Yamaha Aventage RX-A1080 7.2 channel 4K A/V Receiver (2018 model) review

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Release year: 2018 Rating: 4.2

The Yamaha Aventage RX-A1080 is a fantastic 7.2 channel 4K A/V receiver from 2018. It's perfect for those who want awesome sound and a sleek design. Perfect for people with medium-sized living spaces, this bad boy pumps out 110 watts per channel to give you an awesome, immersive experience. Whether you're into movies, gaming, or jamming to music, the RX-A1080 wants to be the center of your home entertainment setup.

Our Verdict

The RX-A1080 in the sonic arena can deliver balanced audio in a sleek package. It's got 7.2 channels, supports Dolby Atmos, and has YPAO calibration to make the sound awesome. There might be a bit of a learning curve and sometimes the connection can be a bit wonky, but overall it's still really good. If you're someone who really cares about getting a great sound and knows their way around all the fancy features, then the Yamaha Aventage RX-A1080 is a seriously awesome choice for your home audio setup.

 

PROS
  • Dynamic 7.2 channel audio experience.
  • AVENTAGE build quality for durability.
  • 4K Ultra HD and HDR support.
  • MusicCast for multi-room audio.
  • YPAO room calibration for precise tuning.
  • Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • Intuitive on-screen graphical user interface.
  • Yamaha's renowned sound quality.

 

CONS
  • Limited HDMI inputs for some users.
  • Remote control design is basic.

 

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Specification

GENERAL

Receiver Type A/V Receiver
Number Of Channel 7.2 Channel
Number Channel Processing 7
Audio Feature Dolby Atmos , DTS:X
Video Feature HDR10 , Dolby Vision , HDCP 2.3 , 4K Passthrough , 4K Upscaling
Watts Per Channel 110 w
Zones 2
Radio Internet Radio , Pandora , Spotify , Tidal , Deezer , Napster , SiriusXM
Amplifier Class A/B

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB Yes
RCA LIne Input: 9
RCA LIne Output: 0
RCA Pre-Outs: 1
XLR Line Inputs: 0
XLR Pre-Outs: 0
Phono Input: Yes
Optical Inputs: 3
Optical Output: 0
Coaxial Inputs: 3
Multi-Channel Input: 0
Headphone Out: 1
HDMI Inputs: 7
HDMI Outputs: 3
8K Inputs: 0
Composite Video Input 4
Composite Video Output: 0
Component Video Input: 2
Component Video Output: 0
Front A/V Inputs: USB / analog audio
Speaker A/B: NO

AUDIO FEATURES:

Maximum Channel Processing 7.2
Dolby Atmos Yes
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization N/A
Dolby Atmos Music N/A
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby Surround Upmixer Yes
Dolby Pro Logic N/A
Dolby Digital EX N/A
Surround EX N/A
DTS:X Yes
DTS Neural:X Yes
DTS Virtual:X N/A
DTS Neo N/A
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio Yes
DTS 96/24 Yes
DTS Express Yes
DTS-ES Yes
IMAX Enhanced N/A
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 384 kHz/32 Bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Gapless Playback Yes
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter N/A
USB DAC N/A
Jitter Reduction Yes
DTS Dialog Control N/A
Dialog Enhancement Yes
Dialog Level Adjustment Yes
Dialog Normalization Yes
Dialogue Lift Yes
Compressed Music Enhancer Yes
High-resolution Music Enhancer Yes
Audyssey Dynamic EQ N/A
Audyssey Dynamic Volume N/A
Audyssey LFC N/A
Audyssey Sub EQ HT N/A
Audyssey DSX N/A
Direct Mode Yes
Pure Direct Mode Yes
Independent Subwoofer Outputs Yes
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Yes
Audyssey App Support N/A
Bass Sync Yes
Optimized Bass Redirection Yes

VIDEO FEATURES:

HDMI Version 2.0
Enhanced ARC N/A
HDCP Version 2.3
HDR10+ N/A
Dynamic HDR N/A
Dolby Vision Yes
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) Yes
QMS (Quick Media Switching) N/A
3-D Ready Yes
Video Signal Passthrough Yes
Video Signal Upscaling Yes
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Yes
Component Video Upscaling Yes
isf Certified Calibration Control Yes

AMPLIFIERS

Channels 7
Front Wide Channel Support N/A
Current Feedback Topology N/A
Discrete Amplification Yes
HDAM N/A
THX™ Certification N/A
Continuous 6 Ω Rated Yes
Certified 4 Ω Performance N/A
Bi-amp Capability Yes

GAMING FEATURES

Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) Yes
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) Yes
Quick Frame Transport (QFT) Yes

ZONES

Zones 2
Powered Zones 2
Zone 2 Outs Preout / HDMI
Zone 3 Outs 0
RS-232C Interface Yes
+12V Trigger Output 2

RADIO

Analog Tuner FM/AM
Digital Radio N/A
Internet Radio Yes
Pandora Yes
Spotify Yes
Tidal Yes
Deezer Yes
SiriusXM Internet Radio Yes
Napster Yes

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

On-Screen Display Graphical User Interface
GUI Languages 8
Web Browser Control Yes
IP Control for CI Yes
Control4 SDDP Yes
PreAmp Mode N/A
Display Full LED Backlight
Remote Controller Full LED Backlight
Remote Control In/Out 1/1
LCD Display N/A
Detachable Power Cord Yes
Setup Assistant Yes

