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Yamaha RX-A2020 Features Continued

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Dialogue Lift attempts to raise the sound coming from the center speaker up to the center of the TV screen. I don’t know about you, but it really distracts me when I can see the people talking on the TV, but hear their voices below the screen, so this is a legacy feature that we continue to enjoy from Yamaha. The company continues to include its Compressed Music Enhancer which uses exclusive algorithms to help repair the loss of high frequency detail suffered by the compression of MP3 music.

dialogue liftHDMI Standby Through mode allows the receiver to pass HDMI signals through to the TV, even when the receiver is turned off. This is a great feature that is working its way down the line and is perfect for individuals who don’t always want to use their receivers and would rather use their TV speakers on occasion (Editor's note: If this describes you then you probably aren't reading this site nearly enough!) Along the same line, the receiver can also be configured to accept sound from HDMI inputs AND send that sound to the TV at the same time. This feature allows both the TV speakers and surround sound to be active simultaneously. I doubt this feature will be used very often, but it can be a life-saver in custom installation scenarios (trust me, I wish I had this feature last week!). Yamaha also includes a Party mode that sets every zone to the same input and links the volume together for each zone so they can be adjusted (in their relative levels) simultaneously. The most intriguing aspect of the Party mode is that audio from HDMI can be sent to Zones 2 and 3. This is one of the first receivers (if not THE first) to send HDMI audio to multiple zones.

Yamaha’s SCENE PLUS technology supports up to 12 SCENE selections, which allows users to quickly set the receiver to a present input, DSP, and tone control (bass/treble) with the press of one button. Over the past few years, this is a feature Yamaha has been really proud of. Some people may enjoy this, as it prevents users from having to remember what input or DSP the receiver should be on. Personally, I feel that the SCENE feature falls a little short. If Yamaha added the capability for the SCENE buttons to automatically power on/off other devices, it would truly be a one touch "macro" solution. Granted, if all of the equipment in the system is hooked up with HDMI and supports HDMI-CEC, then the other devices should power on and off automatically, but HDMI-CEC remains sketchy at best.

Lastly, Yamaha came up with a number of "green" features. There is an ECO mode that can be enabled, which cuts power consumption by about 20%. Editor's note: We think this should be labeled "low fidelity mode"). A selectable auto power down, or Sleep, option automatically shuts the receiver off after 2, 4, 8, or 12 hours. This means you don’t have to worry about falling asleep in front of the TV and leaving the receiver on all night, something I suspect most of us are guilty of from time to time. The RX-A2020 also has an extremely low standby power consumption of 0.3W. If you enable Network Standby mode it increases to 2.2W, and with HDMI Standby Through enabled, it increases to 6 watts. That's far less than your typical incandescent nightlight,

RX-A2020 back panel

Yamaha RX-A2020 Back Panel View

 

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ACsGreens posts on October 15, 2012 14:36
BTW- For what it's worth Yamaha, unofficially, is going to release an update that places Pandora and Sirius back onto the receivers. Just thought you all may want to know, unnoficially.
3db posts on July 19, 2012 09:35
Ziontrain, post: 896069
Amplification is already well solved and audibly transparent in any decent, self-respecting product of this price range. As such it's about as commodified as a light bulb.

As for “build quality”, the same is true. Whether built in China, Malaysia or whatever, these things are built to global ISO-based standard. But if you believe that the “fifth foot” has audible benefit, then clearly these facts won't register at all.

You shouldn't assume…. it makes an as? out of you and not me. No where did I state such ridiculous belief about the 5th foot.


Ziontrain, post: 896069
What it comes down to is that most of what constituted “quality” is now actually commodity - it can be delivered cheaply by almost anyone. The brand therefore adds no value if it does not make real progress beyond the things that were problems 20-30 years ago. And no, the brands arent going to make that progress unless the press start being more critical and proactive.

BTW you'll understand how commodified this sector is when shortly the OEMs start buying up these failing brands.

Its very apparent from the various forums I frequent where other AVR manufacturers are suffering from quality control problems regardless of the origin of the country that builds them. Your idea of a universal commody of quality is just so wrong in every aspect. Sorry to derail your train.

Yamaha isn't going anywhere BTW
Ziontrain posts on July 19, 2012 08:44
Amplification is already well solved and audibly transparent in any decent, self-respecting product of this price range. As such it's about as commodified as a light bulb.

As for “build quality”, the same is true. Whether built in China, Malaysia or whatever, these things are built to global ISO-based standard. But if you believe that the “fifth foot” has audible benefit, then clearly these facts won't register at all.
What it comes down to is that most of what constituted “quality” is now actually commodity - it can be delivered cheaply by almost anyone. The brand therefore adds no value if it does not make real progress beyond the things that were problems 20-30 years ago. And no, the brands arent going to make that progress unless the press start being more critical and proactive.

BTW you'll understand how commodified this sector is when shortly the OEMs start buying up these failing brands.
3db posts on July 17, 2012 09:32
Ziontrain, post: 895664
I would again point out that what you pass of here as “a few refinements” are in fact a platform overhaul, as they require a step up: much more computing horsepower and a new OS. Thats why YPAO avoid the sub frequencies - cant handle it. But why would someone in 2012 release a product that claims to do room correction yet it can't even handle the frequencies that really need it the most?

I'm writing this post on a phone that has far more horsepower and 10x better human interface design than the receiver we are discussing. Why is this the case? A receiver is meant to be the heart & soul, the control unit of your home audio visual system. The article talks about zone 2 zone 3 etc. Truth is the thing is not even an up to date device for controlling one zone. Another example of the lipstick on the pig, your “new” or “advanced” eatures“ are the shiny but mostly useless distractions meant to distract from the basic fact that last years' dross has been rehashed and slung out again at or higher pricepoint.

We gotta start calling a spade a spade. This sector is growing stale. And there is no way they will change when the ”journalists" are in on the industry game rather than calling them out on it.

Like i said, get a laptop and mate it to a multichannel poweramp iif GUI, network streaming, and post processing are important to you and you are an apple or android fanboy. I'm in it for the overall build quality that Yamaha comes up without fail and I prefer quality audio amplifiers than bells and whistles.
Send Margaritas posts on July 17, 2012 08:42
I liked the review, thanks.

I've got the 2010, and like it very much. I was surprised they dropped the Pandora config, for I use that a lot and like it.

Like the reviewer, I like the GUI config (and the iPad app) a great deal. I think the comments in that regard are very much overblown, and without merit. I'd certianly not want to pay any more for ROMs/EPROMs necessary to support/store ‘better (read larger) icons and fonts’. I'm not confident that the comments were supported by use of the GUI.

I do concur that the manual parametric EQ 62.5 Hz choice was curious, but that capability to equalize each pair of spears in a 9.2 environment is powerful, and very nice.

Again, the biggest negative I saw in this was dropping Pandora.
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