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For mid price receiver the sound is awesome
Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A870 - Control your system with Yamaha's free AV Controller app for Apple and Android
Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A870 - Built-in Bluetooth lets you stream music wirelessly from a compatible device
Looking to take your home theater to the next level? Match Yamaha's AVENTAGE RX-A870 to a 4K Blu-ray player and you can enjoy the same video content in crystal-clear Ultra HD on up to two compatible displays — perfect if you have both a TV and a video projector. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X bring movie soundtracks to life with incredible realism.
Music lovers will appreciate this receiver's ability to play different high-resolution audio formats through the front-panel USB port or from a networked computer. And if you're into vinyl, a phono input provides an easy connection for your turntable.
For their AVENTAGE-series receivers, Yamaha uses custom-designed parts with anti-resonance technology to reduce distortion caused by vibration. A rigid H-shaped frame adds stability to cut out chassis vibration almost completely. A specially designed fifth foot at the center of the receiver's base dampens internal and external vibrations, and an aluminum front panel further reduces resonance to maximize sound quality.
The RX-A870's meticulous construction, symmetrical amplifier layout, and low-jitter digital circuitry all work together to give you accurate sound with precise stereo imaging and a wide, natural soundstage.
Built-in support for streaming services like Spotify®, TIDAL, and Pandora® lets you play and control your favorite music directly through the receiver. Apple® AirPlay® lets you stream from a compatible iOS® device, and Bluetooth adds even more streaming flexibility. You can even stream audio from the receiver to a set of Bluetooth headphones — great for late-night listening.
Setting up a whole home wireless music system has never been easier. This receiver's built-in MusicCast technology lets you add audio playback in up to nine additional rooms with compatible Yamaha wireless speakers and sound bars.
MusicCast lets you stream music from your personal collection, internet radio, and streaming services. You can also play Bluetooth sources, sound from your TV, and even CDs and vinyl. The free MusicCast Controller app makes it easy to access your music and control what you have playing in different rooms.
The RX-A870 has outputs for nine speakers, giving you a few different configuration options. You can set up a standard 7.2-channel surround sound system or a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos system, and use the extra two speaker outputs to power a pair of speakers in a second room. That way, you can enjoy stereo music in Zone 2 while others watch TV in the main room.
When Zone 2 is powered on, Yamaha's Intelligent Amp Assign feature automatically redirects the power for the two surround back channels — or the front height channels, depending on your configuration — to your stereo setup in Zone 2, giving you five-channel surround sound in the living room.
If you're happy with a simple 5.2-channel surround sound system, you can also use one of the extra sets of speaker outputs to bi-amp your front speakers for more powerful sound.
For mid price receiver the sound is awesome
Ronnie, Bartlesville, OK
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For mid price receiver the sound is awesome
I have owned this Yamaha AV receiver for a little over a month. It replaces an ONKYO TX-SR608 (7 years old) which works fine. I simply wanted an upgrade. Well, I got a huge upgrade and more. The Yamaha has similar specs with respect to amplifier power compared with the older ONKYO, but it delivers the power with an authority and clarity that the ONKYO simply cannot match. I am using Vandersteen 2Ci speakers as fronts with an NHT AC-2 center channel speaker. THE Vandys are running bi-wired, so no direct powering of Zone 2 (VERY important to me, BTW). I hooked up a small ROTEL power amp I had laying around and it does a great job of powering PSB alphas in my kitchen. The Yamaha's pre-out for Zone 2 has selectable variable out (the ONKYO is fixed only, something I very painfully found out about with when I bi-wired the Vandy's). Bottom line - the Yamaha RX-A870 is a superb A/V receiver. Everything works very well, the feature set is outstanding, and Internet Radio is amazing (over 10k stations and 250k podcasts available).
Pros: Authoritative power, clarity of sound, outstanding feature set.
Cons: The remote could be a little nicer, but I use a Harmony 650 anyway, so no big deal.
same good quality as my previous Yamaha. lots of new features that will take some time to figure out. Luckily I have Crutchfield techs to help with that. sounds excellent.
Love this receiver. So much easier to set up and use than our 2004 Yamaha receiver......3 HDMI cables and we were ready to go (1 to TV, 1 to DVD/BR and 1 to satellite box). And all menus now show on the TV screen instead of having to be in front of the receiver to read the small display on the receiver.
