Yamaha RX-A860 vs Yamaha RX-A880

       
       

      Highlights

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

      Highlights

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

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      1. Overview

      Here we are comparing Yamaha RX-A860 to Yamaha RX-A880 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. Both receivers have 7 channel and equally powerful amplifiers.


      Yamaha RX-A860 Yamaha RX-A880

      Yamaha RX-A860 was introduced in 2016. 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 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 video signal.

      Yamaha RX-A880 was introduced in 2018. 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 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 video signal.


      We evaluated Yamaha RX-A860 and Yamaha RX-A880 and gave them scores of 88 and 89 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-A860

      Yamaha RX-A880

      Amplifier
      89
      Amplifier
      89
      Audio Features
      84
      Audio Features
      85
      Video Features
      95
      Video Features
      95
      Connectivity
      87
      Connectivity
      88
      Zones
      81
      Zones
      82
      Radio
      92
      Radio
      97
      OVERALL
      88
      OVERALL
      89

      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-A860 and Yamaha RX-A880.

      PROS

      Yamaha RX-A860

      Yamaha RX-A880

      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   DTS:X
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   8 HDMI Inputs
      •   USB Input
      •   Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   DTS:X
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   Google Assistant
      •   7 HDMI Inputs
      •   USB Input
      •   Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

      CONS

      Yamaha RX-A860

      Yamaha RX-A880

      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No eARC
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   0 8K Input
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   No Tidal
      •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   0 8K Input
      •   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-A860

      Yamaha RX-A880

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   Power Output - 100 W
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   2 HDMI Outputs
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   7.2 Channels
      •   Power Output - 100 W
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   2 HDMI Outputs
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   Bluetooth 4․2

      3. Advantage of Yamaha RX-A860

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha RX-A860 over Yamaha RX-A880.

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      Yamaha RX-A860 vs Yamaha RX-A880
      Dolby Pro Logic PLIIx vs
      Dolby Digital EX vs
      Component Video Maximum Resolution 1080i vs 480i/576i
      More HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) vs 7
      More RCA Line Inputs 5 (1 front) vs 4 (1 front)
      More Composite Video Inputs 5 (1 front) vs 1
      More Composite Video Outputs 1 vs
      More Component Video Inputs 2 vs 1
      More Component Video Outputs 1 vs
      Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB, Analog Audio, Composite Video vs USB, mini-jack Audio
      Better Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (LINE) 75 dB/50 dB vs 70 dB/50 dB

      4. Advantage of Yamaha RX-A880

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha RX-A880 over Yamaha RX-A860.

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      Yamaha RX-A860 vs Yamaha RX-A880
      Higher DAC Specs 192 kHz/24 Bit vs 384 kHz/32 Bit
      Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz vs up to 192 kHz/32 Bit
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs via future firmware update
      Newer HDCP Version 2.2 vs 2.3
      AirPlay AirPlay vs AirPlay 2 via firmware update
      Zone 2 Outs Line output vs RCA Preout
      More Scenes SCENE (4 sets) vs SCENE (8 sets)
      Tidal vs
      Deezer vs
      Higher S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 95 dB vs 96 dB
      Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz vs 11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
      Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 b/g/n vs IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
      Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 2.4 GHz vs 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
      Newer Bluetooth Version 2․1 + EDR vs 4․2

      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-A860 Yamaha RX-A880
        Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
        DTS:X up to 5.1.2
        DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement) YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement)
        HDR10
        Dolby Vision
        New HDCP Version2.22.3
        Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite Component**, Composite
        Wi-Fi with Wireless Direct
        Bluetooth SBC, AAC SBC, AAC
        Works with Amazon Alexa on MusicCast (Voice control using your Alexa device like Echo, Dot, Tap and Show) on MusicCast (Voice control using your Alexa device like Echo or Echo Dot)
        Many HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)7
        USB InputUSB memory, portable audio playerUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
        Phono Input
        RCA Pre-Outs7.27.2
        Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)1
        Component Video Inputs21
        Ethernet
        Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
        Pandora
        Spotify
      WEAKNESSES Yamaha RX-A860 Yamaha RX-A880
        No Front Wide Channel Support
        No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        No IMAX Enhanced
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        No HDR10+
        No 8K Passthroughup to 4K/60p 4:4:4up to 4K/60p 4:4:4
        Few 8K Inputs
        No Digital Radio

      6. Amplifier

      Yamaha RX-A860 Yamaha RX-A880

      7 channel Amplifier: Yamaha RX-A860 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.

      7 channel Amplifier: Yamaha RX-A880 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.



        AMPLIFIER Yamaha RX-A860 Yamaha RX-A880
        Channels7.27.2
        Power Output100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)100 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-A860's and Yamaha RX-A880's amplifiers can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

        • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
        • Yamaha RX-A860: 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Yamaha RX-A880: 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • DTS:X Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for DTS:X:
        • Yamaha RX-A860: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos - 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Yamaha RX-A880: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos - 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
        • Yamaha RX-A860: 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Yamaha RX-A880: 5.2, 7.2 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-A860 and Yamaha RX-A880 support Dolby Atmos.

        • Dolby Surround Upmixer: Both models support 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.

        DTS:X

        Yamaha RX-A860 and Yamaha RX-A880 support DTS:X.

        • DTS Neural:X: Both models feature 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: Both models have 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-A860 Yamaha RX-A880
        Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
        Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        Dolby Atmos Music
        Dolby TrueHD
        Dolby Digital Plus
        Dolby Surround Upmixer
        Dolby Pro Logic PLIIx
        Dolby Digital EX
        DTS:X up to 5.1.2
        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 Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
        IMAX Enhanced
        Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer

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        9. HDMI

        Yamaha RX-A860 comes with 8 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs which work parallelly and output the same signal.

