Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A Detailed Comparison

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A

Yamaha RX-V4A

SCORE:
88
SCORE:
79

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 8K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, MusicCast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

Highlights

  • 5.2 channels
  • 5.1 channel processing
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 8K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, MusicCast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Overview

Here we are comparing Yamaha Aventage 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 Aventage RX-A2A has 7 channel and the Yamaha RX-V4A has 5 channel amplifiers with Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A's being more powerful.

We have evaluated both receivers. Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A

Yamaha RX-V4A

AMPLIFIER
89
VIDEO FEATURES
98
AUDIO FEATURES
87
CONNECTIVITY
86
MULTIZONE
79
MISCELLANEOUS
71
RADIO
97
OVERALL
88
AMPLIFIER
79
VIDEO FEATURES
98
AUDIO FEATURES
72
CONNECTIVITY
82
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
51
RADIO
97
OVERALL
79

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A

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

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, more zones and bigger power supply. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. It has DTS Dialog Control, phono input and analog pre-outs.

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
More Channels 7.2 vs 5.2
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
Phono Input vs
More Analog Pre-Outs 2.2 vs 0.2
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
Detachable Power Cord 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
Longer Warranty 3 Years vs 2 Years
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)

Advantage of Yamaha RX-V4A

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

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, more zones and bigger power supply. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. It has DTS Dialog Control, phono input and analog pre-outs.

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
Dolby Pro Logic vs PLII

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

PROS
👍   Bi-amp Capability
👍   Dolby TrueHD
👍   Dolby Digital Plus
👍   DTS Neo
👍   DTS-HD Master Audio
👍   DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
👍   DTS 96/24
👍   High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network
👍   Gapless Playback
👍   DSD via HDMI
👍   DSD via USB
👍   Dialog Level Adjustment
👍   Compressed Music Enhancer
👍   Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)
👍   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
👍   HDR10
👍   HDR10+
👍   BT.2020 color space
👍   Dolby Vision
👍   HLG
👍   QMS
👍   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
👍   VRR
👍   QFT
👍   3-D Ready
👍   4K or 8K Video Passthrough
👍   4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
👍   MusicCast
👍   Works with Amazon Alexa
👍   Google assistant
👍   Ethernet
👍   Wi-Fi
👍   Bluetooth
👍   eARC
👍   New HDCP Version
👍   USB Input
👍   Zones
👍   Analog Tuner
👍   Pandora
👍   Spotify
👍   Tidal
👍   Deezer
👍   Napster
👍   SiriusXM Internet Radio
👍   New Bluetooth Version
CONS
👍   No Front Wide Channel Support
👍   No DTS Virtual:X
👍   No IMAX Enhanced
👍   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
👍   No High-resolution Music Enhancer
👍   No Chromecast Built-In
👍   Does Not Work with SONOS
👍   Few HDMI Outputs
👍   Few Analog Audio Line Inputs
👍   No Composite Video Inputs
👍   No Component Video Inputs
👍   No Multi-Channel Input

Amplifier

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A has 7 channel and Yamaha RX-V4A has 5 channel amplifiers. Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A delivers 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Yamaha RX-V4A delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and they both have stable performance at 4 Ω load. Since 2016 all receiver manufacturers have dropped front wide channel support and these models are no exceptions.


Video Features

Both receivers support 8K passthrough up to 60p. They both do 4K upscaling up to 60p. The receivers support HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision and HDR10+

Dolby Vision and HDR10+ are both updates to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and support up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

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.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A supports DTS:X. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is an 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.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A and Yamaha RX-V4A feature Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) which automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialog and 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.


Connectivity

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with Amazon Alexa and supports AirPlay 2. It has 7 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.3 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 2.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has USB input.

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Yamaha RX-V4A

Yamaha RX-V4A can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with Amazon Alexa and supports AirPlay 2. It has 4 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.3 copy protection.

Front panel has USB input.

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Side by Side Comparison

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A and here - Yamaha RX-V4A.