Pros: Extremely easy setup
So far, have been very pleased with the RX-A870. This replaces an older Yamaha RX-A1020 which died just after the warranty expired. I was a bit reluctant to go with Yamaha again, but the RX-A870 had all the features I was looking for and was a very good value. Sound is excellent, powerful and lots of bells & whistles that make this a very solid receiver. Hope it lasts.
Pros: Excellent price/value ratio; Seems to have all the connectivity features I was looking for including AirPlay, BlueTooth, Wireless, etc.
Cons: None as yet. Hope it lasts well beyond the warranty period, unlike my prior Yamaha receiver. If it doesn't will be my last Yamaha for sure.
Completely as expected. Easy set up. Sounds great. Internet, Bluetooth connections working very well.
My experience....with the Yamaha RX-A870 This is easy to set up...have not tried the YPAO, I set up my basic system manually... I am running an external amp to drive my front speakers which is one of the reasons I got this one, having a pre out inputs, so I did not need to change the ohm setting despite having different impedance on all my speakers. I am getting good clear sound from the receiver, I did increased the level on the center to +7 db and it is rocking..I really like the scene settings, it facilitate easy transitions from watching video to listening to internet radio etc. etc..and I likethe pass through on this receiver than the one I had..and I finally got back my missing net radio, I like listening to classical music from European stations, which I lost with my old system...this receiver have simplistic design and settings unlike the ones I had before..the video passing through is very good, have not tried the receiver processor yet, I will one of these days... so far it is okay.. Another plus is that Yamaha has a lot of mobile apps that can access the receiver. It can access my hi res music folder, but cannot play it unless I open Media Go which I use to convert some other files to flac . The power wattage is not given so I have no idea what the total output is with all channels driven...
Pros: Easy to control, esp with mobile devices and very responsive Good sound for a less powered receiver
Cons: for the price not much... well... maybe they should have included a comprehensive written manual instead of accessing it through the disk
recently bought Yamaha Aventage RX - A 870 receiver - by far the best I have owned so far. Using with Polk ceiling speakers (4) plus definitive technology CS 9040 center unit; outstanding synergy among all components. I am a professional musician of 50+ years so my ears tell me what's great gear for my home setup.
Pros: total sound effect, integration of system elements.
Cons: absolutely none
ABSOLUTELY THE BEST AMP/REC I HAVE EVER OWNED.QUALITY IS OUTSTANDING
|Number Of Channels||7|
|Stereo RMS Power (watts)||100|
|THD in Stereo||0.06 %|
|Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)||20-20k Hz|
|Minimum Impedance L/R||4 ohms|
|Minimum Impedance Center||6 ohms|
|Minimum Impedance Surround||6 ohms|
|Apple AirPlay||Built in|
|App Remote Control||Yes|
|USB port for iPod/iPhone||No|
|FM Sensitivity||Not Given|
|HD Radio Tuner||No|
|On-Screen Display||Thru HDMI|
|Auto Speaker Calibration||YPAO-RSC Multipoint|
|HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video||Yes|
|HDR-compatible||HDR10, Dolby Vision (FW), HLG (FW)|
|HDMI Standby Pass-through||Yes|
|4K Video Upscaling||Yes|
|HDMI to HDMI Upconversion||Yes|
|Multibrand Remote Control||No|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
|Powered Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Preamp Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Multi-room HDMI Output||No|
|Dolby Digital||DD, TrueHD, DD+, EX|
|DTS||DTS, HD, HDMA, ES, 96/24|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Component Video Inputs||1|
|Component Video Monitor Outputs||None|
|Optical Digital Inputs||2|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||2|
|Optical Digital Outputs||None|
|Coaxial Digital Outputs||None|
|HDMI Monitor Outputs||2|
|Multi-Channel Analog Input||No|
|Multi-channel Preamp Output||Yes|
|Main Speaker Output Pairs||1|
|Main Speaker Terminals||Posts|
|USB Connections||1 Front|
|Removable Power Cord||IEC 2-prong|
Aventage Series: The Aventage line of Yamaha AV receivers is based on the audio design concept of providing a massive, full-bodied sound for movie sound effects and the accurate reproduction of music sources. By expertly harmonizing traditional and advanced technologies, every factor that affects sound quality, from materials & parts construction to circuitry layout, vibration damping, and "fine-tuning" the sound, is handled with no other thought than to achieve the best possible audio quality. As a result, every Aventage receiver has the ability to reproduce the most subtle details of high-definition sound, so that listeners can enjoy a truly high-class sound studio experience at home.
