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Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040 (USA version)

SCORE:
88

Highlights

  • 9.2 channels
  • 9.1 channel processing
  • 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos capable
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • MHL, AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Overview

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040 was introduced in 2014. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier and is capable of 9.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 88 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
96
VIDEO FEATURES
79
AUDIO FEATURES
81
CONNECTIVITY
90
MULTIZONE
97
MISCELLANEOUS
76
RADIO
92
OVERALL
88

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-A2040

PROS
👍   Certified 4 Ω Performance
👍   Bi-amp Capability
👍   Many Channel Processing
👍   Dolby Atmos
👍   Dolby TrueHD
👍   Dolby Digital Plus
👍   Dolby Pro Logic
👍   Dolby Digital EX
👍   DTS Neo
👍   DTS-HD Master Audio
👍   DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
👍   DTS 96/24
👍   DTS Express
👍   DTS-ES
👍   High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network
👍   Gapless Playback
👍   DSD via HDMI
👍   Dialog Level Adjustment
👍   Dialog Normalization
👍   Dialogue Lift
👍   Compressed Music Enhancer
👍   High-resolution Music Enhancer
👍   Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)
👍   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
👍   3-D Ready
👍   4K or 8K Video Passthrough
👍   4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
👍   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
👍   MHL Input
👍   DLNA 1.5
👍   Ethernet
👍   Wi-Fi
👍   Bluetooth
👍   New HDCP Version
👍   Many HDMI Inputs
👍   USB Input
👍   Many Analog Audio Line Inputs
👍   Phono Input
👍   Composite Video Inputs
👍   Composite Video Outputs
👍   Component Video Inputs
👍   Component Video Outputs
👍   Multi-Channel Input
👍   Analog Pre-Outs
👍   Zones
👍   Detachable Power Cord
👍   Analog Tuner
👍   Digital Radio
👍   Pandora
👍   Spotify
👍   Napster
👍   SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONS
👎   No Front Wide Channel Support
👎   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
👎   No Dolby Surround Upmixer
👎   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 HDR10
👎   No HDR10+
👎   No BT.2020 color space
👎   No Dolby Vision
👎   No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
👎   No Chromecast Built-In
👎   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
👎   Does Not Work with SONOS
👎   No eARC
👎   No Tidal
👎   No Deezer

Predecessor

Here we are comparing Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040 to its predecessor RX-A2030 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A2030
Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.4 vs
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC vs MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC vs WAV, FLAC
Gapless Playback vs
YPAO Volume vs
Wi-Fi with Wireless Direct vs via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately)
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB vs 100 dB
Higher S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 95 dB vs 86 dB
Better Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (LINE) 75 dB/60 dB vs 60 dB/45 dB
Better Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (PHONO) 75 dB/60 dB vs 60 dB/55 dB

DOWNGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A2030
Analog to Analog Video conversion vs (Component**, S-Video, Composite) to (Component, S-Video, Composite)
Less Optical Inputs 3 vs 4 (1 front)
Less S-Video Inputs vs 4
Less S-Video Outputs vs 2
Less Component Video Inputs 3 vs 4
Front A/V Inputs HDMI (MHL support), USB, analog audio, composite vs HDMI (MHL support), USB, analog audio, optical, composite
Lower FM S/N Ratio HD: 80 dB, Mono/Stereo: 71 dB/ 70 dB vs HD: 80 dB, Mono/Stereo: 72 dB/ 70 dB
Higher FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) HD: 0.03%, Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6% vs HD: 0.03%, Mono/Stereo: 0.3%/0.5%

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A2030.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040 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 60p and 4K upscaling up to 60p.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040 supports Dolby Atmos. It can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 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.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040 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-A2040 comes with YPAO (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement) room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

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Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via optional YBA-11 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 (MHL support), USB, analog audio and composite inputs.

Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040.

BASICS
BrandYamaha
SeriesAventage
ModelRX-A2040
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2014
AMPLIFIER
Channels9.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO
Surround:AI™
DACESS SABRE™Premier (ES9006 x 2)
Maximum Channel Processing9.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.4
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, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, 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 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
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+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
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 (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component****, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
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 via front USB
Remote App (iPhone / iPad, Android™ phone / tablet, Kindle Fire™)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi with Wireless Direct
Bluetooth via optional YBA-11 adapter (sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Input8 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for Sub/Zone2/ZONE4)
USB InputiPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player
USB DC Out Port (USB DC output 5 V / 0.5 amp)
Analog Audio Line Input9 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Output1
Phono Input
Optical In3
Optical Out1
Coaxial In/Out3 /
Composite Video Input5 (1 front)
Composite Video Output2
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input3
Component Video Output1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input 7.1
Analog Pre-Outs7.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI (MHL support), USB, analog audio, composite
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones4
Powered ZonesZone 2 / 3
Zone 2HDMI, Component, Composite, Line Out
Zone 3 OutsComponent, Composite, Line out
Zone 4 OutsHDMI
Zone B Video Output HDMI
Zone GUI
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output (2)
Remote (IR) Input/Output2 / 2
Party Mode
MISC
On-Screen DisplayGraphical user interface
SCENESCENE PLUS (12 sets)
Web Browser Control
PreAmp Mode
Remote Controller (preset)
Detachable Power Cord
dockport
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM
Presets40
Digital Radio HD Radio
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
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
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power Standby
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 192 mm x 467 mm (with antenna: 435 mm x 252 mm x 474 mm)
17-1/8" x 7-1/2" x 18-3/8" (with antenna: 17-1/8" x 9-7/8" x 18-5/8")
Weight17.0 kg (37.5 lbs)
Warranty3 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2140 W (0.06% THD)
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2155 W (0.9% THD)
Rated Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)175 W (0.9% THD)
Maximum Effective Output Power (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 (2405 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)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)110 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)95 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)75 dB/60 dB
Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (PHONO)75 dB/60 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
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
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 b/g/n
HDMI Input/MHL Terminal5 V, 1 A
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: 71 dB/ 70 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)HD: 0.03%, Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%
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 2015 Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040 was replaced by RX-A2050. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A2050 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040
Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
DTS:X up to 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 via firmware update vs
DTS Neural:X via firmware update vs
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC
HDR10 vs
MusicCast vs
Works with Amazon Alexa on MusicCast (Voice control using your Alexa device like Echo, Dot, Tap and Show) vs
Bluetooth vs via optional YBA-11 adapter (sold separately)
Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Component, Composite, Preout vs HDMI, Component, Composite, Line Out
Zone 3 Outs Component, Composite, Preout vs Component, Composite, Line out

DOWNGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A2050 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040
MHL Input vs
USB DC Out Port vs (USB DC output 5 V / 0.5 amp)
Less Analog Audio Line Inputs 8 (1 front) vs 9 (1 front)
Less Analog Audio Line Outputs vs 1
Less Optical Outputs vs 1
Less Composite Video Outputs 1 vs 2
Multi-Channel Input vs 7.1
Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 1 vs 2 / 2
Digital Radio vs HD Radio
Napster vs
Higher THD (Phono) 0.04% (Phono to PRE OUT) vs 0.02% (Phono to AV OUT)
Lower FM S/N Ratio Mono/Stereo: 65 dB/64 dB vs HD: 80 dB, Mono/Stereo: 71 dB/ 70 dB

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A2050 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040.

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