It appears that Yamaha’s revered Aventage lineup is getting a few new family members in 2017. In total, Yamaha is introducing 6 new AV receivers; the RX-A670, RX-A770, RX-A870, RX-A1070, RX-A2070, and the RX-A3070. From top to bottom, all of these receivers are locked and loaded and ready to become the focal point of your home theater.

 

4K Video has replaced HD as the “hot topic” in AV circles and Yamaha made sure that all of these new amps are well equipped to handle the increasingly popular format.  Each receiver in the lineup supports HDCP 2.2 copyright protection which is a baseline requirement needed to handle Ultra-High Definition video. They also support a variety of HDR (high dynamic range) video formats including HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma.  The latter two are expected to arrive later this year with a firmware update. The bottom line with all of these new HDR formats is that they’ll allow the image on your 4K TV to look brighter, richer and more colorful and these Yamaha receivers appear to be up to the challenge.

 

On the audio front, all of the receivers from the top-of-the-line RX-A3070 to the entry-level (and I use that term loosely) RX-A670 are capable of decoding Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object based formats. Yamaha’s multiroom audio system MusicCast will also come part and parcel with this gang of receivers along with a host of other streaming services including TIDAL and Deezer. The RX-A1070, RX-A2070 and the RX-A3070 will support TIDAL and Deezer right out the gate. The RX-A670, RX-A770, and RX-A870 will require a future firmware update to unlock both services.

 

So the real question is – What sets these receivers apart? We’ll start with the RX-A670. The 7.2 channel 670 is the least feature rich of the group, but it still boasts all the features mentioned above plus it includes both WiFi and Bluetooth. In all, the 670 has four HDMI inputs with one output. In addition, it features Yamaha’s Virtual CINEMA FRONT, Virtual Surround Back Speaker, and YPAO sound optimization. Being a member of Aventage line, the amp is also the beneficiary of Yamaha’s heavy-duty construction standards that this group is known for.

 

The RX-A770 kicks it up a notch with five HDMI inputs and 1 output. The 770 also has pretty substantial multi-zone audio functionality with a preamp and a powered zone 2. Vinyl junkies will find the included phono input useful.

 

Anyone looking for a little more power will want to step-up to the Yamaha RX-A870. The 870 boasts about 100 watts of power (compared to the 770’s 90 watts). It also ups the HDMI quantity from five to seven, with three of them being HDCP 2.2 compatible and two outputs.

 

The RX-A1070 mirrors the 870’s seven HDMI inputs and dual outputs, but it also has a little more power with 110 watts per channel.  The 1070’s YPAO room calibration also gets an upgrade with 64-bit precision EQ and subwoofer EQ.

 

Next up, the Yamaha RX-A2070 increases the number of channels to 9.2. It also has substantial multi-zone support with powered zone 2 and 3 and HDMI zone 4. To handle audio processing, the RX-A2070 has dual SABRE™ Premier DACs.

 

The RX-A3070 is king of the hill in the Aventage line. It boasts the most power of the group.  The 3070 can push 150 watts of power to its 9.2 channels. The 3070 can expand that total to 11.2 with the assistance of an external amp. It also relies on an ESS ES9026PRO SABRE DAC™ and an SABRE32™ Ultra DAC  to handle audio processing. For secure and stable pro-level signal transmission, the RX-A3070 has XLR-balanced inputs.

 

The Yamaha RX-A670 and RX-A770 are expected to hit store shelves in May, with the others following in June and July. Check below for the expected MSRP and availability:

  • RX-A670 ($599.95; May availability)
  • RX-A770 ($699.95; May availability)
  • RX-A870 ($999.95; June availability)
  • RX-A1070 ($1,299.95; June availability)
  • RX-A2070 ($1,699.95; June availability)
  • RX-A3070 ($2,199.95; July availability)
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