I can't say what I like more, movies or music, I just was needed a receiver, which would give me the best of both. Yamaha RX-A1070BL has caught my attention thanks to the great number of cutting-edges peculiarities. Due to Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, it was possible to enjoy the music and soundtracks in a condition of full realism. The receiver also surprised me with the capacity to get 4K Blu-rays and reflect the streaming content on up to two consistent displays. Moreover, the device kept inside a lot of interesting and decent features!
Visually the receiver’s design has nothing special: classic black front panel, harmoniously situated buttons, carefully hidden outputs, and inputs, scratch-resistant corps, etc. But when I started to look at it more carefully, I’ve found that a rigid H-shaped frame added resilience to cut out chassis vibration. At the receiver's base, there was a "fifth leg" that diminished internal and external vibrations and guaranty immobilization of the unit. By the way, here I saw a front panel made from aluminum which the main task was to reduce resonance and present a high-quality sound to a user. The dimension was more than satisfactory (17.2 x 17.1 x 7.1 inches) because a box could fit almost any shelf in the room and became a presentable addition to the interior.
As the device has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, it was easy to regulate the music from the distance. I have used this option for many times, and it was especially helpful late at night when it was impossible to turn the music on at full volume in the room. I streamed my favorite tracks or listened to the radio (40 preset FM/AM stations) with the help of Bluetooth headphones. Apple Airplay worked on a high level. I didn’t notice anything suspicious and unpleasant, because the connection happened after the first trying and all the running processes proceeded without interruptions and errors. After Yamaha RX-A1070BL review, I have found that the receiver could "cooperate" with Blu-ray, Apple TV, Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, AirPlay, and such versatility was blow-minded. Certainly, the device has the built-in clock and sleep timer, because such features are compulsory.
As I have Yamaha wireless speakers, it would be wrong not to use them. Thanks to the built-in MusicCast feature I had an opportunity to enjoy the music at all my rooms. It streamed sound from my TV, online services, CDs and even vinyl. The same name app allowed controlling the volume of the sound and switching to the next track. I was able to hear everything at a 43 feet distance from the RX-A1070. My Samsung Galaxy Note 5 played music from it until it started to cut out a bit at 44 feet. The remote control fitted the hand perfectly. There was no squeak, cracks or poorly performing buttons. I want to pay attention to the phone app. The program had a neat rotating dial, which allowed changing the volume very slowly, perceiving by ear all the changes. Such a sensibility is commendable.
The sound was great because I’ve heard a lot of detailed moments. The voice from the central channel sounded pretty loud. The Pure Direct mode was my favorite because it switched off all the extraneous circuitry to produce a wonderful sound directly from source to amplifier to speaker. While watching a film through other Yamaha’s digital modes like Sci-Fi, you might appear the feeling that you are sitting in the movie cinema. Such a total immersion to the atmosphere is one of the most valuable advantages of the RX-A1070BL.
All the back HDMI ports supported 4K HDCP2.2. I could accept even very low signal from 480i to 1080i. Moreover, with the help of a component cable and composite inputs, I connected my old game console. Of course, the upscaling wasn’t very good, but that the whole system worked and this fact by itself was amazing! After o have checked the Yamaha RX-A1070BL specs and performed all the connection operation, it hit me that there was no need to program names for HDMI inputs. It all was made automatically!
The setting as itself was very easy, but there were a few problematic moments, which I solved manually. Special YPAO calibration was performed in automated mode, and the results were inaccurate. The speaker distances were measured in a wrong way, their defined sizes didn’t correspond to reality, the bass cut off points were screwed up. After all this setting madness there were a low-quality bass performance and unbalanced outputs. With the help of the detailed instruction, I fixed the problem and did everything right. Another one controversial issue appeared after 7 discrete amplifier channels detection. Thus it was possible to connect 9 speakers plus 2 subwoofers. I had manually selected the sound output: from top Atmos speakers or from the rear surround speakers. The outputting couldn’t perform to the both.
Yamaha is a high-quality mark, which thanks to the RX-A1070BL gave me a great musical joy. The receiver isn’t a perfect one, but it showed all the strong suits of the modern technologies. A unit can propose Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, 4K Blu-rays, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 40 preset FM/AM stations, Apple Airplay, connection with Blu-ray, Apple TV, Spotify, and others. The MusicCast technology and accessibility of different sound modes were amazing. There appeared some problems with settings but all of them were resolved.