Intelligent Amplifier Assignment: Intelligent Amp Assignment automatically assigns amplifier channels of the Yamaha AV receiver to certain speakers depending on what speaker layout has been selected and what content is being played back. You can connect up to nine speakers to the AV receiver and it will determine which seven speakers need amplification. You can choose from a variety of amplifier speaker layout configurations.
YPAO Sound Optimization: This unit employs the YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Optimizer), which automatically adjusts the output of the speakers based on placement, performance, and the room's acoustic characteristics. Yamaha's 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 volume level; until it achieves the best sound conditions for your room.
Note: You can also choose to manually adjust the AV receiver's speaker, crossover, & EQ settings.
Compatible Digital Audio Formats: The AV receiver supports the following stereo & multichannel digital audio formats through its HDMI jacks and optical/coax digital inputs.
|Digital Audio Connector||Audio Signal Type||Audio Signal Format|
|HDMI||2Ch Linear PCM||2ch, 32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Multichannel Linear PCM||8ch, 32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit|
|DSD||2-6ch, 2.8824MHz, 1-bit|
|Bitstream||Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24|
|High Definition Audio Bitstream||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS Express|
|Optical/Coaxial||2Ch Linear PCM||2ch, 32-96kHz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Multichannel Linear PCM||6ch, 32-96Hz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Bitstream||Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24|
Immersive Surround Sound: The Yamaha RX-A870 AV receiver goes beyond regular surround with the latest immersive surround sound formats, including Dolby Atmos & DTS:X.
Post Decoding Formats: The Yamaha AV receiver supports Dolby Surround, Neural:X, and DTS Neo:6 (Music/Cinema) to enhance 2-channel and multichannel decoding formats.
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 these sound images so that it can create the accurate and intensive stereoscopic soundfield in your listening room. Yamaha Cinema DSP 3D lets you 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 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 dialog, music and effects ideally located in these separate soundfields, you will hear sound with accurate placement, smooth movement, exceptional clarity and richness, and realistic presence. It will seem as if the walls of your room have disappeared and you are in the middle of your own immense theater. The AV receiver offers 17 Cinema DSP programs for movies, music, and games.
Note: You can change the receiver's Cinema DSP effect level (level of the soundfield effect to be added). You can adjust the level of the soundfield effect from -6 dB to +3 dB.
CINEMA DSP Parameters: You can adjust the following parameters of the Cinema DSP modes.
HiFi Sound Modes: The Yamaha RX-A870 offers two HiFi audio modes which bypass the receiver's tone & DSP processing for higher sound quality performance. These HiFi sound modes let you play back input sources without any soundfield effect processing. When either of these modes are enabled, each speaker produces its own channel audio signal (without soundfield processing). When playing back 2-channel sources, such as a CD player, stereo sound is heard from the front speakers. When playing back multichannel sources, the receiver produces unprocessed multichannel surround sound.
Compressed Music Enhancer: Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing with exclusive algorithms to enable playback that improves the performance of compressed music formats, including MP3, WMA, AAC, & Bluetooth (SBC/AAC). The Yamaha receiver's Compressed Music Enhancer feature is even optimized for Bluetooth wireless audio streaming. 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 Level & Lift: Dialogue Level Adjustment lets you control the volume of the vocal sound, so you hear movie dialog and music vocals at the ideal level for clear, comfortable listening. Dialogue Lift adjust the perceived height of dialogue sounds. If the dialogue sounds as if it in coming from below the TV screen, you can raise its perceived height by increasing this setting.
Dynamic Range Control: The Yamaha RX-A870 employs two Dynamic Range Control functions.
Bass Management: The Yamaha RX-A870 AV receiver provides the following Bass Management settings.
Volume Setup: The Yamaha RX-A870 allows you to customize the receiver's volume levels.
Audio Outputs: The Yamaha RX-A870 AV receiver is fitted with binding-post speaker terminals and 7.2ch RCA pre-outs, along with a front-panel headphone jack.
Phono Input: The Yamaha RX-A870 AV receiver features a dedicated Phono (MM) input for connecting your turntable and listening to your vinyl records.
Front-Panel Aux Input: The RX-A870 features a front-panel Aux input (3.5mm) for connecting your portable audio player with a headphone output.
HDMI 2.0a: The Yamaha RX-A870 AV receiver is fitted with eight HDMI 2.0a inputs (7 rear/1 front) and two HDMI 2.0a outputs that support the latest HDMI standards; such as 4K/60Hz, 4:4:4 color subsampling, HDR (High Dynamic Range), & Wide Color Gamut (BT.2020). The receiver's HDMI 1-3 inputs and both HDMI outputs also support HDCP 2.2 for full support of today's 4K content from Ultra HD Blu-ray, online video services (like Amazon & Netflix), and future TV broadcast services.
