Yamaha Aventage RX-A740

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    Highlights

    • 7.2 Channels
    • 7.1 Channel Processing
    • 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/60Hz Upscaling
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
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    Overview

    Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 was introduced in 2014. 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/60Hz and upscales up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4) 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.

    Amplifier
    88
    Audio Features
    69
    Video Features
    73
    Connectivity
    81
    Zones
    79
    Radio
    92
    OVERALL
    79

    For more details about the ranking please scroll down to an    Evaluation section.


    Here is a history of the series, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the receivers.

    Evolution of the series
    Model Year Chann. Power Dolby Atmos DTS:X HDR10 HDR10+ Dolby Vision Pass. Price
    RX-A780 Image cannot be found 2018 7.2 95 W 4K
    RX-A770 Image cannot be found 2017 7.2 95 W 4K
    RX-A760 Image cannot be found 2016 7.2 90 W 4K
    RX-A750 Image cannot be found 2015 7.2 90 W 4K
    RX-A740 Image cannot be found 2014 7.2 90 W 4K
    RX-A730 Image cannot be found 2013 7.2 90 W 4K
    RX-A720 Image cannot be found 2012 7.2 90 W 4K
    RX-A710 Image cannot be found 2011 7.1 90 W 1080p
    RX-A700 Image cannot be found 2010 7.1 90 W 1080p

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Yamaha RX-A780 vs RX-A770 vs RX-A760 vs RX-A750 vs RX-A740 vs RX-A730.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Yamaha Aventage RX-A740.

    PROs

    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   USB Input
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify

    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 HDR10
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No Dolby Vision
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   1 HDMI Outputs
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No Phono Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   No Tidal

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   7.2 Channels
    •   Power Output - 90 W
    •   7.1 Channel Processing
    •   6 HDMI Inputs
    •   RCA Line Inputs
    •   2 Zones

    Yamaha 2014 Lineup

    In 2014 Yamaha released 5 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Yamaha 2014 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsRoom Corr.Immersive AudioZones Price
    RX-A3040 Image cannot be found 9.2150 W11.111.2 YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with 3D, Multipoint and Angle measurement)Dolby Atmos4
    RX-A2040 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W9.17.2 YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement)Dolby Atmos4
    RX-A1040 Image cannot be found 7.2110 W7.17.2 YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement)2
    RX-A840 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.17.2 YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement)2
    RX-A740 Image cannot be found 7.290 W7.1 YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C.)2

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Yamaha RX-A3040 vs RX-A2040 vs RX-A1040 vs RX-A840 vs RX-A740.

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 to its predecessor RX-A730 and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 vs Yamaha RX-A730
    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
    Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4) vs up to 4K/30p
    Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4) vs up to 4K/30p
    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
    Better Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (LINE) 75 dB/50 dB vs 60 dB/45 dB
    Higher FM S/N Ratio Mono/Stereo: 71 dB/ 70 dB vs Mono/Stereo: 71 dB/69 dB
    DOWNGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 vs Yamaha RX-A730
    Lower Dynamic Power per Channel, 2 Ω, Front) 235 W vs 240 W
    Lower Dynamic Power per Channel, 4 Ω, Front) 190 W vs 200 W
    Lower Dynamic Power per Channel, 6 Ω, Front) 165 W vs 170 W
    Lower Dynamic Power per Channel, 8 Ω, Front) 125 W vs 130 W
    Higher FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6% vs Mono/Stereo: 0.3%/0.5%

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 vs RX-A730.

    Successor

    In 2015 Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 was replaced by Yamaha RX-A750. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 and its successor.

    UPGRADES Yamaha RX-A750 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A740
    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
    Bluetooth vs via optional YBA-11 adapter (sold separately)
    Works with Amazon Alexa on MusicCast (Voice control using your Alexa device like Echo, Dot, Tap and Show) vs
    MusicCast vs
    RS-232C Interface vs
    DOWNGRADES Yamaha RX-A750 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A740
    MHL Input vs
    USB DC Out Port vs (USB DC output 5 V / 0.5 amp)
    Less RCA Line Outputs vs 1
    Less Composite Video Inputs 4 vs 5 (1 front)
    Less Composite Video Outputs 1 vs 2
    Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB vs HDMI (MHL support), USB, composite
    Napster vs
    Lower FM S/N Ratio Mono/Stereo: 65 dB/64 dB vs Mono/Stereo: 71 dB/ 70 dB

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 vs RX-A750.

    Audio Section

    7 channel Amplifier

    Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 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.

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels7.2
      Power Output90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Bi-amp Capability

      Speaker Configurations

      Yamaha Aventage RX-A740'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-A740 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.
      Yamaha Aventage RX-A740
      DECODING
      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

      Sound Processing

      • Adaptive DRC: Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 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-A740 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-A740 features 6 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4) video signal.
      • 4K Upscaling: Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 can upscale up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4) 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-A740 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-A740 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.
      Yamaha Aventage RX-A740
      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
      HDCP Version2.2
      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)

      Multi-zone Playback

      Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 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.
      ZONES
      Number of 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
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      Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Analog Line Inputs and Outputs: There are 4 line inputs and 1 line output 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-A740 supports up to 1080i resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1

      Front A/V Inputs

      • HDMI (MHL support), USB, composite
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs6 (1 front)
      HDMI Outputs1
      8K Inputs
      USB InputiPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player
      USB DC Out Port (USB DC output 5 V / 0.5 amp)
      Optical Inputs2
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs2
      RCA Line Inputs4
      RCA Line Outputs1
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs0.2
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)
      Composite Video Outputs2
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs2
      Component Video Outputs1

      Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 Evaluation

      We evaluate Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 and give score of 79 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


      OVERALL
      79

      Amplifier

      EXCELLENT
      88

      We give Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 a score of 88 for Amplifier features.

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   Power Output - 90 W

      Audio Features

      AVERAGE
      69

      We give Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 a score of 69 for Audio Features features.

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   No Dolby Atmos
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No DTS:X
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   DSD via HDMI

      Video Features

      GOOD
      73

      We give Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 a score of 73 for Video Features features.

      •   No HDR10
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No Dolby Vision
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion

      Connectivity

      GOOD
      81

      We give Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 a score of 81 for Connectivity features.

      •   No eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   6 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet

      Zones

      GOOD
      79

      We give Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 a score of 79 for Zones features.

      •   2 Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      92

      We give Yamaha Aventage RX-A740 a score of 92 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   No Tidal


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