Yamaha RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A

      Highlights

      • 7.2 Channels
      • 7.1 Channel Processing
      • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • HDMI 2.1
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
      • 8K Passthrough, 4K/60Hz Upscaling
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
      • Phono Input

      Highlights

      • 5.2 Channels
      • 5.1 Channel Processing
      • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • HDMI 2.1
      • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
      • 8K Passthrough, 4K/60Hz Upscaling
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet

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      1. Overview

      Here we are comparing Yamaha RX-A2A to Yamaha RX-V4A to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. The Yamaha RX-A2A has 7 channel and the Yamaha RX-V4A has 5 channel amplifiers with Yamaha RX-A2A's being more powerful.


      Yamaha RX-A2A Yamaha RX-V4A

      Yamaha RX-A2A was introduced in 2020. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz and upscales up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 video signal.

      Yamaha RX-V4A was introduced in 2020. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier with 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz and 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing. It , passes 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz and upscales up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 video signal.


      We evaluated Yamaha RX-A2A and Yamaha RX-V4A and gave them scores of 89 and 80 out of 100 recpectively. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

      Yamaha RX-A2A

      Yamaha RX-V4A

      Amplifier
      88
      Amplifier
      78
      Audio Features
      86
      Audio Features
      69
      Video Features
      99
      Video Features
      99
      Connectivity
      86
      Connectivity
      82
      Zones
      79
      Zones
      55
      Radio
      97
      Radio
      97
      OVERALL
      89
      OVERALL
      80

      For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluations section.

      2. Pros and Cons

      In this section we present pros and cons of Yamaha RX-A2A and Yamaha RX-V4A.

      PROS

      Yamaha RX-A2A

      Yamaha RX-V4A

      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   DTS:X
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   HDMI 2.1
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
      •   VRR
      •   QFT
      •   8K Passthrough
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   Google Assistant
      •   7 HDMI Inputs
      •   7 8K Inputs
      •   USB Input
      •   Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   HDMI 2.1
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
      •   VRR
      •   QFT
      •   8K Passthrough
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   Google Assistant
      •   4 8K Inputs
      •   USB Input
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

      CONS

      Yamaha RX-A2A

      Yamaha RX-V4A

      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Composite Video Inputs
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   Few Channels - 5.2
      •   Low Power Output - 80 W
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   5.1 Channel Processing
      •   No Dolby Atmos
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No DTS:X
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   4 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   No Composite Video Inputs
      •   No Zones
      •   No Digital Radio


      And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

      AVERAGE

      Yamaha RX-A2A

      Yamaha RX-V4A

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   Power Output - 100 W
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   2 Zones
      •   Bluetooth 4․2
      •   Bluetooth 4․2

      3. Advantage of Yamaha RX-A2A

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha RX-A2A over Yamaha RX-V4A.

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      Yamaha RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
      More Channels 7.2 vs 5.2
      Higher Power Output 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Certified 4 Ω Performance vs
      More Channel Processing 7.1 vs 5.1
      Dolby Atmos vs
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
      Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
      DTS:X vs
      DTS Neural:X vs
      DTS Express vs
      DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 vs
      DTS Dialog Control vs
      Dialog Normalization vs
      Dialogue Lift vs
      More HDMI Inputs 7 vs 4
      More 8K Inputs 7 vs 4
      Phono Input vs
      More RCA Pre-Outs 2.2 vs 0.2
      Detachable Power Cord vs
      More Zones 2 vs 1
      +12V Trigger Output 1 vs
      Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 1 vs 0 / 0
      Party Mode vs
      More Scenes SCENE (8 sets) vs SCENE (4 sets)
      Web Control vs
      A.R.T. Wedge vs
      More Speaker Terminals 9 vs 5
      More Large Speaker Terminals 9 vs 5
      Bigger Power Supply 360 W vs 260 W
      Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 100 W (0.06% THD) vs 80 W (0.06% THD)
      Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC) 105 W (0.9% THD) vs 95 W (0.9% THD)
      Higher Rated Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven) 125 W (0.9% THD) vs 115 W (0.9% THD)
      Higher Maximum Effective Output Power (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven, JEITA) 150 W (10% THD) vs 140 W (10% THD)
      Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 160 W (10% THD) vs 145 W (10% THD)
      Longer Warranty 3 Years vs 2 Years
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      4. Advantage of Yamaha RX-V4A

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha RX-V4A over Yamaha RX-A2A.

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      5. Common Strengths and Weaknesses

      We already listed pros and cons of each model. However, you may also find useful to look at their common strengths and weaknesses shown side-by-side.