Note: Use a premium high-speed 18Gbps HDMI cable for the best 4K/HDR performance.
HDR (High Dynamic Range): The Yamaha RX-A870 support HDR (high dynamic range) Video - including HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid Log-Gamma. HDR (High Dynamic Range Video) provides enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image. HDR reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, creating greater contrast. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth.
Note: Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma will be available via future firmware update (no eta).
4K Video Upscaling: The Yamaha RX-A870 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. Only the receiver's main HDMI output is capable of video upconversion & upscaling; the sub HDMI output does not support video upconversion or upscaling.
Dual HDMI Outputs: The receiver's two HDMI outputs are parallel, so the same HDMI audio/video signal is output through both and can be used simultaneously (video is output at the resolution supported by both TVs).
Other HDMI Features: The Yamaha RX-A870 AV receiver's HDMI connectivity also offers 3D video pass-through, ARC (Audio Return Channel), Deep Color & x.v.Color support, as well as an auto LipSync function.
Analog Video Inputs: The RX-A870 AV receiver is outfitted with one composite video and one component video input. Both the composite and component video inputs only support 480i. These analog video inputs are upscaled (up to 4k) and upconverted to HDMI out to your TV (the receiver has no analog video outputs).
Background Audio/Video: The Background Video feature allows you to watch a video source while listening to a different audio source. With the RX-A870, you can select any video input (HDMI or analog) and listen to audio from any of the receiver's audio sources (including AM/FM tuner, Aux input, USB, Network, or Bluetooth).
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/n; 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, AirPlay, MusicCast, 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+).
Note: Network setup requires that the receiver be connected to your TV via HDMI for display of the on-screen menu. The receiver's network setup cannot be accessed through its front-panel display.
Online Music Services: The Yamaha RX-A870 offers access to Internet Radio through its built-in Airable by TuneIn; your Spotify Premium account through Spotify Connect on your Apple iOS or Android device; and your Pandora, TIDAL, or Deezer music account through Yamaha's MusicCast app.
DLNA + WiFi Direct: The Yamaha RX-A870 AV receiver supports music streaming from WiFi-enabled devices (via WiFi Direct) and DLNA certified devices (via your home network). Supported music files include - WAV/FLAC/AIFF (up to 192kHz/24-bit), ALAC (up to 96kHz/24-bit), MP3/WMA/AAC (up to 48kHz/320kbps), and DSD (2.8/5.6MHz).
AM/FM Tuner: The Yamaha RX-A870 AV receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The RX-A870 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, or Safari 7.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. Check Yamaha's Support Download Site for the most recent firmware updates.
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 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).
Built-in Bluetooth: The Yamaha RX-A870 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR) for wireless communication between Bluetooth-enabled audio source devices, headphones, and speakers. The AV receiver can act as a Bluetooth receiver in order to wirelessly stream music from an audio device, or a Bluetooth transmitter in order to wirelessly stream music to a set of BT-enabled headphones/speakers.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Yamaha AV receiver.
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 a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player (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 devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode. Compatible music files include:
Note: The receiver's USB port does not support Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android smartphones/tablets.
Zone 2 (Line & Speaker Outputs): 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.
Zone 2 Sources: Digital (including optical/coaxial) and analog audio sources (including AM/FM radio); plus Bluetooth, USB, and Network sources can be output to Zone 2. You can have different sources playing in each zone or have the same source playing in both zones.
Note: You cannot select different AM/FM radio stations, different Internet radio stations, or different MusicCast apps for each zone.
Party Mode: The Party Mode allows you to enjoy the AV receiver's Main Zone audio source in Zone 2, simultaneously (regardless of input audio signal types - analog, digital or wireless). During the party mode, stereo playback is automatically selected for all zones. The Main Zone & Zone 2's volume can be adjusted independently. Utilize this function when you want to play back an audio source as background music in two rooms of your home.
HDMI Zone B: The receiver's second HDMI monitor output lets you send the same HDMI audio/video input signal that is being played in the main zone to a second zone (video is output at the resolution supported by both TVs).
