Yamaha Aventage RX-A880 Review and Specs

Yamaha Aventage RX-A880 (Brazilian version)

SCORE:
63

Highlights

  • 100 W (8 โ„ฆ, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2 via firmware update, MusicCast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Yamaha Aventage RX-A880 Overview

Yamaha Aventage RX-A880 was introduced in 2018. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 63 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
67
VIDEO FEATURES
76
AUDIO FEATURES
51
CONNECTIVITY
59
MULTIZONE
49
MISCELLANEOUS
53
RADIO
79
OVERALL
63

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-A880.

PROS
Dolby Atmos ๐Ÿ‘
DTS:X ๐Ÿ‘
DTS Neural:X ๐Ÿ‘
DSD via HDMI ๐Ÿ‘
DSD via USB ๐Ÿ‘
DTS Dialog Control ๐Ÿ‘
HDR10 ๐Ÿ‘
Dolby Vision ๐Ÿ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough ๐Ÿ‘
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling ๐Ÿ‘
MusicCast ๐Ÿ‘
Works with Amazon Alexa ๐Ÿ‘
Google assistant ๐Ÿ‘
Ethernet ๐Ÿ‘
Wi-Fi ๐Ÿ‘
Bluetooth ๐Ÿ‘
eARC ๐Ÿ‘
New HDCP Version ๐Ÿ‘
Many HDMI Inputs ๐Ÿ‘
USB Input ๐Ÿ‘
Phono Input ๐Ÿ‘
Composite Video Inputs ๐Ÿ‘
Component Video Inputs ๐Ÿ‘
Analog Pre-Outs ๐Ÿ‘
Zones ๐Ÿ‘
Analog Tuner ๐Ÿ‘
Internet Radio ๐Ÿ‘
Spotify ๐Ÿ‘
Tidal ๐Ÿ‘
Deezer ๐Ÿ‘
Napster ๐Ÿ‘
SiriusXM Internet Radio ๐Ÿ‘
New Bluetooth Version ๐Ÿ‘
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No DTS Virtual:X ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Audyssey LFC ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No HDR10+ ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Dynamic HDR ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No VRR ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No QFT ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No MHL Input ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No FireConnect ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No FlareConnect ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Chromecast Built-In ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No DTS Play-Fi ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Does Not Work with SONOS ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Multi-Channel Input ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Pandora ๐Ÿ‘Ž

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Yamaha Aventage RX-A880 to its predecessor RX-A870 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A880 Yamaha Aventage RX-A870
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB โœ” up to 192 kHz/32 Bit โœ” up to 192 kHz
AirPlay โœ” AirPlay 2 via firmware update โœ” AirPlay
Newer HDCP Version 2.3 2.3
Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.2 2.1 + EDR

DOWNGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A880 Yamaha Aventage RX-A870
Less HDMI Inputs 7 8 (1 front)
Pandora โœ– โœ”
Smaller Power Supply 270 W 400 W

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A880 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A870.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Yamaha Aventage RX-A880 has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 100 W (8 โ„ฆ, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 โ„ฆ load.


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling up to 60p. It can bypass HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Yamaha Aventage RX-A880 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 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 Audioโ„ข 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.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Yamaha Aventage RX-A880 supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is a new 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.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha Aventage RX-A880 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-A880 comes with YPAO (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement) room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Yamaha Aventage RX-A880 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 2 via firmware update. It has 7 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.3 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 7.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has USB and mini-jack Audio inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Yamaha Aventage RX-A880.

