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Video: Yamaha Aventage home theater receivers

Power your home theater and MusicCast systems

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Yamaha's Aventage line of home theater receivers offer you lots of different ways to power the home theater and music speakers in your home. They give you plenty of channels, power, and wireless capability, and we've always been fans of how Yamaha's stuff sounds.

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Hey I'm JR and I'm here today with the Yamaha Aventage line of home theater receivers. We're gonna talk about the whole line, everything from the RX-A680 to the top-of-the-line RX-A3080. I'm gonna give you all the details on what's different about each model, but first let's talk about the common features. They all have, of course, things you would expect. A phono input for your record player, built-in Wi-Fi so you can play music from your computers, including high res stuff, Bluetooth, AirPlay, Yamaha MusicCast, which is their pretty robust multi-room music system built right into the receivers. Also there's a little microphone, and you can have the system measure your room acoustically and make it sound perfect. You can also use system sound like a jazz club or a concert hall, so these are Yamaha specific stuff you won't find on other receivers. In addition to that they're compatible with Alexa, so if you have an Alexa in the room you can just speak commands to it and you'll be able to control your Yamaha receiver from Alexa.

Now let's talk about what's different as you go up the line, spend a little bit more money. Starting off with the RX-A680, it's already a seven point two channel receiver, so seven channels of power, 80 watts each, and you can hook up two subwoofers with it. There's four HDMI ins and one out, and there's a zone B so if you wanted to hook up a pair of speakers in another area of your home and play the same thing that's playing in the first zone, you can do that.

As you move up to the RX-A780 you're gonna get a little bit more power, about 95 watts instead of 80, so you can drive even bigger speakers. You'll have an extra HDMI output and an input so you can hook up more stuff, and maybe even hook up two TVs if you wanted to. There's also a true second zone output, which means you can play different things in zone 2 then you might be playing on your main zone, and you can have speakers hooked up in zone 2 as well as a full 7.2 home theater system hooked up at the same time. You can just choose whether you're going to have surround back speakers playing or your zone 2 speakers playing so it's a convenience feature for connecting all your speakers at the same time.

When you move up to the RX-A880, once again you're getting even more power, and now we're up to a hundred watts per channel. More hdmi inputs, seven, so there's really more inputs than most people will need, and now you have 7.2 preamp output so if the power in the receiver isn't quite enough for you, if you just want to hook up extra amplifiers you have preamp outputs, so you can do that. And that's true all the way the rest of the way down the line.

So the next one is the RX-A1080. Again, more power. Yamaha is all about you spend more money, they're gonna give you more power. We're up to 110 watts now. We also have a third HDMI output, which means you can send video out to up to three different TVs at the same time, and one of those would also be a zone two HDMI output, so TVs in different locations now becomes a reality for you. Also, the digital to analog converter built into the 1080 is a step-up it's an ESS SABRE DAC, which if you know anything about D to A converters, that's pretty top-of-the-line stuff.

Moving on to the RX-A2080, more channels of power. So now you have a 9.2. You can go a full amplified nine speakers with a hundred and forty watts of power, so Yamaha is really giving you a lot of juice here so you can really drive some big speakers. They also have a full room for source output. Those top-of-the-line DACs I just mentioned, well now there's two of them in there.

Lastly, we're moving up to the RX-A3080. Once again, more power. You are noticing a theme here, right? It's a hundred and fifty watts, 9 channels for your speakers. You can still hook up two subwoofers, and they've upgraded the DAC to the ESS Sabre Premiere Pro, so the DACs get even better. And lastly, one other kind of cool thing is if you wanted to hook up amplifiers and use balanced connections using an XLR connection, you can do that for your front left and right speakers, and has XLR inputs for a high-res source with a balanced output and XLR outputs if you wanted to go to a really powerful amp for your front left and right speakers.

That's it, that's a great line of home theater receivers. Aventage from Yamaha. We were pretty impressed as always with Yamaha gear. If you have any questions about these receivers or anything else, give us a call, Advisors are ready to help you either on the phones or by a chat, or send us an email. Thank you so much.

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