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Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 (USA version)



  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 was introduced in 2012. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It passes 4K/30Hz and upscales up to 4K video signal.

We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 79 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.


Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020.

  DSD via HDMI
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  New HDCP Version
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
  Analog To HDMI Upconversion
  Many HDMI Inputs
  USB Input
  Many RCA Line Inputs
  Many Optical Inputs
  Composite Video Inputs
  Component Video Inputs
  Multi-Channel Input
  RCA Pre-Outs
  Analog Tuner
  Digital Radio
  No Front Wide Channel Support
  No Dolby Atmos
  No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
  No DTS:X
  No IMAX Enhanced
  No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
  No eARC
  No HDR10
  No HDR10+
  No Dolby Vision
  No Chromecast Built-In
  Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
  No Bluetooth
  Few 8K Inputs
  No Spotify
  No Tidal


Here we are comparing Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 to its predecessor RX-A1010 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
Dialog Level Adjustment vs
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement) vs YPAO sound optimization (Multipoint measurement)
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K vs up to 1080p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K vs up to 1080p *
Component Video Maximum Resolution 1080p vs 1080i
AirPlay AirPlay vs
Wi-Fi via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately) vs
USB DC Out Port (USB DC output 5 V / 0.5 amp) vs
Zone B Video Output HDMI vs

DOWNGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
Analog to Analog Video conversion vs (Component**, S-Video, Composite) to (Component, S-Video, Composite)
Bluetooth vs via optional YBA-10 adapter (sold separately)
Less S-Video Inputs 4 vs 5 (1 front)
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB, analog audio, optical, composite vs HDMI, USB, Analog Audio, Optical, Composite and S-video
Zone 2 Outs Component, Composite, Line Out vs Component, S-Video, Composite, Pre Out
dockport vs 1 (for optional YDS-12, YID-W10 or YBA-10 adapter)

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010.

Audio Section

7 channel Amplifier

Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

    Speaker Configurations

    Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

    • Configurations: Available configurations are:
    • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
    • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 allows you 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.

    Sound Processing

    • Adaptive DRC: Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 features 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.

    Room Calibration

    Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 comes with YPAO (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement) room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

    • YPAO: The Yamaha Parametric room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) function detects speaker connections, measures the distances from them to your listening position(s), and then automatically optimizes the speaker settings, such as volume balance and acoustic parameters, to suit your room.

    Video Section


    Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 features 8 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs which work parallelly and output the same signal.

    • 4K/30Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K video signal.
    • 4K Upscaling: Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 can upscale up to 4K from HDMI and analog sources.
    • Analog To HDMI Upconversion: The a/v receiver supports video upconversion, so you can connect your analog Component and S-Video and Composite video sources and Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 will output them via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
    • HDCP 2.2 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
    • 3D Ready: Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

    Multi-zone Playback

    Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 2 different rooms.

    Zone 2

    • Powered Zone 2: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 2 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 5 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
    • Audio Line Output: If you have a dedicated integrated amplifier for Zone 2 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via line outs by sending fixed signal and then control volume on the Zone 2 amplifier.
    • Composite Video Output: Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 has analog Composite Video output for Zone 2. This means that it can send a different video signal to the TV.
    • Component Video Output: Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 has analog Component Video output for Zone 2, so you can send a different video signal to the TV. Component video connection provides the higher image quality than the composite and S-Video connections.

    Zone B

    • HDMI Output: Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 offers HDMI output for Zone B. This means that it can send two different HDMI signals to two displays.

    Inputs and Outputs


    • 7.1 Multichannel Input: In case you have a high quality Blu-Ray or a DVD player with multichannel analog outputs you may connect it to a 7.1 multichannel analog inputs of the a/v receiver and use high quality DACs of the player instead of the ones in the a/v receiver.
    • Analog Pre-Outs: Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 has 7.2 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the a/v 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 a/v receiver to power the rest.
    • XLR Inputs: There is one pair of XLR inputs on this a/v receiver. If your CD player, Blu-Ray player or other source have XLR outputs you can connect them to the Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020's XLR Inputs for higher quality balanced connection.
    • Analog Line Inputs and Outputs: There are 9 line inputs and 1 line output for analog audio connection.
    • Digital Inputs and Outputs: 1 optical input, 4 optical outputs and 3 coaxial inputs are available for digital audio connection.
    • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.


    • HDMI:
    • Inputs: 8 (1 front)   Outputs: 2
      8K Inputs: 0
    • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
    • Inputs: 5   Outputs: 2
    • S-Video:
    • Inputs: 4   Outputs: 2
    • 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 Aventage RX-A1020 supports up to 1080p resolution on Component video connectors.
    • Inputs: 4   Outputs: 1
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    Here we list all the available features and specifications of Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020.