MusicCast Wireless Multiroom Audio Streaming: This AV receiver supports Yamaha's MusicCast multiroom audio eco-system, which allows you to wirelessly play back a wide variety of audio sources and content in multiple rooms of your home (additional MusicCast products sold separately). MusicCast works with your home's existing WiFi router and Yamaha's free MusicCast App for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 4.1+. You'll be able to stream the receiver's tuner, inputs, Bluetooth, and network sources to other MusicCast products installed in your home. In addition, you'll be able to stream your MusicCast products' sources to the AV receiver. MusicCast supports the following source content.
- Up to 10 MusicCast devices can be connected to your home's wireless network (802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz).
- If you want to install a MusicCast device to a location that is out of range of your wireless router, connect another MusicCast device to the router with a network cable to extend the range ("Extend Mode").
AV Controller App: Download Yamaha's free AV Controller App on to your Apple (iOS 9.0+) iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android (OS 4.1+) smartphone/tablet 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.
MusicCast App: The free MusicCast app can be downloaded onto your Apple (iOS 9.0+) iPod/iPhone/iPad and Android (OS 4.1+) smartphones/tablets. The MusicCast app puts control of your whole home listening experience in the palm of your hand from your Apple iOS or Android device. You'll be able to quickly select the room or rooms you want to listen to music in, select the source or sources you want to listen to, browse music content from your music library and online music services or Internet Radio, plus control music playback functions.
AV Setup Guide App: Download Yamaha's AV Setup Guide App onto your Apple (iOS 6.0+) iPad or Android (OS 4.0+) tablet 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 Control: The receiver comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of this receiver and other HDMI-connected sources (via HDMI CEC). This newly designed remote control features large buttons for enhanced ease of use.
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.
Remote Connections: The RX-A870 offers a variety of remote connections for custom integration.
Alexa Compatible (Firmware Update Required): Alexa-enabled devices (including the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap and Echo Show) will soon be able to control key functions of a MusicCast system using voice commands. A firmware update (available early 2018), will be available for download that allows key functions of MusicCast products to be controlled using your voice through Alexa-enabled devices (sold separately).
Note: You will need an Alexa-enabled device (Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap, or Echo Show - all sold separately) to operate certain functions of your MusicCast products via voice-command. The MusicCast components and the Alex-enabled devices must be on the same network.
Advanced On-Screen Menu: The RX-A870 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. The front-panel display only offers English.
Note: Initial setup requires that the receiver be connected to your TV via HDMI for display of the on-screen menu. Many of the receiver's setup functions can only be found via the on-screen menu and not the front-panel display.
Scene (for One-Touch Start): The RX-A870 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.
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, AIFF, and ALAC music files via USB or DLNA.
Favorites: You can register up to 40 favorite USB music files, internet radio stations, and/or other network music content as shortcuts ("Favorites") and access them directly. Only the input source will be registered for Bluetooth and AirPlay.
Input Rename & Skip: The receiver automatically creates an input source name that is displayed on the front-panel screen for connected HDMI-compatible sources. You can also manually rename each input so the display reflects the actual source. If an input isn't being used, you can hide it from the display so you don't have to scroll past it when you change sources.
Display Dimmer: You can set the brightness of the front-panel display from -4 to 0.
ECO Mode: When the ECO Mode is enabled, you can reduce the receiver' power consumption by keeping the maximum volume, maximum output power, and front display's brightness low. ECO mode reduces power consumption by approximately 20%.
Timers: The receiver offers a programmable Sleep Timer and Auto Power Down function.
Memory Guard: This feature is used to prevent accidental changes to the DSP program parameter values and other system settings.
