Yamaha RX-A840 Aventage Receiver Preview
The Yamaha RX-A840 Aventage Receiver updates the already impressive RX-A830 with built-in WiFi and HDMI 2.0/ HDMI 2.0 is a big upgrade because it adds in support for transmission of the upcoming 4K 60p “ultra HD”signals that were hoping make their way to living rooms shortly. This update to the Yamaha RX-A830 keeps the rear panel largely untouched save for the wireless antenna connection and a few relocated connections (The RJ45/Ethernet port has jumped sides, for example). It’s really Yamaha’s integrated wireless networking that makes this an incredible upgrade—especially for a product retailing for less than $700. The HDMI 2.0 support will make this a popular product for those who want to be nearly “future-proof” in the event that 4K really starts to take off. This surround receiver is almost guaranteed to excite Yamaha fans and even cause a few upgrades for those who want to begin streaming audio in their home theater but haven’t been able to figure out connectivity.
Yamaha RX-A840 Aventage Receiver Connections
There Yamaha RX-A840 Aventage Receiver has 6 HDMI 2.0 inputs (5 rear and 1 front). The front USB input is iOS-compatible and AirPlay is supported for iOS wireless streaming. DLNA 1.5, Internet radio, Spotify, Rhapsody, Pandora, and SiriusXM streaming services are all supported. Of significant note, FLAC and the Apple Lossless codec (ALAC) are also supported. All of this networking ability can be either hardwired or supplied via the rear-mounted WiFi antenna that can be extended with an optional kit for even better reception. Finally, the power cable is detachable so you can rack up the receiver without extra cabling if needed. Yamaha sells their Aventage receivers with a 3-year parts and labor warranty.
Features & Specs
- 7 x 90W per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2 ch driven)
- Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels
- Low jitter PLL circuitry
- Assignable amplifiers for bi-amp, presence, or Zone 2
- FLAC, ALAC or WAV 192 kHz/24-bit audio playback
- HDMI 2.0 with 4K 50/60p support
- 4K / full HD 1080p video upscaling from analog and HDMI
- 6 HDMI inputs (5 rear/1 front) and 1 output
- Wi-Fi Built-in with Easy WiFi setup
- Streaming Services: Internet Radio (vTuner), Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify, SiriusXM
- DLNA1.5 certified
- Wireless Direct
- Detachable Power Cord
- Three Year Parts and Labor Warranty
The Yamaha RX-A840 Receiver will retail at $899.95 but Audiogurus will have an initial discount and make these available for $849.95. Your receiver will ship in July 2014.