Yamaha Aventage RX-A860

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    Highlights

    • 7.2 Channels
    • 7.1 Channel Processing
    • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
    • HDR10, Dolby Vision
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/60Hz Upscaling
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
    • Phono Input

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    1. Overview

    Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 was introduced in 2016. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v 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
    89
    Audio Features
    84
    Video Features
    95
    Connectivity
    87
    Zones
    81
    Radio
    92
    OVERALL
    88

    For more details about the ranking please go to    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-A2A Image cannot be found 2020 7.2 100 W 8K
    RX-A880 Image cannot be found 2018 7.2 100 W 4K
    RX-A870 Image cannot be found 2017 7.2 100 W 4K
    RX-A860 Image cannot be found 2016 7.2 100 W 4K
    RX-A850 Image cannot be found 2015 7.2 100 W 4K
    RX-A840 Image cannot be found 2014 7.2 100 W 4K
    RX-A830 Image cannot be found 2013 7.2 100 W 4K
    RX-A820 Image cannot be found 2012 7.2 100 W 4K
    RX-A810 Image cannot be found 2011 7.2 100 W 1080p
    RX-A800 Image cannot be found 2010 7.2 95 W 1080p

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Yamaha RX-A2A vs RX-A880 vs RX-A870 vs RX-A860 vs RX-A850 vs RX-A840.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Yamaha Aventage RX-A860.

    PROs

    •   Dolby Atmos
    •   DTS:X
    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   HDR10
    •   Dolby Vision
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Works with Amazon Alexa
    •   8 HDMI Inputs
    •   USB Input
    •   Phono Input
    •   RCA Pre-Outs
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify

    CONs

    •   No Front Wide Channel Support
    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   No Tidal
    •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR

    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 - 100 W
    •   7.1 Channel Processing
    •   2 HDMI Outputs
    •   RCA Line Inputs
    •   2 Zones

    3. Yamaha 2016 Lineup

    In 2016 Yamaha released 6 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Yamaha 2016 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsHDRZones Price
    RX-A3060 Image cannot be found 9.2150 W11.211.2HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    4
    RX-A2060 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W9.27.2HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    4
    RX-A1060 Image cannot be found 7.2110 W7.17.2HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    RX-A860 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.17.2HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    RX-A760 Image cannot be found 7.290 W7.1HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    RX-A660 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1HDR101

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Yamaha RX-A3060 vs RX-A2060 vs RX-A1060 vs RX-A860 vs RX-A760 vs RX-A660.

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    4. Changes from the RX-A850

    Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 has replaced RX-A850. Here we present differences between these two models.

    UPGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 vs Yamaha RX-A850
    DTS:X up to 5.1.2 vs
    DTS Neural:X vs
    DTS Dialog Control vs
    PEQ for SUB Down to 15.6 Hz vs Down to 31 Hz
    BT.2020 color space vs
    Dolby Vision vs
    HLG vs
    Party Mode vs
    Napster vs
    Higher FM S/N Ratio Mono/Stereo: 69 dB/67 dB vs Mono/Stereo: 65 dB/64 dB
    DOWNGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 vs Yamaha RX-A850
    Lower S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 95 dB vs 96 dB

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 vs RX-A850.

    5. Amplifier

    7 channel Amplifier

    Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels7.2
      Power Output100 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

      6. Speaker Configurations

      Yamaha Aventage RX-A860's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • DTS:X Configurations: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
      • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
      • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 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.

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      7. Immersive Audio Formats

      Dolby Atmos

      Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 supports Dolby Atmos with Surround Upmixer.

      • Surround Upmixer: 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.

      DTS:X

      Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 supports DTS:X with Neural:X.