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I want to upgrade an old Receiver / amplifier to use with TV and WI-Fi and Blue-ray [ DEAN H Feb 13, 2018 ]
Have a Yamaha receiver that this one is replacing. Getting new receiver with updated features. Yamaha has excellent quality. Information provided by Crutchfield is very valuable in enabling me to make an educated decision on my purchases. [ Rodger Feb 04, 2018 ]
communication features!!! and 4k hdcp 2.2 ready [ Michael Jan 31, 2018 ]
Previous good experience with Yamaha. This model's features. [ Brian Jan 21, 2018 ]
I have had a Yamaha receiver for ~18 years. It is awesome, but 4 moves across 2 continents takes its toll. Some connections are getting dicey. Still works, good sound through my system, but I want HDMI connections, Bluetooth headphone access and streaming. This unit seems to be a good replacement with the features I was looking for. I hope this one lasts another 18 years. [ Stephen Jan 14, 2018 ]
I am replacing an old Yamaha receiver to get one that is up to date. The old one is still good otherwise. [ Ronald Jan 07, 2018 ]
Most inexpensive. In the line with what I needed, pre outs. and it has dolby vision support, and good reviews. Was going for the Onkyo rz810 but was worried about the hdmi reliabilty and dolby vision support or possible lack of. Dolby vision on 4k discs is quite amazing [ Billy Nov 30, 2017 ]
I wanted an A/V receiver that could play audio in two zones, and also wifi for streaming [ James Oct 24, 2017 ]
My Marantz sr7005 died last night I need a quick replacement... I have had most brands since I was a teenager and I have never had a yamaha..I have known about this company for a long time and I know they are very reputable and I read good reviews about it...so I am giving it a try...my first choice was the denon x6300h or the yamaha rx1070, but i figured to start with this one first... [ Rey P. Sep 19, 2017 ]
Crutchfield expert recommendation... [ LaVenus Sep 18, 2017 ]
I use separate amplifiers, so I needed a reciever with multi-channel pre-amp outputs. I selected the least expensive receiver in the AVENTAGE line that included all the features I required. This saved me a good bit of money. The inclusion of 4k and dolby-atmos means I may not have to upgrade again for a long time. [ Robert Sep 15, 2017 ]
I purchased the Yamaha Aventage RX-A770 for a room that needs only one HDMI output. The unit has worked out great! Excellent sound quality with no boomy sound like competitor models. Video pass-through is excellent and supports the latest 4K standards, including HDR. The model RX-870 is upgrade from the A770, and has two HDMI outputs that will be needed for the room its going. I've tried Denon, Sony and Onkyo new models that came out in May and June. Not as good as Yamaha. I waited for the best! [ G Jul 06, 2017 ]
Sorry, but as of today I haven't setup the receiver. it's still in the box. [ GABRIEL Jan 12, 2018 ]
Sorry, no. The Yamaha RX-A873 will not "downmix" a multi-channel digital input signal into a stereo analog audio output for recording. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly by phone or through our online chat service: https://www.crutchfield.com/support/ContactUs.aspx [ Ryan Nov 15, 2017 ] Staff
Both the 870 & 1070 will support HDR Video including HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid Log-Gamma. HDR-10 is supported out of the box and both Dolby Vision & HLG support will be added via a Firmware update. At this time, there is no ETA for the update. [ Ryan Oct 30, 2017 ] Staff
The best I could offer would be a guess, but I can tell you that I have been completely happy with my A-1070 and wouldn't change a thing. I considered the A-870 before purchasing and feel confident that you can't go wrong with either product. I'm on my third Yamaha receiver over the last thirty years and have never been disappointed. [ Michael Oct 28, 2017 ]
A "5.1.2 + Bi-amp" configuration would require 9 channels of amplification, while the Yamaha RX-A870 receiver only offers a maximum of 7 at one time. When using the "Dolby Atmos + Zone 2" configuration and Zone 2 is OFF, all 7 channels from the receiver are directed to the 5.1.2 system. However when Zone 2 is turned ON, power to the Overhead/Dolby Atmos speakers will be cut off and directed to your Zone 2 speakers; limiting you to 5.1 surround in the main room. For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! My bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/advisors/larry [ Larry Aug 17, 2017 ] Staff
Blaine, While I can appreciate what you would like to do, I personally think it's not worth even trying. My best recommendation is to talk with a Crutchfield technical support person about exactly what it is you would like to try and do-and get that person's opinion. [ David Jul 18, 2017 ]
The RX-A870 does not allow you to select which channels go out the HDMI port. You can only control if audio us sent out the HDMI port. [ George Jul 18, 2017 ]
No but I bought the A770 I have a 60" lg I don't know about your vizio speakers the ones in the lg are not very good you will be a lot happier with a good center channel speaker [ Michael Jul 17, 2017 ]
No they can not. [ JAMES Jul 17, 2017 ]
I moved from an Onkyo receiver to the Yahama A770 and its been amazing sound quality with no change to my speakers which are Polk center channel and bookshelves that I've had for almost 10 years (from Crutchfields). I don't think you can go with your proposed solution of using your TV speakers; nor, understand why you would want to after making such an investment in your TV. If you think about it, the quality of your TV speaker will come nowhere close to a decent center channel speaker. Furthermore if possible, I suspect you would blow out your TV speakers when watching any decent action movie. My suggestion is to get your bait and rod and go fish. You won't be sorry. [ Kurt Jul 17, 2017 ]
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Zone 2 HDMI output allows you to watch different video content simultaneously on two TVs
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