BASICS Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
BrandYamahavsYamaha
ModelRX-A2AvsRX-V4A
TypeA/V ReceivervsA/V Receiver
CountryUSAvsUSA
Release Year2020vs2020
AMPLIFIER Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
Channels7.2vs5.2
Front Wide Channel Supportvs
THX™ Certificationvs
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedvs
Certified 4 Ω Performancevs
Bi-amp Capabilityvs
AUDIO Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
Surround:AI™vs
DACBurr-Brown PCM5102AvsBurr-Brown PCM5101A
Maximum Channel Processing7.1vs5.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationvs
Dolby Atmosvs
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationvs
Dolby TrueHDvs
Dolby Digital Plusvs
Dolby Surround Upmixervs
Dolby Pro Logicvs PLII
Dolby Digital EXvs
DTS:Xvs
DTS Neural:Xvs
DTS Virtual:Xvs
DTS Neo Neo:6vs Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audiovs
DTS-HD High Resolution Audiovs
DTS 96/24vs
DTS Expressvs
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1vs
IMAX Enhancedvs
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixervs
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSDvsMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz/32 Bitvs up to 192 kHz/32 Bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSDvsApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBvs
Gapless Playbackvs
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Inputvs 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Convertervs
USB DACvs
DTS Dialog Controlvs
Dialog Level Adjustmentvs
Dialog Normalizationvs
Dialogue Liftvs
Compressed Music Enhancervs
High-resolution Music Enhancervs
Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)vs
Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Settingvs
Audyssey Dynamic EQvs
Audyssey Dynamic Volumevs
Audyssey LFCvs
Audyssey Sub EQ HTvs
Audyssey DSXvs
Straight Decoding Modevs
Pure Direct Modevs
CINEMA DSPvs
DSP Programs17vs17
SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSPvs
Virtual Speakers including surround backvs
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputvs
CALIBRATION Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization with Multipoint Measurementvs YPAO sound optimization
YPAO Volumevs
VIDEO Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
HDR10vs
HDR10+vs
BT.2020 color spacevs
Dolby Visionvs
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)vs
QMS (Quick Media Switching)vs
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)vs
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)vs
QFT (Quick Frame transport)vs
3-D Readyvs
Video Signal Passthroughup to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4vsup to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 60p 4:4:4vs up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversionvs
Component Video Upscalingvs
Analog to Analog Video conversionvs
isf Certified Calibration Controlvs
CONNECTIVITY Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
MHL Inputvs
FireConnectvs
FlareConnectvs
MusicCastvs
Chromecast Built-Invs
DTS Play-Fivs
Works with Amazon Alexavs
Google assistantvs
Works with SONOSvs
AirPlay AirPlay 2vs AirPlay 2
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPadvs iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App (iPhone® / iPad® / Android™ phone / tablet)vs (iPhone® / iPad® / Android™ phone / tablet)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevuevs
Ethernetvs
Ethernet Switchvs
Wi-Fivs
Bluetooth SBC, AACvs SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatiblevs
Enhanced ARCvs
HDCP Version2.3vs2.3
HDMI Input7vs4
HDMI Output1vs1
USB InputUSB memory, Portable Audio PlayervsUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
USB DC Out Portvs
Analog Audio Line Input3vs3
Analog Audio Line Outputvs
Phono Inputvs
Optical In1vs1
Optical Outvs
Coaxial In/Out1 / vs1 /
Composite Video Inputvs
Composite Video Outputvs
S-Video Inputvs
S-Video Outputvs
Component Video Inputvs
Component Video Outputvs
PC Invs
Multi-Channel Inputvs
Analog Pre-Outs2.2vs0.2
XLR Inputsvs
XLR Pre-outsvs
Front A/V InputsUSBvsUSB
Speaker A/Bvs
Headphone Out 6.3 mmvs 6.3 mm
ZONES Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
Zones2vs1
Zone B Video Outputvs
RS-232vs
+12V Trigger Output1vs
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1vs0 / 0
Party Modevs
MISC Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
On-Screen DisplayGraphical User InterfacevsGraphical User Interface
SCENESCENE (8 sets)vsSCENE (4 sets)
Web Browser Controlvs
PreAmp Modevs
Remote Controllervs
Detachable Power Cordvs
dockportvs
RADIO Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
Analog Tuner FM/AMvs FM/AM
Presets40vs40
Digital Radiovs
Internet Radiovs
Pandoravs
Spotifyvs
Tidalvs
Deezervs
Napstervs
SiriusXM Internet Radiovs
CONSTRUCTION Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
A.R.T. Wedgevs
Speaker Terminals9vs5
Large Speaker Terminals9vs5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsvs
Gold plated RCA terminalsvs
POWER Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzvsAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption360 Wvs260 W
Standby Power0.1 Wvs0.1 W
GENERAL Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionvs
Auto Power Standbyvs
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 171 mm x 372 mm (with antenna: 435 mm x 245 mm x 372 mm)
17-1/8" x 6-3/4" x 14-5/8" (with antenna up: 17-1/8" x 9-5/8" x 14-5/8")
vs435 mm x 171 mm x 377 mm (with antenna: 435 mm x 245 mm x 377 mm)
17-1/8" x 6-3/4" x 14-7/8" (with antenna up: 17-1/8" x 9-5/8" x 14-7/8")
Weight10.2 kg (22.5 lbs)vs8.8 kg (19.4 lbs)
Warranty3 Yearsvs2 Years
SPECS Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V4A
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2100 W (0.06% THD)vs80 W (0.06% THD)
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2105 W (0.9% THD)vs95 W (0.9% THD)
Rated Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)125 W (0.9% THD)vs115 W (0.9% THD)
Maximum Effective Output Power (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven, JEITA)150 W (10% THD)vs140 W (10% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)160 W (10% THD)vs145 W (10% THD)
THD0.04% (AUDIO 3 etc. to Front, Pure Direct, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 50 W, 8 Ω)vs0.04% (AUDIO 3 etc. to Front, Pure Direct, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 40 W, 8 Ω)
Damping Factor100 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)vs100 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩvs200 mV/47 kΩ
Maximum Input Sensitivity (Line)2.4 V (1 kHz, 0.5% THD)vs2.4 V (1 kHz, 0.5% THD)
Rated Preout Level and Impedance1.0 V/470 Ωvs1.0 V/470Ω (Subwoofer)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)110 dBvs110 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+0/-3 dB (AUDIO 3 etc. to Front, Pure Direct, 10 Hz to 100 kHz)vs+0/-3 dB (AUDIO 3 etc. to Front, Pure Direct, 10 Hz to 100 kHz)
Residual Noise (IHF-A Network)150 µV (Speaker Out)vs150 µV (Speaker Out)
Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (LINE)70 dB/50 dBvs70 dB/50 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHzvs2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHzvs11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TXvs10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/acvsIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency2.4 GHz, 5 GHzvs2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version4.2vs4.2
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHzvs2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5 V, 1 AvsUSB2.0 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHzvs87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)vsMono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 69 dB/68 dBvsMono/Stereo: 69 dB/68 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%vsMono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1710 kHzvs530 kHz - 1710 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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