      STRENGTHS Yamaha RX-A2A Yamaha RX-V4A
        DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization with Multipoint Measurement YPAO sound optimization
        HDR10
        HDR10+
        Dolby Vision
        HDMI Version2.12.1
        eARC
        New HDCP Version2.32.3
        Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
        VRR
        QFT
        8K Passthroughup to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4
        Wi-Fi
        Bluetooth SBC, AAC SBC, AAC
        Works with Amazon Alexa
        Google Assistant
        Many 8K Inputs74
        USB InputUSB memory, Portable Audio PlayerUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
        Ethernet
        Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
        Pandora
        Spotify
        Tidal
      WEAKNESSES Yamaha RX-A2A Yamaha RX-V4A
        No Front Wide Channel Support
        No IMAX Enhanced
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        Few HDMI Outputs11
        Few RCA Line Inputs33
        No Composite Video Inputs
        No Digital Radio

      6. Amplifier

      Yamaha RX-A2A Yamaha RX-V4A

      7 channel Amplifier: Yamaha RX-A2A features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

      5 channel Amplifier: Yamaha RX-V4A features 5 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).



        AMPLIFIER Yamaha RX-A2A Yamaha RX-V4A
        Channels7.25.2
        Power Output100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
        Front Wide Channel Support
        THX™ Certification
        Continuous 6 Ω Rated
        Certified 4 Ω Performance
        Bi-amp Capability

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        7. Speaker Configurations

        Yamaha RX-A2A's and Yamaha RX-V4A's amplifiers can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

        • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
        • Yamaha RX-A2A: 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Yamaha RX-V4A: Not supported.
        • DTS:X Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for DTS:X:
        • Yamaha RX-A2A: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos - 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Yamaha RX-V4A: Not supported.
        • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
        • Yamaha RX-A2A: 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Yamaha RX-V4A: 5.2 with internal amplifier.
        • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Both models are able to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.

        8. Immersive Audio Formats

        Dolby Atmos

        Yamaha RX-A2A supports Dolby Atmos.

        • Dolby Surround Upmixer: Yamaha RX-A2A supports Dolby Surround Upmixer. If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.
        • Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization: Yamaha RX-A2A supports Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization which is a digital signal processing solution that leverages Dolby's deep understanding of human audio perception to create the sensation of overhead sound from the listener-level speakers.

        DTS:X

        Yamaha RX-A2A supports DTS:X.

        • DTS Neural:X: Yamaha RX-A2A supports DTS Neural:X which is an advanced upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.
        • DTS Dialog Control: Yamaha RX-A2A supports DTS Dialog Control. This function adjusts the dialog levels during playback of the DTS:X stream. It allows you to separately increase the dialog levels in contrast with the background sound and hear dialog easily even under noisy circumstances.
        AUDIO DECODING Yamaha RX-A2A Yamaha RX-V4A
        Dolby Atmos
        Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        Dolby Atmos Music
        Dolby TrueHD
        Dolby Digital Plus
        Dolby Surround Upmixer
        Dolby Pro Logic PLII
        Dolby Digital EX
        DTS:X
        DTS Neural:X
        DTS Virtual:X
        DTS Neo Neo:6 Neo:6
        DTS-HD Master Audio
        DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
        DTS 96/24
        DTS Express
        DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
        IMAX Enhanced
        Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer

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        9. HDMI 2.1

        Yamaha RX-A2A comes with 7 HDMI 2.1 inputs with 8K support. It has 1 output.

        Yamaha RX-V4A comes with 4 HDMI 2.1 inputs with 8K support. It has 1 output.

        • 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz Passthrough on Yamaha RX-A2A: All inputs pass up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 video signal.
          8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz Passthrough on Yamaha RX-V4A: All inputs pass up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 video signal.
        • 4K Upscaling: Both receivers can upscale up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 from HDMI sources.
        • BT.2020 Color Space: BT.2020 or Rec. 2020 is a color standard which delivers a wider color gamut compared to Rec. 709. It covers approximately 75% of the total visual spectrum while the Rec. 709 covers only 35% (available on both models).
        • HDCP 2.3 Copy Protection: Both receivers are HDCP 2.3 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
        • Quick Media Switching (QMS): With HDMI 2.1a, Quick Media Switching for movies and video uses the HDMI VRR mechanism to eliminate the blackout period when an HDMI Source device switches its video mode. As long as the resolution remains the same and only the frame rate changes, QMS will instantly switch between frame rates. QMS eliminates A/V blackouts by using VRR technology to change frame rates, allowing instant changes from 24Hz to 60Hz frame rate, and anywhere in-between. The viewer never sees blank screens and gets a seamless experience (available on both models).
        • 3D Ready: Both receivers are able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

        HDR (High Dynamic Range)

        Both receivers support HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma. High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.


        Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)

        Yamaha RX-A2A and Yamaha RX-V4A support Audio Return Channel (ARC) which allows the compatible TV to send audio signal to the a/v receiver through the same HDMI cable which is used to send audio and video signals to the TV. So one HDMI cable is used to transfer audio signal in both directions. New Enhanced ARC will support uncompressed audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio whereas the previous ARC could support only Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and PCM.