      • Neural:X is an advanced upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.
      • DTS Dialog Control: This function adjusts the dialog levels during playback of the DTS:X stream. It allows you to separately increase the dialog levels in contrast with the background sound and hear dialog easily even under noisy circumstances.
      DECODING
      Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      Dolby Atmos Music
      Dolby TrueHD
      Dolby Digital Plus
      Dolby Surround Upmixer
      Dolby Pro Logic PLIIx
      Dolby Digital EX
      DTS:X up to 5.1.2
      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

      8. HDMI

      Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 features 8 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs which work parallelly and output the same signal.

      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p 4:4:4 video signal.
      • 4K Upscaling: Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 can upscale up to 4K 60p 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-A860 will output them via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
      • BT.2020 Color Space: BT.2020 or Rec. 2020 is a color standard which delivers a wider color gamut compared to Rec. 709. It covers approximately 75% of the total visual spectrum while the Rec. 709 covers only 35%.
      • 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-A860 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

      HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 supports HDR (high dynamic range) video formats such as HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma via HDMI ports. High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.



      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 4:4:4
      Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 60p 4:4:4

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      9. Room Calibration

      Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 comes with YPAO (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement) 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.

      10. Multi-zone Playback

      Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 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.

      Zone B

      • HDMI Output: Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 offers HDMI output for Zone B. This means that it can send two different HDMI signals to two displays.
      ZONES
      Number of Zones2
      Powered ZonesZone 2
      Zone 2 OutsLine output
      Zone B Video Output HDMI
      Zone GUI
      RS-232C Interface
      +12V Trigger Output1
      Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
      Party Mode

      11. Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the a/v receiver.
      • Analog Pre-Outs: Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 has 7.2 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the a/v receiver to the external power amplifier. You may want to use a high quality external amplifier for certain channels, usually for front L/R and center, and use the a/v receiver to power the rest.
      • Analog Line Inputs: There are 5 line inputs 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: 8 (1 front)   Outputs: 2
        8K Inputs: 0
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Inputs: 5   Outputs: 1
      • 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-A860 supports up to 1080i resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1

      Front A/V Inputs

      • HDMI, USB, Analog Audio, Composite Video
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
      HDMI Outputs2
      8K Inputs
      USB InputUSB memory, portable audio player
      USB DC Out Port
      Optical Inputs2
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs2
      RCA Line Inputs5 (1 front)
      RCA Line Outputs
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs7.2
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)
      Composite Video Outputs1
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs2
      Component Video Outputs1

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      12. Evaluation

      We evaluate Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 and give score of 88 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
      88

      Amplifier

      EXCELLENT
      89

      We give Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 a score of 89 for Amplifier features.

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   Power Output - 100 W

      Audio Features

      GOOD
      84

      We give Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 a score of 84 for Audio Features features.

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

      Video Features

      EXCELLENT
      95

      We give Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 a score of 95 for Video Features features.

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

      Connectivity

      EXCELLENT
      87

      We give Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 a score of 87 for Connectivity features.

      •   No eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   8 HDMI Inputs
      •   2 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR

      Zones

      GOOD
      81

      We give Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 a score of 81 for Zones features.

      •   2 Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      92

      We give Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 a score of 92 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   No Tidal

      13. Replaced by RX-A870

      In 2017 Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 was replaced by Yamaha RX-A870. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 and its successor.

      UPGRADES Yamaha RX-A870 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A860
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs
      Zone 2 Outs RCA Preout vs Line output
      Tidal vs
      Deezer vs
      DOWNGRADES Yamaha RX-A870 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A860
      Dolby Pro Logic vs PLIIx
      Dolby Digital EX vs
      Component Video Maximum Resolution 480i/576i vs 1080i
      Less RCA Line Inputs 4 (1 front) vs 5 (1 front)
      Less Composite Video Inputs 1 vs 5 (1 front)
      Less Composite Video Outputs vs 1
      Less Component Video Inputs 1 vs 2
      Less Component Video Outputs vs 1
      Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB, mini-jack Audio vs HDMI, USB, Analog Audio, Composite Video

      For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A860 vs RX-A870.

      For the complete list of specifications please go to the next page:

      Discussion

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