The Good: The Yamaha Aventage RX-A1040 is a powerful beefy sounding av receiver perfect for home theater use. Excellent control app that you’ll probably prefer to use over the included remote.


The Bad: For $1000 + it’s a shame that Yamaha didn’t include bluetooth. Also the lack of HDCP 2.2 copy protection limits its future 4K compatiblity.


Bottom Line: The Yamaha 1040 is a fairly complete receiver with great sound for both movies and music. Despite lacking bluetooth, its other networking features such as WiFi, make this omission forgivable. The only thing you should consider before buying, is its lack of HDCP 2.2. However, if 4K isn’t on your laundry list of items then the 1040 should be on your short list of receivers in this price range.



Yamaha Aventage RX-A1040  Review

Yamaha Aventage RX-A1040 Review

The Yamaha RX-A1040 has an impressive solid aluminum chassis. One of the features of the Aventage line of receivers that sets them apart is the heavy-duty construction that Yamaha employs. Everything from the thick front aluminum panel, to the fifth foot in the middle of its underbelly are designed to limit sonic distortion.


Aesthetically, the Yamaha Aventage 1040 is what you come to expect from an AV receiver. It’s big and blocky. The front of the unit is relatively clean and uncluttered. Similar to Onkyo’s top-tier receivers, the 1040 conceals its buttons etc. behind a trap door positioned directly below the status screen.


The remote that’s bundled with the 1040 is Ok, but there are too many buttons and they’re too small. If you decide to pick-up this receiver I’d recommend investing in a good universal remote like the Logitech Smart Control. Yamaha offers a control app for both iOS and Android devices which I’ve used for past reviews. The app, in many regards, is better than the remote control. As a result, I found that I preferred using the app.



Looking at the back of the receiver, the Yamaha 1040 offers a great deal of connectivity options including 8 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs. The 1040 does support 4K (Ultra HD) pass through and upscaling. However, an issue that may be of concern is that the 1040 is not HDCP 2.2 copy protection compliant which will be a requirement for future 4K material. Most manufacturers are starting to finally support HDCP 2.2, but considering 4K is still a fringe technology it shouldn’t be a major concern in the immediate future.


Besides HDMI, the 1040 has a boat load of analog connections including a phono input for vinyl lovers. It also has six digital inputs, a USB input and three component inputs.

Yamaha RX-A1040 Rear


I liked the fact that the RX-A1040 includes an ethernet connection and has built-in WiFi, but I was a little disappointed with the absence of bluetooth connectivity. For a price tag of over $1000, bluetooth inclusion doesn’t seem like an unreasonable request. Especially since I’ve reviewed lower priced receivers that have included it. You can purchase the separate YBA-11 bluetooth add-on, but this will set you back another $50.


Like other networked receivers, the 1040 gives you access to a variety of streaming options such as Pandora®, Spotify, SiriusXM Internet Radio, and Rhapsody®. It’s also DLNA compatible so you have the option of streaming music from a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device.


With the 1040 you get support for Apple AirPlay and MHL compatibility. Plug your Android device into the MHL compatible USB port and you can stream HD music directly to the receiver. AirPlay was a breeze to use as I found myself using this method most often to push music to the receiver.


The Yamaha RX-A1040 is capable of handling way more than just compressed audio files. It’s ESS Technology SABRE Premier Audio DAC makes sure of that. It can tackle nearly any audio file you throw at it including MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC  and WAV. It also incorporates a compressed music enhancer that’s supposed to improve the sound quality of MP3’s etc. In action this feature does add more body and dynamic range to MP3 files which music aficionado’s should appreciate.


Setup & Calibration

Setting up the Yamaha RX-A1040 is fairly straightforward. Using Yamaha’s YPAO calibration system you have two options. You can use a single point calibration or a multi-point calibration. I tried both and would recommend doing the multi-point. The single point isn’t bad, but it didn’t quite get our speaker distances right and the crossover it chose for my front L/R speakers were way off.


The multi-point method was more accurate with our speaker distances and while the crossovers were still off a little, the results were closer than the single point. Either way I recommend going in and taking a look at the settings no matter which method you choose.



The 7.2 Channel Yamaha RX-A1040 is an aggressive sounding receiver perfectly designed for home theater use. The low frequencies in the depth charge scene from U-571 hit so hard that I went back in and checked the settings on the subwoofer. After double checking the settings on both the AV receiver and the sub itself, I sat back down to continue the movie and was thoroughly impressed with the chest pounding bass that the 1040 kicked out.


The RX-A1040 isn’t “all about that bass” either. When watching Avatar on Blu-ray, the 1040 displayed a seamless transition from speaker to speaker  It also has a well executed top-end. Bullets zoomed and whizzed by pinging and bouncing around the room. When the movie’s hero, Jake Sully, is surrounded by Hyena type creatures in the forest their howls and growls echoed around the room. I’ve heard AV receivers over accentuate the higher frequencies in this scene which resulted in the Hyenas sounding shrill. The 1040 gave the Hyena’s howls just the right amount of sharpness without wandering into eardrum breaking territory.


If there is one thing about the 1040 I could criticize is that the mid-range can sometimes sound a little recessed and doesn’t feel as well represented as other frequencies. With movies this wasn’t as noticeable, but it was a little more noticeable with music.


The Bottom Line

The Yamaha RX-A1040 is a great all-in-one receiver. It’s one glaring flaw is its lack of HDCP 2.2 copy protection support. However, 4K content is still rather limited and will probably stay that way for the foreseeable future. But, for a little over a thousand bucks you get an av receiver that has tons of power and sounds great for both music and movies


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