Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 Review and Specs

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 (USA version)

SCORE:
52

Highlights

  • 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 Overview

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 was introduced in 2012. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier and is capable of 9.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 52 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.

AMPLIFIER
82
VIDEO FEATURES
18
AUDIO FEATURES
28
CONNECTIVITY
61
MULTIZONE
73
MISCELLANEOUS
45
RADIO
63
OVERALL
52

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 video signal passthrough and 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...

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020.

PROS
Many Channel Processing 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
DLNA 1.5 👍
Ethernet 👍
Wi-Fi 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
Many HDMI Inputs 👍
USB Input 👍
Many Analog Audio Line Inputs 👍
Phono Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Multi-Channel Input 👍
Analog Pre-Outs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Internet Radio 👍
Pandora 👍
SiriusXM Internet Radio 👍
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support 👎
No Dolby Atmos 👎
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👎
No DTS:X 👎
No DTS Neural:X 👎
No DTS Virtual:X 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer 👎
No DTS Dialog Control 👎
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ 👎
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume 👎
No Audyssey LFC 👎
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT 👎
No HDR10 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Dynamic HDR 👎
No Dolby Vision 👎
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through 👎
No VRR 👎
No QFT 👎
No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling 👎
No MHL Input 👎
No FireConnect 👎
No FlareConnect 👎
No MusicCast 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
No DTS Play-Fi 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No Bluetooth 👎
No eARC 👎
No Spotify 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 to its predecessor RX-A2010 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 Yamaha Aventage RX-A2010
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K up to 1080p
AirPlay AirPlay
Wi-Fi via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately)

DOWNGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 Yamaha Aventage RX-A2010
Bluetooth via optional YBA-10 adapter (sold separately)

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A2010.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 has 9 channel amplifier and delivers 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 30p and 1080p upscaling.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 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 Correction

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 comes with YPAO (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement) room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately). The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 8 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.2 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 7.1 multi-channel analog inputs and 7.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI, USB, analog audio, optical and composite inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020.

BASICS
BrandYamaha
SeriesAventage
ModelRX-A2020
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2012
AMPLIFIER
Channels9.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO
Surround:AI™
DACBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing9.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIx
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X
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
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction Ultra low jitter PLL circuitry
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift no presence speakers required
Compressed Music Enhancer (high-resolution)
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
CINEMA DSP 3D
DSP Programs23
SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSP
Virtual Speakers
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement)
YPAO Volume
PEQ for SUBDown to 31 Hz
VIDEO
Video Signal TypeNTSC
Video Signal Format (Video Covnersion)NTSC/PAL
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K
Video Signal Upscaling HQV Vida
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component****, S-Video, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion (Component**, S-Video, Composite) to (Component, S-Video, Composite)
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p
Video Parameter Adjustments
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
MusicCast
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
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetooth
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs2
USB InputiPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player
USB DC Out Port (USB DC output 5 V / 0.5 amp)
Analog Audio Line Inputs9 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputs1
Phono Input
Optical Inputs4 (1 front)
Optical Outputs1
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs3 / No
Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)
Composite Video Outputs2
S-Video Inputs4
S-Video Outputs2
Component Video Inputs4
Component Video Outputs1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input 7.1
Analog Pre-Outs7.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, analog audio, optical, composite
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones3
Powered ZonesZone 2 / 3
Zone 2 OutsComponent, Composite, Line Out
Zone 3 OutsComponent, Composite, Line Out
Zone B Video Output HDMI
Zone GUI
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output (2)
Remote (IR) Input/Output2 / 2
Party Mode
MISC
On-Screen DisplayGraphical user interface
SCENESCENE PLUS (12 sets)
Web Control
PreAmp Mode
Remote Controller (Preset, learning, macro)
Detachable Power Cord
dockport
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM
Presets40
Digital Radio HD Radio
Internet Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
Solid Aluminum FrontAluminum
A.R.T. Wedge
Speaker Terminals11
Large Speaker Terminals11
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption490 W/620 VA
Standby Power0.3 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power Standby
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 192 mm x 467 mm
17-1/8" x 7-1/2" x 18-3/8"
Weight17.1 kg (37.7 lbs)
Warranty3 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)140 W (0.06% THD)
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC)155 W (0.9% THD)
Rated Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)175 W (0.9% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven, JEITA)220 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)220 W (0.9% THD, Front)
Dynamic Power per Channel (2 Ω, Front)405 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)285 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (6 Ω, Front)210 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)165 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 (Front L/R 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 Impedance 1 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

Successor

In 2013 Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 was replaced by RX-A2030. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A2030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz up to 96 kHz
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) up to 4K
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) HQV Vida
MHL Input
Bluetooth via optional YBA-11 adapter (sold separately)
More HDMI Outputs 2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for Sub/Zone2/ZONE4) 2
More Zones 4 3
Spotify

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A2030 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020.

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