POWER

Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 120 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 170 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front) 210 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front) 165 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front) 135 W
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 110 W
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 165 W
Power Supply AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Toroidal Transformer N/A
Power Consumption 450 W
No Sound Power 55 W
Standby Power 0.1 W

BUILD

Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8" x 7-1/8" x 17-1/4"
Weight 14.9 kg
Chassis Aluminum
Front Panel Two-tone gloss and brushed metal finish
Speaker Terminals 9
Large Speaker Terminals Yes
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals Yes
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals Yes
High Grade Audio Components Yes
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function Yes
Auto Power off Yes
Warranty 3 Years

SPECIFICATIONS

THD digital 0.06% (20 Hz-20 kHz)
Analog Distortion 0.06% (20 Hz-20 kHz)
Phono Distortion 0.03% (20 Hz-20 kHz)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line) 200 mV / 47 k-ohms
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM) 3.5 mV / 47 k-ohms
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance 1 V / 470 ohms
Rated Output digital 2 V / 470 ohms
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 110 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 80 dB
S/N Ratio (digital) 106 dB
Phono RIAA Deviation 0.5 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In) 10 Hz-100 kHz +1 dB/-3 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI 2.8 MHz / 5.6 MHz / 11.2 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB 2.8 MHz / 5.6 MHz / 11.2 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1.0 Vp-p / 75 ohms
Video Frequency Response 5 Hz-60 MHz
Ethernet Standard IEEE 802.3 10BASE-T / IEEE 802.3u 100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version 4.2
Bluetooth Frequency 2.4 GHz (2.402 GHz-2.480 GHz)
USB Terminal USB 2.0 High Speed, 5 V / 1 A
FM Frequency 87.5 MHz-107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.) 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N Ratio 65 dB (mono) / 64 dB (stereo)
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) 0.7% (mono) / 1.0% (stereo)
AM Effective Sensitivity 300 µV / m
AM Frequency 530 kHz-1710 kHz
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Details Review

Design 

The design of the RX-A1080 is a perfect mix of modern style and usefulness. The brushed aluminum finish gives off a fancy vibe and goes perfectly with modern homes. The front display is pretty small, but it's super clear and tells you everything you need to know. It makes it really easy to find your way around the settings.

Some users wished the buttons on the front panel had more of a tactile feel. Also, not having a front HDMI port can be a bit of a hassle for people who often plug in random devices.

Connectivity 

The RX-A1080 is good when it comes to connectivity. This thing has a bunch of ports, like 7 HDMI inputs and 3 outputs. So you can hook up all your different devices without any hassle. Adding Zone 2 and Zone 3 outputs is awesome because it lets you set up multiple rooms and listen to music in different places at the same time. It's like having a whole new level of audio enjoyment!

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth working together make the wireless experience even better, giving you more choices for streaming stuff. This is quite useful for people who like to easily connect their devices wirelessly to the A/V receiver.

But, even though the connectivity features are pretty good, some users say they sometimes have problems with the HDMI handshake. These instances don't mess up the overall connectivity, but they do show that sometimes we need to step in and fix things manually. Also, not having HDMI 2.1 support might bum out users who were hoping to use the latest gaming consoles and devices with it.

Performance 

When it comes to performance, the RX-A1080 really steps up its game. It gives you an audio experience that's all about balance and immersion. This bad boy has 110 watts per channel, so it knows its way around sounds like a pro. People who dig those little audio details can't help but give it props.

With Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, the audio gets even better, making the movie and music experience more awesome with surround sound. The spatial audio is pretty cool, making your living space feel super immersive.

The YPAO room calibration system is pretty cool because it customizes the audio to match the room's acoustics. It's a valuable feature to have! This makes sure that users, no matter how big or small their room is, can get really good audio quality. It's great for people who are picky about how their audio sounds.

But some users say that even though it works really well, it can be a bit tricky to figure out the best settings, especially if you're new to it. And sometimes people have said that firmware updates can mess with the user experience for a bit. While it's not common or anything, these problems really show how important it is for users to know their way around the device and its settings.

Where and When to Use 

The RX-A1080 is great for chill living spaces, where its 7.2 channels can give you an awesome audio experience. Whether you're setting up a sick home theater or just want to upgrade your living room, this A/V receiver can handle any situation. It's like the ultimate buddy for chill movie nights, gaming marathons, or just vibing out to your favorite jams.

Compatible Devices 

This Yamaha model is extra versatile, so it can work with all kinds of devices, like 4K Blu-ray players and gaming consoles. Having Wi-Fi and Bluetooth means it can easily connect to different streaming devices, making it super versatile. Even though it doesn't have HDMI 2.1, the RX-A1080 is still great for all kinds of entertainment. Gamers might be a bit bummed, though.

Ease of Use 

Setting up the RX-A1080 is pretty easy, thanks to a user-friendly on-screen menu. The remote control that comes with it is awesome because it's designed to be very comfortable, and all the important buttons are right there, easy to find. The Yamaha AV Controller app is super handy because it lets you control the receiver from your smartphone. So convenient!

Even though the design is pretty user-friendly, some people say it takes a bit of time to get used to, especially if you're new to A/V receivers. The menu system is pretty good, but it could use some tweaking to make it easier to get around. Some people say they sometimes have problems connecting to the app.

Cost 

The RX-A1080 is quite nice because it's got all the fancy stuff without breaking the bank. Although it's not as cheap as the basic models, this thing is worth it for people who love music. It performs great, has good connectivity, and looks awesome. Not having HDMI 2.1 might be a bummer for gamers who want the latest gaming features, but for most people, the RX-A1080 is a pretty awesome deal for the price.

 

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