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

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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.

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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.

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-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®.

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A740 with built-in Wi-Fi

Stream music wirelessly to the RX-A740 with Yamaha's free AV Controller app for Apple and Android devices.

Great sound for one or two rooms

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.

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.

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 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.

Don't forget about picture quality

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.


    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 90 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.09% 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:
    • dual-room/dual-source output
      • powered and line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room (using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.2 home theater in main room)
      • Intelligent Amp Assign automatically redirects surround back channels in Main zone to Zone 2 speakers when Zone 2 is powered on
      • optical/coaxial digital and HDMI audio sources cannot be output to Zone 2
    Audio Performance Features:
    • 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converters for all channels
    • 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: 6 in, 1 out (including 1 front-panel input)
    • component video switching: 2 in, 1 out
    • composite video switching: 5 in, 1 out
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 2 coaxial
    • 4 analog stereo audio inputs
    • preamp outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add aphono preamp
    • 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
    • remote input/output (IR) and 12 volt-trigger output 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
    • four 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
    • AM/FM tuner
    • remote control
    • 17-1/8"W x 6-11/16"H x 15-9/16"D (9-1/4"H with Wi-Fi antenna raised)
    • weight: 23.2 lbs.
    • warranty: 3 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    This is an excellent receiver for the money. Excellent sound on a Bose speaker system. The FM reception is also excellent.

    Anonymous, Florida

    What's in the Box:

    • 7.2ch AV receiver
    • 6.5' AC power cord
    • Wireless remote control (RAV510)
    • 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

    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A740 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (19 Reviews)

    Yamaha A740

    Anonymous from Florida on 7/8/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an excellent receiver for the money. Excellent sound on a Bose speaker system. The FM reception is also excellent.



    Good stuff

    Older_not_Wiser from Pennsylvania on 6/5/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Good Deal

    Pibs from Ohio on 5/24/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A740

    Paul V. from New York on 4/26/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome receiver, love the wifi feature and multi zone control. Easy to setup and the app works great. My Friends were impressed.



    Yamaha A740

    Matt from GA on 3/17/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome receiver!



    Excellent HT Receiver / Access Error

    Home User / Music Listener from North Carolina on 3/14/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A740

    Anonymous from Arkansas on 12/8/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great product

    Pros: easy to use

    Cons: No cons that I see

    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A740

    R.Wirkkala from Naselle, WA on 11/28/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Strong powerful clean sound. Tons of features.



    Great Replacement Receiver

    MichaelC from Nashville,Tennessee on 11/26/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A740

    BILL from San Diego on 11/9/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Excellent Value Upgrade

    CJN from Pennsylvania on 11/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    sounds is awesome

    J from Gaithersburg, MD on 10/30/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Cons: None

    Great receiver

    Jacob from Houston, TX on 10/19/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great receiver. Easy to use menus and great sound.

    Pros: Great sound.

    Cons: None.

    A very competent upgrade.

    MichaelS from Easthampton, MA on 9/6/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Yamaha Aventage RX-A740

    Dodgeboy from Ivor, VA on 8/16/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Cons: None


    Anonymous from MAHWAH, NJ on 8/16/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This beast is a GREAT piece if gear, PERIOD!!!

    Pros: everything

    Cons: none

    Very happy

    JJ from Dothan, AL on 8/11/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Features Features Features

    FAST///M3 from Monrovia Ca on 7/28/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it.. Does what it suppose to and more.



    Aw-sum Music

    Jazz from Dingmans Ferry, Pa on 7/25/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.


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    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 90
    THD in Stereo 0.09 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20,000 Hz
    Minimum Impedance L/R 4 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Center 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Surround 6 ohms
    General Features
    Internet-ready Yes
    Bluetooth No
    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
    HDR-compatible 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
    DLNA Certified
    MHL-compatible Yes
    Multibrand Remote Control No
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 17-1/8
    Height (inches) 6-11/16
    Depth (inches) 15-9/16
    Weight (pounds) 23.2
    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 No
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos No
    DTS DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24
    DTS:X No
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 12
    Audio-only Inputs 2
    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 Inputs 6
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port 1
    USB Connections 1 Front
    Removable Power Cord IEC 2-prong

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    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-A740 AV Receiver is equipped with a 7-channel amplifier rated at 90 watts (into 8-ohms, at 20-20kHz, with 0.09% THD, driving 2 channels) which provides high dynamic power with low-impedance drive capability.
    • High Purity Pre-Amplification: The Yamaha RX-A740 uses high quality, audio-grade Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels to maximize sound quality. 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.
    • 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
    • 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 and Front Presence speaker 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. Bi-amp 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. Additional YPAO technologies include:

    • EQ: You can select between a variety of YPAO 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-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.

    • 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), andCenter 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-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 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-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.

    • 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-A740 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-A740 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-A740 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-A740 offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.

    • Digital Inputs: The Yamaha AV receiver is equipped with two optical (toslink) digital inputs and two coaxial (RCA) digital inputs capable of handling 2.0-5.1ch/32-96kHz audio.
    • Stereo RCA Jacks: The receiver is also equipped with four stereo RCA analog audio inputs, stereo RCA analog audio record output, and stereo RCA Zone 2 output.
    • Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding post terminals for the Front, Center, Surround, and Surround Back/Bi-Amp speaker terminals. The Zone 2/Presence speakers terminals are spring-clip. 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. The spring-clip terminals only accept bare wire or pin-connector. 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.
    • Dual Sub Outputs: The RX-A740 includes dual LFE (mono-subwoofer) outputs for connecting up to two powered subs (simultaneous outputs; not discrete).
    • Headphone Jack: The Yamaha RX-A740 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-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.

    • 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 future firmware update (not yet available), it will also support 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-A740 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-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.

    • Component Video: The RX-A740 offers two component video inputs and one component video monitor output. 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 five composite video inputs (4 rear/1 front), one composite video record output, and one composite video monitor output.

    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.

    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-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.

    Music ServiceDescription
    PandoraPandora 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.
    SpotifySpotify 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. ASpotify Premium subscription is required.
    SiriusXMRequires firmware update. SiriusXM Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more.
    RhapsodyRhapsody 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).

    • 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-A740 isDLNA (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-A740 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-A740 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 usingSpotify 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 apremium 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. Clickhere for HTC Connected compatible smartphones.

    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'sSupport 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-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.

    • 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 DeviceGenerationTested VersionConnector TypeMedia TypeControl TypeDisplay TypeCharge
    USBAirPlayAudioVideoRemoteiPod/iPhoneAlbum ArtArtist/Song TextTrack Info
    7th1.02 PCYNYNYYYYYY
    classic 80GB1.1.2YNYNYYYYYY
    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-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

    • 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
      • 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 and HDMI audio sources are not output to Zone 2. You cannot output any video signal to Zone 2.
    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.

    • 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 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.

    • 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 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.

    • 12V Trigger Output: The RX-A740 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.

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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 ]
    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: Or try our online support center: [ 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 ]
    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 ]