Yamaha Aventage RX-A1060 Review
THE VERDICT
The Yamaha Aventage RX-A1060 is the real deal. In terms of sound quality it’s just slightly behind the more expensive RX-A2060. The 1060’s compliment of features means it's a safe bet to power your home theater for years to come. The outdated interface and remote are the only things holding this amp back.

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Design8.5
Features10
Value9
Ease of Use8
Sound Quality9.5
The Good
  • The Yamaha Aventage RX-A1060 has excellent dynamics with deep powerful bass, a forceful mid-rage and detailed treble.
The Bad
  • User interface and remote need a refresh.
9Overall Score

Yamaha RX-A1060 Design

Yamaha Aventage RX-A1060 Review

Once you get to Yamaha’s Aventage line, you can tell Yamaha means business. The bodies of all the amps in this line have a tank-like construction. The innards of the Yamaha RX-A1060 are designed to stonewall items that degrade audio quality such as electronic interference and vibrations. The front of the Yamaha 1060 looks clean and uncluttered thanks to the trap door on the front of the amp that hides the various pre-set buttons and controls. The trap door is flanked on either side by silky smooth volume and input select knobs.

 

While Onkyo, Pioneer and Denon have made strides to make their GUIs more user friendly, Yamaha’s still lags behind. Like the user interface, the remote bundled with the Yamaha Aventage RX-A1060 can also use a refresh.  The 1060’s remote has a half dozen too many buttons and they’re pretty small to boot. As an alternative, Yamaha has a control app that’s a free download from the iOS and Google Play stores. The prettier interface on the app is less intimidating than the amps built-in interface and is a good alternative. Better yet, pick-up a good universal remote from Logitech and your life will be much easier.

 

Oodles of Connections

Yamaha RX-A1060 Connections

The 1060 gives you a wealth of connection choices. From analog, to component and digital inputs the 1060 is pretty well stocked. It also has a dedicated phono input for vinyl junkies. For custom installs the amp includes an RS232 input, dual 12V triggers and an IR input/output. Let’s face it though, HDMI has become the king of home theater audio. In total, the Yamaha RX-A1060 has 8 HDMI  inputs and 2 outputs. If you’ve recently upgraded your TV to a 4K unit, the 1060 won’t have any compatibility issues. It’s HDMIs support HDCP 2.2 copy protection, HDR and BT.2020. The Yamaha 1060 will also upscale content to near 4K quality, however most 4K TVs can also do this so the importance of this feature on an amp is negligible in my opinion.

 

Networking

Both WiFi and Bluetooth are built-in to the Yamaha RX-A1060 so you can wirelessly push your music to the receiver. You can also use Bluetooth on the 1060 to send audio to a set of wireless Bluetooth headphones or speakers. If you’re a fan of cables you can use a wired network connection via the 1060’s ethernet input. Apple product users have the option to sling music to the amp via AirPlay.  DLNA certification also lets you send music from a NAS drive or PC that resides on your network. If you have a hard drive or USB drive, the front USB port becomes a handy way to play music. If you use music streaming services, the Yamaha 1060 has several built-in including – Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, Sirius XM Internet Radio, vTuner.

 

Yamaha has jumped into the multi-room arena with MusicCast. Thus far, Yamaha has done an impressive job incorporating MusicCast on many of their recent devices. From AV receivers, to speakers and soundbars – Yamaha has a wide variety of equipment that supports MusicCast. In a nut shell, MusicCast lets you stream audio from any device connected to the receiver, to another MusicCast device on your network. For instance, if you’re playing music from a hard drive connected to the 1060 in your family room, you can sling the audio from the 1060 to a wireless Yamaha WX-030 speaker in the kitchen. All of this is controlled through the intuitive MusicCast app that’s a free download from the iOS and Google Play stores.

