Yamaha is a well-known company, which provides the music-lovers with high-quality devices. Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1080 is regarded as one of the most significant receivers of a modern world. Such a rank was given due to the outstanding features, great assembly quality, comfortable remote control, and DSP modes diversity. Of course, such a device has much more advantages, which will be regarded in this Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1080 review.
Device looked really gorgeous. It has impressive dimensions (17.3 x 17.1 x 7.2 inches) and heavy weight (32.8 pounds), but that is perfectly clear because such a great amount of features couldn’t be placed in a small box with lightweight. I can’t name such peculiarities as disadvantages because I found the place for a receiver and its dimensions didn’t prevent me from using the unit. It has ventilation holes, but they didn’t help much. After 2 hours of using the device became warm and I had to install an additional cooler.
Among impressive Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1080 specs, the device can boast with a perfectly working Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. During the whole testing process, there were no problems with them. A special app allowed me easily to connect to the device and control it, even being in another room. A problem with program installation appeared only once and after a second attempt, the downloading was finished successfully. A great joy brought me an Alexa voice control system, but it bothered me quickly. Spotify, TIDAL, and Pandora opened the world of brilliant music and sound.
Thanks to the Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Surround, and Dolby TrueHD I had a real happiness from watching action movies and listening to the music. The built-in decoders greatly affected my leisure, especially the last one, which demonstrated the full power of modern technologies and an opportunity to see each detail on the screen. A YPAO Volume feature adopted the sound to the volume set. I didn’t like how it worked because on a high volume the music was overwhelmed with bass. After turning it off the problem disappeared.
A special Surround AI mode has to create a surround sound effect, but in reality, everything is not so great. Sometimes it mixed up sounds and it was hard to distinguish the voice and surround noise. Even a Straight mode presented itself better; at least, it was comfortable to watch movies with such a configuration. While listening to the music, I checked DSP modes, which simulated different venues. Some song sounded like in a rock or jazz club, and some of them were so epic, that I felt myself like a part of a movie.
While testing, I have found that Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1080 shut off the surround back speakers in order to activate the front height speakers. 7 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs were enough for connecting different devices. Moreover, all of the connectors didn’t become a problem. A phono input brought me back to the nostalgia. My vinyl player presented me a pleasure from records usage, and the receiver surprised me with a clear and almost divine sound. The plugs connections densely deployed in the nest so with them there were no troubles.
A great YPAO calibration system allowed me to get a desirable sound in 10 minutes after the setting has started. The on-screen instruction was clear, but for better understanding, I had to pause and think. The whole setting process took me nearly an hour.
The device proved itself as a very reliable unit. The manufacturers empowered it with great assembly quality, comfortable remote control, and other features, which were able to create favorable using conditions. At the same time, there were questions to the bad cooling system and sound quality. Despite all the pros and cons, the device will be a great multimedia solution for a person, who doesn’t look for compromises and want to have quality and functionally at a reasonable price.