The Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A50 Series Home Theater Receivers Profiled

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3050 Home Theater Receiver
Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3050 Home Theater Receiver. Images provided by Yamaha

Yamaha has a reputation for offering a large number of home theater receivers across the entire price and performance spectrum, with their AVENTAGE line sitting at the top. The six AVENTAGE "50" series receivers are good examples of what to expect. The full model numbers for each of the six home theater receivers are the RX-A550, RX-A750, RX-A850, RX-A1050, RX-A2050, and RX-A3050.

To start, all six receivers in the series incorporate the following features.

Audio Decoding and Processing

  • Onboard decoding for most Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio is provided.
  • One unique surround sound processing capability that Yamaha provides on the "50" series receives is Virtual Cinema Front. This feature allows you to place all five satellite speakers and subwoofer in the front of the room, but still get an approximate side and rear surround sound listening experience via a variation of Air Surround Xtreme technology that Yamaha incorporates in some models in its sound bar product line.
  • 4 Preset SCENE Modes are provided that can also be further customized to user preferences.
  • For headphone listening, Yamaha includes Silent Cinema. This allows you to listen to surround sound using any set of headphones.

Additional Audio Features

  •  Bluetooth is included, which allows you to stream content from compatible smartphones and other devices. For added support, Yamaha also provides a Compressed Music Enhancer (cleans up and brings out more detail in streamed audio content). In addition to Bluetooth, for Apple users, music playback via Apple Airplay is also provided.
  • Hi-Res Audio playback is also provided all the receivers via download to compatible USB and locally connected media servers (including PCs or laptops). Supported file formats include DSD (Direct Stream Digital; 2.6 MHz / 5.6 MHz) and AIFF content in addition to playback of encoded files in WAV, FLAC, and Apple® Lossless audio. There is a front panel USB connection for compatible USB devices, including iPods and iPhones.
  •  Built-in Ethernet and WiFi connectivity are provided for access to internet radio and music streaming services, including vTuner, Spotify Connect, and Pandora®.
  • An added audio bonus is the ability of all the receivers to be incorporated into Yamaha's MusicCast wireless multi-room audio platform (this requires a firmware update - but it is free). With MusicCast, you can stream any analog or digital audio source that is connected or built into the receiver and stream that audio to compatible, compact, Yamaha wireless speakers that can be located throughout the house. This is a great way to extend the capabilities of the "50" series receivers as an anchor for a whole home music system without of wire clutter.

    Video Features

    Of course, today's home theater receivers are just as much about video as they are about audio and Yamaha has included HDCP 2.2 compliant HDMI 2.0a compatible connections. All receivers have both 1080p and 4K pass-through capability (Select Receivers can be made compatible with HDR via firmware update).

    Control Features

    In addition to provided remote control, all receivers are compatible with Yamaha's AV Controller App and AV Setup Guide for Apple® iOS and Android™ devices via Wireless Direct.

    Setup Assistance

    To make setup easier, all the "50" series receivers include Yamaha's YPAO™ automatic speaker calibration system. Just place the microphone at your primary listening position and connect it to a provided input on the receiver's front panel.

    When YPAO is activated the receiver sends a series of test tones to each speaker (and the subwoofer). The receiver receives those test tones back via the microphone and then uses that information to determine speaker size and distance, and then adjusts the output level of each speaker and subwoofer so that your surround sound field is balanced in your specific room.

    Additional Design Features

    All of the receivers incorporate an anti-vibration 5th Foot located at the bottom center of the unit, as well as an Aluminum Front Panel.

    Moving on from the main features all the receivers have in common (which, as you see, is quite-a-bit), listed below are the additional features that each receiver has to offer.


    The RX-A550 starts off the line with up to a 5.1 channel speaker configuration. Stated power output rating is 80 wpc (measured with 2 channels driven, 20 Hz-20kHz, 8 ohms, 0.09% THD).

    NOTE: For more details on what the stated power ratings for each receiver mean with respect to real-world conditions, refer to our reference article: Understanding Amplifier Power Output Specifications.

    The RX-A550 provides 6 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output.


    The RX-A750 is the immediate step-up from the RX-A550 and provides up to a 7.2 channel configuration. Stated power output rating is 90 wpc (measured with 2 channels driven, 20Hz-20kHz, 8 ohms, 0.06% THD).