 

Yamaha Aventage RX-A1060 Audio Formats

Since audio is the primary focus of the Yamaha RX-A1060, it’s safe to say that this AV receiver is no slouch in the audio format department. Yamaha uses a SABRE 9006A Premier Audio DAC from ESS Technology to handle digital to analog conversions. The amp can handle a boatload of audio formats some of which include MP3, DSD, AIFF, FLAC, WAV and Apple Lossless. For compressed audio formats, Yamaha has an enhanced music enhancer which is designed to restore frequencies that are lost during the compression process. When in use MP3s do get a noticeable boost in overall depth, but temper your expectations. The results won’t blow you away.

 

Looking at home theater formats, the 1060 handles Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, but that’s not all. Both Dolby and DTS have their new object based formats called Atmos and DTS:X. The Yamaha RX-A1060 can process both formats. With it’s 7.2 channels of amplification you can run a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos or DTS:X speaker arrangement. If you want to use more speakers in your setup you’ll need to upgrade to one of the 1060’s bigger brothers, the Yamaha RX-A2060 or the RX-A3060.

 

The Yamaha Aventage RX-A1060’s 7.2 channels of amplification is capable of pumping out about 110 watts per channel with 2 channels driven. With that amount of power, the 1060 should be more than capable for most home theater uses.

 

Setup

Yamaha has long used their own calibration solution called YPAO. Calibrating the amp is as simple as placing the supplied microphone in the middle of your listening area and following the on screen prompts. The receiver gives you the option to measure from a single location in your room or you can take measurements from multiple points for greater accuracy. The 1060 will blast out a series of test tones that it will use to dial-in your speakers. It accounts for your room’ s acoustic qualities and establishes the correct crossover frequencies, distances and channel levels.

 

During calibration, the 1060 will also ask you the type of speaker layout you’re using. For instance, if you’re using Atmos speakers the amp will ask you if you have them placed at the front of your room, in the rear or in ceiling. Knowing this helps the receiver make sure that audio from the Atmos speakers is in sync with the rest of your system.

 

The entire process takes only a couple minutes. YPAO did well, however per usual it incorrectly designated my fronts and rears as full band speakers. After calibration, I set the crossovers to a THX recommended 80 Hz which allowed my subwoofer to handle the majority of the low frequencies.

 

Sound Quality

Yamaha’s amps have historically been among the best so when I get my eager mitts one of their Aventage AV receivers I become a little giddy. Wanting to see what the Yamaha RX-A1060 was made of, I picked-up a movie that I believe has one of the most brutal sound tracks – Mad Max: Fury Road.

 

The 1060 proved that it was more than capable of handling the dynamic soundtrack of Fury Road.  The newest entry in the Mad Max series never stops its assault on your ears. The Yamaha 1060 easily produced the savage grunting, growling engines of the patchwork vehicles that constantly race around on screen. The Atmos soundtrack takes everything to a new level giving the sound stage more height, depth and width.  Early in the film, the vehicles plow through a massive whirling sandstorm tornado. The sand and wind savagely wooshed by overhead thanks to the Dolby Atmos sound track.

 

Jurassic World was next-up on the list. The 1060’s sound stage was wide and open. When the on screen action picked-up the Yamaha 1060 didn’t hold back. Racing through the forest with the raptors was exhilarating with the 1060 in complete control. Wanting to see how the RX-A1060 performed in a larger space I packed it up and took it to a larger area. Surprisingly, the amp had more than enough power on reserve to handle the larger space.

 

The Yamaha RX-A1060 was also a solid performer for stereo music. The amp provided excellent stereo separation that was nearly on par with a good 2 channel receiver. Instruments were detailed and distinct while vocals were rich and expressive. Traditionally, Bluetooth audio comes up a little short, however on the 1060 it sounded far better than I expected.

 

Verdict

The Yamaha RX-A1060 is another great addition to Yamaha’s family of amps. I had the chance to listen to the RX-A2060 a while back and they’re so close in sound quality it’s not worth mentioning. If you’re trying to decide between these two amps the biggest thing to consider is the number of channels. The 2060 has nine total and if you’re running an Atmos or DTS:X setup, those two additional channels can come in handy. However, if you don’t think you need the extra speakers, I suggest you save the extra cash and give the 1060 consideration.


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