Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 A/V Receiver HT Labs Measures

HT Labs Measures

Two channels driven continuously into 8-ohm loads:
0.1% distortion at 116.9 watts
1% distortion at 133.9 watts

Five channels driven continuously into 8-ohm loads:
0.1% distortion at 53.5 watts
1% distortion at 65.3 watts

Seven channels driven continuously into 8-ohm loads:
0.1% distortion at 52.5 watts
1% distortion at 63.0 watts

Analog frequency response in Pure Direct mode:
–0.06 dB at 10 Hz
–0.02 dB at 20 Hz
+0.05 dB at 20 kHz
–2.69 dB at 50 kHz

Analog frequency response with stereo signal processing:
–0.24 dB at 10 Hz
–0.09 dB at 20 Hz
–0.22 dB at 20 kHz
–63.35 dB at 50 kHz

This graph shows that the RX-A1010’s left channel, from CD input to speaker output with two channels driving 8-ohm loads, reaches 0.1 percent distortion at 116.9 watts and 1 percent distortion at 133.9 watts. Driven into 4 ohms, the amplifier reaches 0.1 percent distortion at 150.1 watts and 1 percent distortion at 176.4 watts.

Response from the multichannel input to the speaker output measures –0.08 decibels at 10 hertz, –0.03 dB at 20 Hz, –0.01 dB at 20 kilohertz, and –2.81 dB at 50 kHz. THD+N from the CD input to the speaker output was less than 0.007 percent at 1 kHz when driving 2.83 volts into an 8-ohm load. Crosstalk at 1 kHz driving 2.83 volts into an 8-ohm load was –101.96 dB left to right and –97.36 dB right to left. The signal-to-noise ratio with an 8-ohm load from 10 Hz to 24 kHz with “A” weighting was –108.80 dBrA.

From the Dolby Digital input to the loudspeaker output, the left channel measures –0.03 dB at 20 Hz and –0.07 dB at 20 kHz. The center channel measures –0.03 dB at 20 Hz and –0.06 dB at 20 kHz, and the left surround channel measures –0.03 dB at 20 Hz and –0.06 dB at 20 kHz. From the Dolby Digital input to the line-level output, the LFE channel is +0.14 dB at 20 Hz when referenced to the level at 40 Hz and reaches the upper 3dB down point at 94 Hz and the upper 6dB down point at 118 Hz. —MJP

Video Test Bench
The Yamaha processes SD signals (480i/480p) over HDMI, but any HD signal is only passthrough. Regardless, it passed all of the applicable HDMI tests with flying colors, although its proprietary upconversion of SD signals doesn’t measure up to the solutions from HQV or Marvell. Its analog deinterlacing performance (not shown) passed the Spears & Munsil 3:2 HD test, but didn’t pass the challenging real-world test from the Vatican scene in Mission: Impossible III. It also fails the 2:2 HD test (very common), but it rolls off a lot of chroma information, and I would be hesitant to run analog video signals through the AVR. That said, I found no fault with it clipping digital video signals passing through its HDMI inputs and outputs, which is how most high-definition sources are likely to be connected. —DV

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Kermit262's picture

I had been a Yamaha fan having had good results with a 7 year-old Yamaha non-HDMI receiver. When it was time to upgrade a few months ago, I jumped ship to Pioneer, largely on Home Theater's positive review of the VSX-52. In particular, the VSX-52 is more powerful (specs are equal but HT lab measurements show the Pioneer is superior in dB output), has the WONDERFUL AirPlay feature, and costs less to boot. I bet the Yamaha is a fine receiver, but for my money and based on my positive experience, the VSX-52 is a better buy.

Spindoc's picture

Am looking to replace my non-HDMI Yammie, and am looking at Marantz, Pioneer Elite, and Yammie. Like Airplay, but likely will use Apple TV, so dont believe AP will be needed. Have had 2 Yammie's, My old 2 channel is 20 years old, and the AV receiver !0. Both still workperfectly. Am concerned that Elite cannot match the Yamaha for durability. Anybody have experience with Pioneer Elite?

yu_samson's picture

Hello David,

I'm very interested in Yamaha's line of Aventage AVRs and I found your article very informative. Do you happen to have a review of the Yamaha RX-A2010?

David Vaughn's picture
Sorry, I don't. This is the only model of the Yamaha that I've reviewed this year, but the 2010 will probably meet or exceed many of the features/performance of this model. I believe it has a better video processor and slightly more power and would be on my short list of products to sample if I were in the market for an AVR.
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Anke1938's picture

Overall I like this receiver. The on screen display is great. The sound is awesome. I love Yamaha for all their different DSP modes.

Guy H. Pierce
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