Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 Review and Specs

Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 (Korean version)

SCORE:
31

Highlights

  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 1080p Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA, MusicCast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 Overview

Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 was introduced in 2015. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 31 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
45
VIDEO FEATURES
20
AUDIO FEATURES
24
CONNECTIVITY
41
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
18
RADIO
45
OVERALL
31

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-A550.

PROS
DSD via HDMI 👍
DSD via USB 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
DLNA 1.5 👍
MusicCast 👍
Works with Amazon Alexa 👍
Ethernet 👍
Wi-Fi 👍
Bluetooth 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
USB Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Internet Radio 👍
Spotify 👍
CONS
Few Channel Processing 👎
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 Chromecast Built-In 👎
No DTS Play-Fi 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No eARC 👎
Few HDMI Outputs 👎
No Phono Input 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Analog Pre-Outs 👎
No Pandora 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎
Old Bluetooth Version 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 has 5 channel amplifier and delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 1080p upscaling.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 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-A550 comes with YPAO room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 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. It has 6 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has USB and mini-jack inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Yamaha Aventage RX-A550.

BASICS
BrandYamaha
SeriesAventage
ModelRX-A550
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryKorea
Release Year2015
AMPLIFIER
Channels5.1
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO
Surround:AI™
DACBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing5.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLII
Dolby Digital EX
Surround 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, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer including for Bluetooth®
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
Direct Mode
Straight Decoding Mode
CINEMA DSP 3D
DSP Programs17
SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSP Virtual CINEMA FRONT
Virtual Speakers
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization
YPAO Volume
PEQ for SUBDown to 31 Hz
VIDEO
Video Signal TypeNTSC
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/60p 4:2:0
Video Signal Upscaling up to 1080p
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080i
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 on MusicCast (Voice control using your Alexa device like Echo, Dot, Tap and Show)
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App (iPhone® / iPad® / Android™ phone / tablet)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi with Wireless Direct
Bluetooth
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs6
HDMI Outputs1
USB InputiPod® / iPhone®, USB memory, portable audio player
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs4 (1 AUX Jack in the front)
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs1
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs2 / No
Composite Video Inputs4
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs2
Component Video Outputs1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.1
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSB, mini-jack
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones1
Zone B Video Output
Zone GUI
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
Party Mode
MISC
On-Screen Display color OSD
SCENESCENE (4 sets)
Web Control
PreAmp Mode
Remote Controller
Detachable Power Cord
dockport
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM
Presets40
Digital Radio
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
A.R.T. Wedge
Speaker Terminals5
Large Speaker Terminals5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 220 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption260 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power Standby
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 161 mm x 327 mm (with antenna: 435 mm x 221 mm x 327 mm)
17-1/8" x 6-3/8" x 12-7/8" (with antenna up: 17-1/8" x 8-3/4" x 12-7/8")
Weight8.1 kg (17.9 lbs)
Warranty3 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)80 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC)95 W (0.9% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)115 W (0.9% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)135 W (10% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (2 Ω, Front)160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)130 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (6 Ω, Front)110 W
Damping Factor100 (Front, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (1 kHz, 100 W/6 Ω)
Maximum Input Sensitivity (Line)2.3 V
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance100 mV/560 Ω (AV 4 etc., 1 kHz, 50 mV, 8 Ω)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)110 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/50 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 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 60 MHz, -3 dB (Component)
Video S/N Ratio50 dB
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version2.1 + EDR
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.50 MHz - 108.00 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 65 dB/64 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%
AM Frequency531 MHz - 1611 MHz

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

Successor

In 2016 Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 was replaced by RX-A660. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A660 Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
More Channels 7.2 5.1
Bi-amp capability
More Channel Processing 7.1 5.1
Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
Dolby Surround Upmixer
DTS:X up to 5.1.2
DTS Neural:X
DTS Dialog Control
HDR10
BT.2020 color space

DOWNGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A660 Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
Video Signal Upscaling up to 1080p
Less HDMI Inputs 4 6
Less Component Video Inputs 2
Less Component Video Outputs 1

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A660 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A550.

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