REVIEW | Yamaha RX A730 Aventage 7.2 Channel Receiver
The Yamaha RX A730 is a member of Yamaha’s Aventage line of receivers. Yamaha’s Aventage line has a reputation for being well designed high quality receivers. For instance, pop open the Yamaha 730 and you’ll find that the inside of it is re-inforced with cross-members in an “H” shape which help to brace and support the chassis. As a result, this helps to reduce vibrations which could affect the acoustic sound quality of the receiver. The Yamaha 730 also has a double bottom construction and a unique 5th foot in the center of the unit which are all designed to reduce sound quality degradation due to vibration. If you look at the front of the Yamaha RX A730 you’ll notice that the aluminum front panel on the bottom flairs out. This panel is designed for a specific purpose and that’s to shield the 730’s circuitry from noise and electronic radiation.
Yamaha 730 Appearance and Connectivity
The Yamaha 730 has an overall nice look. It continues Yamaha’s tradition in recent years of having a two-toned appearance. Like mentioned above, the bottom panel is brushed aluminum which is functional as well as good looking. As far as connections go, the Yamaha RX A730 will give most people more than enough connection options for their home theater arrangement:
- HDMI: 6 (1 Front) / 1
- USB: 2 (1 rear power only)
- Ethernet: 1
- Digital Optical: 2
- Digital Coaxial: 2
- Analog Audio: 4 in / 1 out
- Component: 2 in / 1 out
- Composite Video: 5 (1 front) / 1 out
- Pre-out Subwoofer: 2
Yamaha RX-A730 Features
In recent years 3D technology has been re-introduced to the public. This time it’s vastly improved over its previous incarnations. The Yamaha 730 easily handles 3D signals, so if you like to treat the family to an occasional 3D movie at home the Yamaha RX-A730 can pass 3D signals to your 3D capable TV.
Another feature that you’re going to start seeing on TV’s is 4K resolution. For those of you who don’t know, 4K resolution is roughly four times the resolution of 1080p. This means your tv image is clearer, sharper and more detailed. On 42″ or 50″ size screens the jump in image quality may not be that noticeable, but bump up your screen size to 60″ or 70″ and you’ll learn to appreciate 4K. The Yamaha RX-A730 not only supports 4K passthrough, but it also can upscale an image via an HDMI or analog input up to 4K resolution. This could be a very handy feature in the future since there will be very limited options for 4k source material early on.
Yamaha RX 730 Networking Features
- Yamaha RX-A730 Web Browser Control Interface
Network receivers are nearly becoming ubiquitous. In order to separate themselves from the competition manufacturers are coming up with unique ways to pull away from the competition. The 730 like most good mid-range receivers has an app that’s compatible with both iOS and droid devices that allows you to control many of the functions of the receiver. However, an interesting little addition that the Yamaha RX-A 730 has, is a web interface. The web interface is a little gimmicky in that it doesn’t give you complete control over the receiver, but it does let you control some of the main functions of the receiver. Also, like the app, it just adds another level of conveniency.
For Music Lovers
The Yamaha RX-A730 is Airplay compatible which means you can “push” your music from your compatible apple device to the receiver. Internet radio is another feature that’s creeped its way into modern home theater receivers. The 730, of course, gives you access to a variety of internet streaming choices such as Pandora® and Rhapsody®. However, there are other a/v receivers that offer a wider selection of internet radio options than the Yamaha RX-A730. The 730 supports a wide variety of audio formats including FLAC, WAV, MP3, MPEG-AAC, and WMA and of course it also decodes Dolby® True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio™.
On the front of the 730 there are two inputs which may be of interest to you. One is an MHL compatible HDMI port. If you have an MHL compliant device like a smartphone, you can plug it into this port and play back 1080p video through the receiver. To the right of the HDMI port you’ll find a USB port that allows for a direct connection of your Apple device, smartphone or USB flash drive to the Yamaha 730 which allows for easy playback of any files you have stored.
Yamaha 730 Right at Home in Your Home Theater
The 730 uses YPAO™ R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control) Sound Optimization for calibration. This essentially takes careful measurements within your room using an included microphone and then calibrates the audio parameters to achieve optimum sound. The Yamaha 730 is rated at 105 watts per channel and uses discrete amp circuitry to help deliver the same amount of power to each of its audio channels. Yamaha also incorporates a feature called dialogue lift which raises the dialogue coming from the center channel to the center of the tv screen so that it gives the illusion that the audio is coming from the screen and not the speakers. In addition, the Yamaha RX-A730 incorporates what it calls Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control). This feature maintains the volume levels of various source materials at a constant sound level so that program materials like TV commercials aren’t ear drum bursting loud when they come on.
The Yamaha 730 is a robust a/v receiver and the construction of the 730 is top notch. A few more additional internet radio stations would have been nice. Also at this price point it’s a little disappointing the Yamaha didn’t incorporate WiFi like Onkyo has with their 626 and 727 models. However, considering the features and build quality of the unit this is a minor grievance. All in all the Yamaha 730 is worthy of running your home theater for years to come.
Manufacturers Contact Information
|Onkyo (800) 229-1687 onkyousa.com||Denon (201) 762-6665 usa.denon.com||Yamaha (800) 4-YAMAHA usa.yamaha.com|
|Pioneer (800) 421-1404 pioneerelectronics.com||Harman Kardon (203) 328-3500 harmankardon.com||Samsung 1-800-SAMSUNG samsung.com|
|Seiki Digital 1 (855) 697-3454 www.seiki.com||Sony (877) 865-SONY sony.com||Sharp USA 1-800-237-4277 sharpusa.com|