        Yamaha RX-A880 comes with 7 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs which work parallelly and output the same signal.

        • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: On both receivers all inputs pass up to 4K/60p 4:4:4 video signal.
        • 4K Upscaling: Both receivers can upscale up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 from HDMI and analog sources.
        • Analog To HDMI Upconversion: Both receivers support analog to HDMI Upconversion, so you can input your analog video sources and output them digitally via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
        • 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 Copy Protection: Yamaha RX-A860 is HDCP 2.2 and Yamaha RX-A880 is HDCP 2.3 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
        • 3D Ready: Both receivers are able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

        HDR (High Dynamic Range)

        Both receivers support 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-A880 supports 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.



        VIDEO FEATURES Yamaha RX-A860 Yamaha RX-A880
        HDR10
        HDR10+
        Dynamic HDR
        BT.2020 color space
        Dolby Vision
        HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
        HDBaseT Compatible
        Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) via future firmware update
        HDCP Version2.22.3
        QMS (Quick Media Switching)
        ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
        VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
        QFT (Quick Frame transport)
        3-D Ready
        Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p 4:4:4up to 4K/60p 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-A860 and Yamaha RX-A880 with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the receiver.
        • Analog Pre-Outs: Yamaha RX-A860 and Yamaha RX-A880 have 7.2 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the receivers to the external power amplifiers. 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. Also, both receivers have 7 channel processing but have only 7 channel amplifiers, so they need external amplifiers connected to the analog pre-outs in order to reach their maximum speaker configurations.
        • Analog Line Inputs: There are 5 pair of line inputs on Yamaha RX-A860 and 4 pair of line inputs on Yamaha RX-A880 for connecting sources with analog outputs.
        • Digital Inputs: 2 optical inputs and 2 coaxial inputs 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-A860
          Inputs:
          8 (1 front)   Outputs: 2
          8K Inputs: 0.
        • Yamaha RX-A880
          Inputs:
          7   Outputs: 2
          8K Inputs: 0.
        • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
        • Yamaha RX-A860
          Inputs:
          5   Outputs: 1.
        • Yamaha RX-A880
          Inputs:
          1   Outputs: 0.
        • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one.
        • Yamaha RX-A860 supports up to 1080i resolution on Component video connectors.
        • Yamaha RX-A880 supports up to 480i/576i resolution on Component video connectors.
        • Yamaha RX-A860
          Inputs:
          2   Outputs: 1.
        • Yamaha RX-A880
          Inputs:
          1   Outputs: 0.

        Front A/V Inputs

        • Yamaha RX-A860: HDMI, USB, Analog Audio, Composite Video
        • Yamaha RX-A880: USB, mini-jack Audio

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        Yamaha RX-A880

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        TERMINALS Yamaha RX-A860 Yamaha RX-A880
        HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)7
        HDMI Outputs22
        8K Inputs
        USB InputUSB memory, portable audio playerUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
        USB DC Out Port
        Optical Inputs22
        Optical Outputs
        Coaxial Inputs22
        RCA Line Inputs5 (1 front)4 (1 front)
        RCA Line Outputs
        XLR Line Inputs
        Phono Input
        Multi-Channel Input
        RCA Pre-Outs7.27.2
        XLR Pre-outs
        Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)1
        Composite Video Outputs1
        S-Video Inputs
        S-Video Outputs
        Component Video Inputs21
        Component Video Outputs1

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        11. Evaluations

        We evaluated Yamaha RX-A860 and Yamaha RX-A880 and gave them scores of 88 and 89 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-A860

        Yamaha RX-A880

        OVERALL
        88
        OVERALL
        89

        Amplifier

        EXCELLENT
        89
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   Power Output - 100 W
        EXCELLENT
        89
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   Power Output - 100 W

        Audio Features

        GOOD
        84
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   7.1 Channel Processing
        •   Dolby Atmos
        •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   DTS:X
        •   No IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   DSD via HDMI
        EXCELLENT
        85
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   7.1 Channel Processing
        •   Dolby Atmos
        •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   DTS:X
        •   No IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   DSD via HDMI

        Video Features

        EXCELLENT
        95
        •   HDR10
        •   No HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   No 8K Passthrough
        •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
        EXCELLENT
        95
        •   HDR10
        •   No HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   No 8K Passthrough
        •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion

        Connectivity

        EXCELLENT
        87
        •   No eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Works with Amazon Alexa
        •   8 HDMI Inputs
        •   2 HDMI Outputs
        •   0 8K Input
        •   USB Input
        •   RCA Line Inputs
        •   Phono Input
        •   RCA Pre-Outs
        •   Composite Video Inputs
        •   Component Video Inputs
        •   Ethernet
        •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR
        EXCELLENT
        88
        •   eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Works with Amazon Alexa
        •   Google Assistant
        •   7 HDMI Inputs
        •   2 HDMI Outputs
        •   0 8K Input
        •   USB Input
        •   RCA Line Inputs
        •   Phono Input
        •   RCA Pre-Outs
        •   Composite Video Inputs
        •   Component Video Inputs
        •   Ethernet
        •   Bluetooth 4․2

        Zones

        GOOD
        81
        •   2 Zones
        GOOD
        82
        •   2 Zones

        Radio

        EXCELLENT
        92
        •   Analog Tuner
        •   Pandora
        •   Spotify
        •   No Tidal
        EXCELLENT
        97
        •   Analog Tuner
        •   Pandora
        •   Spotify
        •   Tidal

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