    TypeA/V Receiver
    Release Year2012
    Front Wide Channel Support
    THX™ Certification
    Continuous 6 Ω Rated
    Certified 4 Ω Performance
    Bi-amp Capability
    DAC Specs192 kHz/24 Bit
    Maximum Channel Processing7.1
    Air Studios Monitor Certification
    Dolby Atmos
    Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    Dolby Atmos Music
    Dolby TrueHD
    Dolby Digital Plus
    Dolby Surround Upmixer
    Dolby Pro Logic PLIIx
    Dolby Digital EX
    DTS Neural:X
    DTS Virtual:X
    DTS Neo 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
    PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
    Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC
    High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 96 kHz
    High Resolution Audio Formats via USBWAV, FLAC
    Gapless Playback
    DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
    DSD to PCM Converter
    DTS Dialog Control
    Dialog Level Adjustment
    Dialog Normalization
    Dialogue Lift no presence speakers required
    Compressed Music Enhancer
    High-resolution Music Enhancer
    Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)
    Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Setting
    Audyssey Dynamic EQ
    Audyssey Dynamic Volume
    Audyssey LFC
    Audyssey Sub EQ HT
    Audyssey DSX
    Straight Decoding Mode
    Pure Direct Mode with video on mode
    DSP Programs17
    Virtual Speakers
    Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement)
    YPAO Volume
    PEQ for SUBDown to 31 Hz
    Enhanced ARC
    HDCP Version2.2
    Dynamic HDR
    Dolby Vision
    HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
    BT.2020 color space
    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
    Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K
    Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component****, S-Video, Composite
    Component Video Upscaling
    Analog to Analog Video conversion
    Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p
    Video Parameter Adjustments
    isf Certified Calibration Control
    MHL Input
    DLNA 1.5
    Chromecast Built-In
    DTS Play-Fi
    Works with Amazon Alexa
    Works with SONOS
    AirPlay AirPlay
    Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad
    Remote App (iPhone / iPad, Android™ phone / tablet, Kindle Fire™ )
    InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
    Ethernet Switch
    Wi-Fi via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately)
    HDBaseT Compatible
    HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
    HDMI Outputs2
    8K Inputs
    USB InputiPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player
    USB DC Out Port (USB DC output 5 V / 0.5 amp)
    RCA Line Input9 (1 front)
    RCA Line Output1
    XLR Line Inputs
    Phono Input
    Optical Inputs4 (1 front)
    Optical Outputs1
    Coaxial Inputs3
    Composite Video Input5 (1 front)
    Composite Video Output2
    S-Video Input4
    S-Video Output2
    Component Video Input4
    Component Video Output1
    PC In
    Multi-Channel Input 7.1
    RCA Pre-Outs7.2
    XLR Pre-outs
    Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, analog audio, optical, composite
    Speaker A/B
    Headphone Out6.3 mm (1/4")
    Powered ZonesZone 2
    Zone 2 OutsComponent, Composite, Line Out
    Zone B Video Output HDMI
    Zone GUI
    RS-232C Interface
    +12V Trigger Output (2)
    Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
    Party Mode
    On-Screen DisplayGraphical user interface
    SCENESCENE PLUS (12 sets)
    Web Browser Control
    PreAmp Mode
    Remote Controller[a] (Preset)
    Detachable Power Cord
    Analog Tuner FM/AM
    Digital Radio HD Radio
    Internet Radio
    SiriusXM Internet Radio
    Solid Aluminum FrontAluminum
    A.R.T. Wedge
    Speaker Terminals9
    Large Speaker Terminals9
    Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
    Gold plated RCA terminals
    Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
    Power Consumption490 W/620 VA
    Standby Power0.3 W
    ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
    Auto Power Standby
    Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 182 mm x 432 mm
    17-1/8" x 7-1/8" x 17"
    Weight15.1 kg (33.3 lbs)
    Warranty3 Years
    Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2110 W (0.06% THD)
    Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2120 W (0.9% THD)
    Rated Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)135 W (0.9% THD)
    Maximum Effective Output Power (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven, JEITA)165 W (10% THD)
    Rated Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)170 W (0.9% THD)
    Dynamic Power per Channel (2280 W
    Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)210 W
    Dynamic Power per Channel (6 Ω, Front)165 W
    Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)135 W
    THD0.04% (MULTI CH INPUT to Speaker Out, Pure Direct, 70 W, 8 Ω)
    THD (Phono)0.02% (Phono to AV OUT)
    Damping Factor150 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)
    Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ
    Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)3.5 mV/47 kΩ
    Maximum Input Sensitivity (Line)2.4 V
    Maximum Input Sensitivity (Phono)60 mV
    Rated Preout Level and Impedance1.0 V/1.2 kΩ
    Rated Lineout Level and Impedance200 mV/1.2 kΩ (AV OUT)
    Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance150 mV/100 Ω
    S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB
    S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)86 dB
    Frequency Response (Analog In)+0/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz)
    Residual Noise (IHF-A Network)150 µV (Speaker Out)
    Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (LINE)60 dB/45 dB
    Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (PHONO)60 dB/55 dB
    DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
    Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y and S-Video Y)
    0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
    1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
    0.286 Vp-p/75 Ω (S-Video C)
    Video Maximum Input1.5 Vp-p
    Video Frequency Response5 Hz to 100 MHz, ±3 dB (Component)
    Video S/N Ratio60 dB
    Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
    USB TerminalUSB2.0 5 V, 2.1 A
    FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
    FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
    FM S/N RatioHD: 80 dB, Mono/Stereo: 72 dB/ 70 dB
    FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)HD: 0.03%, Mono/Stereo: 0.3%/0.5%
    AM Frequency530 MHz - 1710 MHz

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


    In 2013 Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 was replaced by RX-A1030. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.

    UPGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A1030 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020
    Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz vs up to 96 kHz
    Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) vs up to 4K
    Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) vs up to 4K
    MHL Input vs
    Bluetooth via optional YBA-11 adapter (sold separately) vs
    More HDMI Outputs 2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for Sub/Zone2) vs 2
    Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Component, Composite, Line Out vs Component, Composite, Line Out
    Spotify vs

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A1030.

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