AT A GLANCE
Impressive dynamics and clarity in both stereo and multichannel
Quick-response onscreen interface
capability plus wireless MusicCast
Excellent, responsive streaming-audio client
Remote control is crowded and not illuminated
Fully competitive with other flagship AVRs in basic performance, the Yamaha RX-A2070&rsquo;s proprietary DSP music listening modes are an added attraction that could win over even the most serious listeners.
Once, receivers used to receive (radio waves), and amplify, period. They still do, but those are almost beside-the-point functions. Receivers nowadays are more concerned with decoding, casting, wireless-connecting, virtualizing, surround-formatting, multi-room-extending, auto-analyzing, and more. In fact, I don&rsquo;t know why we still call these things &ldquo;receivers,&rdquo; but, whatever.