        Gaming Features

        Both receivers support Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT) for lag-free and smooth gaming.



        VIDEO FEATURES Yamaha RX-A2A Yamaha RX-V4A
        HDR10
        HDR10+
        Dynamic HDR
        BT.2020 color space
        Dolby Vision
        HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
        HDMI Version2.12.1
        HDBaseT Compatible
        Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
        HDCP Version2.32.3
        QMS (Quick Media Switching)
        ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
        VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
        QFT (Quick Frame transport)
        3-D Ready
        Video Signal Passthroughup to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4
        Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 up to 4K 60p 4:4:4

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        10. Inputs and Outputs

        Audio

        • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input on Yamaha RX-A2A with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the receiver.
        • Analog Pre-Outs: Yamaha RX-A2A has 2.2 preamplifier outputs which allows you to connect the receiver to the external power amplifier. You may want to use a high quality external amplifier for certain channels, usually for front L/R and center, and use the receiver to power the rest.
        • Analog Line Inputs: There are 3 pair of line inputs on both receivers for connecting sources with analog outputs.
        • Digital Inputs: 1 optical input and 1 coaxial input are available for digital audio connections on both receivers.
        • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel of each receiver.

        Video

        • HDMI:
        • Yamaha RX-A2A
          Inputs:
          7   Outputs: 1
          8K Inputs: 7.
        • Yamaha RX-V4A
          Inputs:
          4   Outputs: 1
          8K Inputs: 4.

        Front A/V Inputs

        • Yamaha RX-A2A: USB
        • Yamaha RX-V4A: USB

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        Yamaha RX-V4A

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        TERMINALS Yamaha RX-A2A Yamaha RX-V4A
        HDMI Inputs74
        HDMI Outputs11
        8K Inputs74
        USB InputUSB memory, Portable Audio PlayerUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
        USB DC Out Port
        Optical Inputs11
        Optical Outputs
        Coaxial Inputs11
        RCA Line Inputs33
        RCA Line Outputs
        XLR Line Inputs
        Phono Input
        Multi-Channel Input
        RCA Pre-Outs2.20.2
        XLR Pre-outs
        Composite Video Inputs
        Composite Video Outputs
        S-Video Inputs
        S-Video Outputs
        Component Video Inputs
        Component Video Outputs

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        11. Evaluations

        We evaluated Yamaha RX-A2A and Yamaha RX-V4A and gave them scores of 89 and 80 out of 100 recpectively. We also gave separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


        Yamaha RX-A2A

        Yamaha RX-V4A

        OVERALL
        89
        OVERALL
        80

        Amplifier

        EXCELLENT
        88
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   Power Output - 100 W
        GOOD
        78
        •   Few Channels - 5.2
        •   Low Power Output - 80 W

        Audio Features

        EXCELLENT
        86
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   7.1 Channel Processing
        •   Dolby Atmos
        •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   DTS:X
        •   No IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   DSD via HDMI
        AVERAGE
        69
        •   Few Channels - 5.2
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   5.1 Channel Processing
        •   No Dolby Atmos
        •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   No DTS:X
        •   No IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   DSD via HDMI

        Video Features

        EXCELLENT
        99
        •   HDR10
        •   HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   HDMI 2.1
        •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
        •   VRR
        •   QFT
        •   8K Passthrough
        EXCELLENT
        99
        •   HDR10
        •   HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   HDMI 2.1
        •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
        •   VRR
        •   QFT
        •   8K Passthrough

        Connectivity

        EXCELLENT
        86
        •   eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Works with Amazon Alexa
        •   Google Assistant
        •   7 HDMI Inputs
        •   1 HDMI Outputs
        •   7 8K Inputs
        •   USB Input
        •   Few RCA Line Inputs
        •   Phono Input
        •   RCA Pre-Outs
        •   No Composite Video Inputs
        •   Ethernet
        •   Bluetooth 4․2
        GOOD
        82
        •   eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Works with Amazon Alexa
        •   Google Assistant
        •   4 HDMI Inputs
        •   1 HDMI Outputs
        •   4 8K Inputs
        •   USB Input
        •   Few RCA Line Inputs
        •   No Phono Input
        •   No RCA Pre-Outs
        •   No Composite Video Inputs
        •   Ethernet
        •   Bluetooth 4․2

        Zones

        GOOD
        79
        •   2 Zones
        AVERAGE
        55
        •   No Zones

        Radio

        EXCELLENT
        97
        •   Analog Tuner
        •   Pandora
        •   Spotify
        •   Tidal
        EXCELLENT
        97
        •   Analog Tuner
        •   Pandora
        •   Spotify
        •   Tidal

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