchronize with the video signal. If this
occurs, adjust the audio delay time to match the video signal. You can set the
player to automatically adjust the audio delay or your can manually adjust the
Audio Outputs: The Yamaha BD-A1020 Blu-ray disc player is
equipped with two digital audio outputs (optical/coaxial) and a stereo analog
audio output (RCA).
- Digital Audio Outputs: This unit features one optical
and one coaxial digital output. These can be connected to an A/V receiver,
amplifier, surround decoder, or other component with a digital input.
Depending on the source and setting, the output will be Dolby Digital, DTS,
or 2-channel PCM. The digital audio outputs can also be set to Re-encode;
this adds the secondary audio (picture-in-picture commentary for example),
if present, to the main soundtrack and re-encodes the signal as DTS.
- 2-Channel Audio Outputs: There is an RCA stereo audio
output for connecting a TV or receiver. Even when the source audio is
multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, etc), these jacks will output a downmixed
You can select the digital audio signal down-sample
frequency (48/96/192k) for the player's coaxial and optical digital audio
Dual USB Ports: The BD-A1020 has front & rear-panel USB
ports. The rear port is used for the temporary storage needed for BD-Live
features, and either can be used to play audio (MP3/WMA), video (DivX/WMV), or
still image (JPEG) files saved
on a USB flash drive. The USB memory device must be formatted with FAT 32/16.
- Audio File Playback: MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), WAV
- Video File Playback: DivX, WMV9 (maximum resolution of 1920 x
- Photo File Playback: JPEG
Network Connection: The Yamaha Blu-ray player features an Ethernet
(10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) to connect to the internet via your home network to enjoy BD-Live
content, access firmware updates, and stream content (video, music, and still
photos) from your network or the Internet.
DLNA Certified: DLNA certification ensures a device is compatible with
other devices designed according to the DLNA interoperability guidelines. The BD-A1020
is certified as a Digital Media Player for audio (MP3/WMA/WAV), video (WMV), and still photos
(JPEG) stored on your Windows PC (Windows 7 recommended).
Video On-Demand: You can instantly watch movies from Netflix
over the internet using this Blu-ray disc player. You also get access to
- Netflix 5.1ch: With more than 20 million members in the
United States and Canada, Netflix is the world's leading Internet
subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. The Blu-ray player
supports up to 5.1CH audio streaming from Netflix. For $7.99 a month,
Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes
streamed over the Internet. Netflix is available in the United States and
- YouTube: The Yamaha BD-A1020 can play back video hosted
by YouTube when connected to your home network with Internet connection.
YouTube is a video file-sharing service. You can use the player's on-screen
virtual keyboard to search for video content offered by YouTube.
- Picasa: This player is Picasa compatible and works with Picasa Web
Albums for sharing digital photos.
Note: Video On-Demand requires a home network with a
connection speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended (10 Mbps for HD content).
Video quality and picture size vary and are dependent upon broadband speed
and delivery by content provider. Online content may require additional fees
and/or PC registration. Available online content may change without notice.
BD-Live: BD-Live is a collection of online interactive
features that content providers may include with a Blu-ray Disc movie to enhance
your enjoyment of that movie, providing you a compelling new world of extended
interactivity. BD-Live includes access to studio-specified Internet sites that
provide you the ability to, for example, download current movie trailers or
other exclusive content, play movie related games, enhance the content of their
disc, chat with other viewers, play games with other BD-Live connected players,
and much more. Blu-ray players and movies must both support BD-Live in order to
use the technology. The Yamaha BD-A1020
must be connected to your network via an
Ethernet connection and you must have a minimum 2GB USB thumb-drive inserted
into the unit's rear-panel USB port in order to download content from BD-Live
Start Up/Play Back Time: The Yamaha Blu-ray player has a
start-up time of approximately 20.5 seconds. It takes approximately 43.1 seconds
for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback.
Note: The Start Up/Play Back Time tests were started
with the Blu-ray player initially turned off & in standby mode. The Start Up
Time test was stopped when the player's Home Menu screen appeared. The Play
Back Time test was stopped when the Blu-ray disc began playback.
Setup Wizard: The Initial Wizard/Easy Setup allows you to set
language, resolution, and screen aspect ratio easily. The Initial Wizard screen
displayed when you turn this player on for the first time, or after a firmware
upgrade or reset.
Bookmarks: The Yamaha BD-A1020 allows you to set Bookmarks
at specified points of a DVD video. After a Bookmark is set, you can move to the
point you set a lot quicker. You can set up to 12 Bookmarks.
Program Play: The Yamaha Blu-ray player allows you to
program playback order of audio disc tracks or DVD chapters. You can program up
to 15 tracks/chapters.
Last Memory: You can set whether this player remembers the
last playback position of a disc when it is set to standby mode or the disc tray
Screen Saver: This player will switch to screen saver mode
if there is no operation for 3 minutes. After that, this unit will turn to
standby mode when there is not operation for 27 minutes.
Wireless Remote Control: The Yamaha BD-A1020 comes supplied
with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the Blu-ray player. For
added convenience, there is a dedicated Netflix button so you can access your
Netflix movie account quickly.
HDMI Control: When a TV and/or AV receiver supporting HDMI
control are connected to the BD-A1020 via HDMI cables, it is possible to use one
remote to control to perform operations such as power off & automatic input
AV Controller App: This AV Controller App
(free) will turn your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or Android device into a Wi-Fi
enabled remote control for the Yamaha Blu-ray disc player. You can control the
basic functions of Yamaha the Blu-ray Disc player such as Play, Pause, Skip,
Power, and cursor navigations. You must have a wireless network in your home and
the Yamaha Blu-ray disc player & Apple or Android device connected to the same
Remote Control In/Out: Two 3.5mm mini-jacks are provided for wired
remote control, allowing you to connect the BD-A1020 to other compatible Yamaha
RS-232C Port: This port connects to the RS-232 port on a
compatible external controller, allowing control of this player using outboard