BASICS
BrandYamaha
SeriesAventage
ModelRX-A880
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryBrazil
Release Year2018
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
Front Wide Channel Supportโœ–
THXโ„ข Certificationโœ–
Continuous 6 โ„ฆ Ratedโœ”
Certified 4 โ„ฆ Performanceโœ”
Bi-amp Capabilityโœ”
AUDIO
Surround:AIโ„ขโœ–
DACBurr-Brown DAC x 4 for main zone
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationโœ–
Dolby Atmosโœ”
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationโœ–
Dolby TrueHDโœ”
Dolby Digital Plusโœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerโœ”
Dolby Pro Logicโœ–
Dolby Digital EXโœ–
DTS:Xโœ”
DTS Neural:Xโœ”
DTS Virtual:Xโœ–
DTS Neoโœ” Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audioโœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioโœ”
DTS 96/24โœ”
DTS Expressโœ”
DTS-ESโœ” Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhancedโœ–
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixerโœ–
PCMโœ” 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 Networkโœ” up to 192 kHz/32 Bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBโœ–
Gapless Playbackโœ”
DSD via HDMIโœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USBโœ” 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converterโœ–
USB DACโœ–
DTS Dialogue Controlโœ”
Dialog Level Adjustmentโœ”
Dialog Normalizationโœ”
Dialogue Liftโœ” no presence speakers required
Compressed Music Enhancerโœ”
High-resolution Music Enhancerโœ–
Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)โœ”
Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Settingโœ”
Audyssey Dynamic EQโœ–
Audyssey Dynamic Volumeโœ–
Audyssey LFCโœ–
Audyssey Sub EQ HTโœ–
Audyssey DSXโœ–
Straight Decoding Modeโœ”
Pure Direct Modeโœ” with Video On mode
CINEMA DSPโœ” 3D
DSP Programs17
SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSPโœ” Virtual CINEMA FRONT
Virtual Speakersโœ” including surround back
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputโœ–
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.โœ” YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement)
YPAO Volumeโœ”
PEQ for SUBDown to 15.6 Hz
VIDEO
Video Signal TypeNTSC/PAL/SECAM
HDR10โœ”
HDR10+โœ–
Dynamic HDRโœ–
BT.2020 color spaceโœ”
Dolby Visionโœ”
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)โœ”
Quick Media Switching (QMS)โœ–
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)โœ–
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)โœ–
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)โœ–
3-D Readyโœ”
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscalingโœ” up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversionโœ” Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscalingโœ–
Analog to Analog Video conversionโœ–
Component Video Maximum Resolution480i/576i
isf Certified Calibration Controlโœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputโœ–
FireConnectโœ–
FlareConnectโœ–
MusicCastโœ”
Chromecast Built-Inโœ–
DTS Play-Fiโœ–
Works with Amazon Alexaโœ” on MusicCast (Voice control using your Alexa device like Echo or Echo Dot)
Google assistantโœ”
Works with SONOSโœ–
AirPlayโœ” AirPlay 2 via firmware update
Apple Product Connectionโœ” iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote Appโœ” (iPhoneยฎ / iPadยฎ / Androidโ„ข phone / tablet)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueโœ–
Ethernetโœ”
Ethernet Switchโœ–
Wi-Fiโœ”
Bluetoothโœ” SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatibleโœ–
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)โœ” via future firmware update
HDCP Version2.3
HDMI Inputs7
HDMI Outputs2
USB InputUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
USB DC Out Portโœ–
Analog Audio Line Inputs4 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputsโœ–
Phono Inputโœ”
Optical Inputs2
Optical Outputsโœ–
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs2 / No
Composite Video Inputs1
Composite Video Outputsโœ–
S-Video Inputsโœ–
S-Video Outputsโœ–
Component Video Inputs1
Component Video Outputsโœ–
PC Inโœ–
Multi-Channel Inputโœ–
Analog Pre-Outs7.2
XLR Inputsโœ–
XLR Pre-outsโœ–
Front A/V InputsUSB, mini-jack Audio
Speaker A/Bโœ–
Headphone Outโœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones2
Powered ZonesZone 2
Zone 2 OutsPreout
Zone B Video Outputโœ” HDMI
Zone GUIโœ–
RS-232 Interfaceโœ”
+12V Trigger Output1
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
Party Modeโœ”
MISC
On-Screen DisplayGraphical User Interface
SCENESCENE (8 sets)
Web Controlโœ”
PreAmp Modeโœ–
Remote Controllerโœ”
Detachable Power Cordโœ”
dockportโœ–
RADIO
Analog Tunerโœ” FM/AM
Presets40
Digital Radioโœ–
Internet Radioโœ”
Pandoraโœ–
Spotifyโœ”
Tidalโœ”
Deezerโœ”
Napsterโœ”
SiriusXM Internet Radioโœ”
CONSTRUCTION
A.R.T. Wedgeโœ”
Speaker Terminals9
Large Speaker Terminals9
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsโœ–
Gold plated RCA terminalsโœ–
POWER
Power SupplyAC 110-120/220-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption270 W
Maximum Power Consumption590 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionโœ”
Auto Power Standbyโœ”
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 171 mm x 380 mm (with antenna: 435 mm x 248 mm x 380 mm)
17-1/8" x 6-3/4" x 15" (with antenna up: 17-1/8" x 9-3/4" x 15")
Weight11.0 kg (23.4 lbs)
Warranty3 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 โ„ฆ, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)100 W (0.06% THD)
Rated Power Output (8 โ„ฆ, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)130 W (0.9% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (8 โ„ฆ, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven, JEITA)160 W (10% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 โ„ฆ, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)160 W (10% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (2 โ„ฆ, Front)240 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 โ„ฆ, Front)195 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (6 โ„ฆ, Front)170 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 โ„ฆ, Front)130 W
THD0.06% (AV 2 etc. to Front, Pure Direct, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 50 W, 8 โ„ฆ)
THD (Phono)0.02% (PHONO to SPEAKER OUT (Front), 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 1 V)
Damping Factor100 (Front, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 โ„ฆ)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kโ„ฆ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)3.5 mV/47 kโ„ฆ
Maximum Input Sensitivity (Line)2.3 V (1 kHz, 0.5% THD)
Maximum Input Sensitivity (Phono)60 mV (1 kHz, 0.1% THD)
Rated Preout Level and Impedance1.0 V/2.7 kโ„ฆ (Front)
Maximum Preout Level and Impedance1.6 V
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance100 mV/560 โ„ฆ (1 kHz, 50 mV, 8 โ„ฆ)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)110 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)96 dB
Phono RIAA Deviationยฑ0.5 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
Frequency Response (Analog In)+0/-3 dB (AV 2 etc. to Front, 10 Hz to 100 kHz)
Residual Noise (IHF-A Network)150 ยตV (Speaker Out)
Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (LINE)70 dB/50 dB
Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (PHONO)60 dB/55 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 โ„ฆ (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 โ„ฆ (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 โ„ฆ (Composite)
Video Maximum Input1.5 Vp-p
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version4.2
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5/87.50 MHz - 108.0/108.00 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 3 ยตV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 69 dB/67 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%
AM Frequency530/531 kHz - 1710/1611 kHz

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

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