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Yamaha Aventage RX-A720 (USA and Canadian versions)

SCORE:
76

Highlights

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

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Overview

Yamaha Aventage RX-A720 was introduced in 2012. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 90 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 76 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
88
VIDEO FEATURES
66
AUDIO FEATURES
69
CONNECTIVITY
77
MULTIZONE
79
MISCELLANEOUS
71
RADIO
87
OVERALL
76

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Yamaha Aventage RX-A720.

PROS
  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
  Ethernet
  Wi-Fi
  USB Input
  Composite Video Inputs
  Component Video Inputs
  Zones
  Analog Tuner
  Pandora
CONS
  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 HDMI Outputs
  Few 8K Inputs
  No Phono Input
  No Analog Pre-Outs
  No Spotify
  No Tidal

Predecessor

Here we are comparing Yamaha Aventage RX-A720 to its predecessor RX-A710 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A720 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A710
More Channels 7.2 vs 7.1
Dialog Level Adjustment vs
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K vs up to 1080p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K vs up to 1080p *
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

DOWNGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A720 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A710
Analog to Analog Video conversion vs (Component**, Composite) to (Component, Composite)
Bluetooth vs via optional YBA-10 adapter (sold separately)
Less Analog Audio Line Inputs 4 vs 5 (1 front)
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB, composite vs HDMI, USB, Analog Audio and Composite
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-A720 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A710.

Audio Section

7 channel Amplifier

Yamaha Aventage RX-A720 features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

    Speaker Configurations

    Yamaha Aventage RX-A720's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

    • Configurations: Available configurations are:
    • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
    • Bi-Amp: You can bi-amp front left and right speakers. 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-A720 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-A720 comes with YPAO (R.S.C.) 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

    HDMI

    Yamaha Aventage RX-A720 features 6 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

    • 4K/30Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K video signal.
    • 4K Upscaling: Yamaha Aventage RX-A720 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 Composite video sources and Yamaha Aventage RX-A720 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-A720 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

    Multi-zone Playback

    Yamaha Aventage RX-A720 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.

    Inputs and Outputs

    Audio

    • Analog Line Inputs and Outputs: There are 4 line inputs and 2 line outputs for analog audio connection.
    • Digital Inputs: 2 optical inputs and 2 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.

    Video

    • HDMI:
    • Inputs: 6 (1 front)   Outputs: 1
      8K Inputs: 0
    • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
    • Inputs: 5   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-A720 supports up to 1080i resolution on Component video connectors.
    • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1
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    Specifications

    Here we list all the available features and specifications of Yamaha Aventage RX-A720.

    BASICS
    BrandYamaha
    SeriesAventage
    ModelRX-A720
    TypeA/V Receiver
    CountryUSA and Canada
    Release Year2012
    AMPLIFIER
    Channels7.2
    Front Wide Channel Support
    THX™ Certification
    Continuous 6 Ω Rated
    Certified 4 Ω Performance
    Bi-amp Capability
    AUDIO
    Surround:AI™
    DACBurr-Brown
    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: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
    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 Programs17
    SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSP
    Virtual Speakers
    CALIBRATION
    Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C.)
    YPAO Volume
    PEQ for SUBDown to 31 Hz
    VIDEO
    Enhanced ARC
    HDCP Version2.2
    HDR10
    HDR10+
    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**, Composite
    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
    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
    HDMI Inputs6 (1 front)
    HDMI Outputs1
    8K Inputs
    USB InputiPod®/iPhone®/iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player (MP3, WMA, AAC up to 48 kHz / 16-bit, FLAC/WAV up to 96 kHz / 24-bit)
    USB DC Out Port (USB DC output 5 V / 0.5 amp)
    Analog Audio Line Input4
    Analog Audio Line Output2
    Phono Input
    Optical Inputs2
    Optical Outputs
    Coaxial Inputs2
    Composite Video Input5 (1 front)
    Composite Video Output2
    S-Video Input
    S-Video Output
    Component Video Input2
    Component Video Output1
    PC In
    Multi-Channel Input
    Analog Pre-Outs0.2
    XLR Inputs
    XLR Pre-outs
    Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, composite
    Speaker A/B
    Headphone Out6.3 mm (1/4")
    ZONES
    Zones2
    Powered ZonesZone 2
    Zone 2 OutsLine Out
    Zone B Video Output
    Zone GUI
    RS-232C Interface
    +12V Trigger Output (1)
    Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
    Party Mode
    MISC
    On-Screen DisplayGraphical user interface
    SCENE (four sets)
    Web Browser Control
    PreAmp Mode
    Remote Controller (Preset)
    Detachable Power Cord
    dockport
    RADIO
    Analog Tuner FM/AM
    Presets40
    Digital Radio
    Internet Radio
    Pandora
    Spotify
    Tidal
    Deezer
    SiriusXM Internet Radio
    CONSTRUCTION
    Solid Aluminum Front
    A.R.T. Wedge
    Speaker Terminals9
    Large Speaker Terminals9
    Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
    Gold plated RCA terminals
    POWER
    Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
    Power Consumption400 W/500 VA
    Standby Power0.1 W
    GENERAL
    ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
    Auto Power Standby
    Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 171 mm x 367 mm
    17-1/8" x 6-3/4" x 14-1/2"
    Weight10.7 kg (23.6 lbs)
    Warranty3 Years
    SPECS
    Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 290 W (0.09% THD)
    Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2105 W (0.9% THD)
    Rated Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)125 W (0.9% THD)
    Maximum Effective Output Power (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven, JEITA)150 W (10% THD)
    Rated Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)150 W (0.9% THD)
    Dynamic Power per Channel (2240 W
    Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)200 W
    Dynamic Power per Channel (6 Ω, Front)170 W
    Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)130 W
    THD0.06% (AV 5 etc. to Front, Pure Direct, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 50 W, 8 Ω)
    Damping Factor100 (Front, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 Ω)
    Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ
    Maximum Input Sensitivity (Line)2.3 V
    Rated Lineout Level and Impedance200 mV/1.2 kΩ (REC OUT)
    Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance100 mV/560 Ω (AV 5 etc., 1 kHz, 50 mV, 8 Ω)
    S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 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
    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 60 MHz, -3 dB (Component)
    Video S/N Ratio50 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 RatioMono/Stereo: 71 dB/69 dB
    FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)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-A720 was replaced by RX-A730. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


    UPGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A730 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A720
    Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz vs up to 96 kHz
    MHL Input vs
    Bluetooth via optional YBA-11 adapter (sold separately) vs
    Spotify vs

    DOWNGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A730 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A720
    Less Analog Audio Line Outputs 1 vs 2

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A720 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A730.

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