    In addition to the 7.2 channel upgrade, additional features include support for HDR-encoded video signals (via firmware update), as well as the addition of Sirius/XM Internet Radio and Rhapsody to its internet streaming content selection.

    Also, the RX-A750 adds Zone 2 operation with both powered and preamp line output options.

    Another addition is the inclusion of Reflected Sound Control (R.S.C.) within the YPAO automatic speaker setup system.

    Lastly, for added control flexibility, the RX-A750 includes both a 12-volt trigger and wired IR remote sensor input and output.


    The next step up, the RX-A850 has everything that the RX-A750 offers, but adds some key upgrades, including onboard 1080p and 4K Ultra HD video upscaling, a set of analog 7.2 channel preamp outputs, a dedicated phono input for vinyl record fans, and a total of 8 HDMI inputs and 2 parallel HDMI outputs. Also, in the audio decoding feature set, onboard Dolby Atmos decoding is added.

    Also, an RS-232C port is provided for easy integration into a custom-controlled home theater setup.

    Also, the RX-A850 also includes either a traditional 7.2 channel configuration, but for Dolby Atmos, a 5.1.2 channel configuration option is provided. However, the Zone 2 capabilities are the same as those on the RX-A750. The RX-850 has slightly elevated state power output of 100 wpc (measured with 2 channels driven, 20Hz-20kHz, 8 ohms, 0.06% THD).


    The RX-A1050 marks the starting point for the high-end portion of Yamaha's 2015 AVENTAGE Home Theater Receivers.

    While retaining the same 7.2 channel configuration as the RX-A750 and 850, this receiver elevates the stated power output to 110 wpc (measured with 2 channels driven, 20Hz-20kHz, 8 ohms, 0.06% THD).

    However, that isn't all, as the RX-A1050 provides both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio decoding as switchable HDMI outputs, which means you can send one source to HDMI output and either the same or different HDMI source to another Zone (That means the RX-A1050 offers 2 additional zones in addition to the main zone).

    Also, for enhanced audio performance, the RX-A1050 also includes ESS SABRE™ 9006A Digital-to-Analog Audio Converters for two channels.


    Here is where Yamaha ups the game again. First, the RX-A2050 provides for up a 9.2 channel configuration (5.1.4 or 7/1/2 for Dolby Atmos), as well as increased multi-zone capability with a total of four.

    Stated power output also makes a significant jump at 140 wpc (measured with 2 channels driven, 20Hz-20kHz, 8 ohms, 0.06% THD).


    Yamaha tops out its 2015 AVENTAGE Home Theater Receiver line with RX-A3050. The RX-A3050 offers everything that the rest of the receivers in the line offer, but adds some additional upgrades.

    First off, although it has the same built-in 9.2 channel configuration as the RX-A2050, it is also expandable to a total of 11.2 channels with the addition of either two external mono amplifiers, or a single two-channel amplifier. The added channel configuration not only provides for a traditional 11.2 channel speaker setup but can also accommodate up to a 7.1.4 speaker setup for Dolby Atmos.

    The built-in amplifiers have a stated power output of 150 wpc (measured with 2 channels driven, 20Hz-20kHz, 8 ohms, 0.06% THD).

    Also, to elevate audio performance further, the RX-A3050 not only retains the ESS Technology ES9006A SABRE™ digital-to-analog converters for two channels but also adds the ESS Technology ES9016S SABRE32™ Ultra Digital-to-Analog converters to the rest of the seven channels.

    The Bottom Line

    As you can see, Yamaha has really packed in the features across its entire AVENTAGE RX-A50 Series home theater receiver line-up. No matter which model you might choose, it will share a solid foundation of features with the rest of the line. However, each receiver also provides additional features that are tailored for specific needs.

    The RX-A550 provides everything you need for a traditional 5.1 channel home theater system, while the RX-A750 is a great option for a basic 7 channel setup. Moving up the line to RX-A850, 1050, 2050, and 3050, you have increased power and speaker setup options, along with advanced audio and video processing, and with the 3050, you get just about everything except the popcorn popper!

    Check out the entire line to find out which combination of features meets your needs.

    NOTE: The Yamaha AVENTAGE "50" Series receivers were originally introduced in 2015, but may still be available new, refurbished, or used from a variety of online or retail sources.

    For additional suggestions, check out our continually updated listing of Best Mid-range and High-End Home Theater Receivers.