Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo Profile

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Yamaha BD-A1040 Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo Profile

Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Front View with Included Accessories
Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Front View Photo with Included Accessories. Photo © Robert Silva

As a supplement to my review and video performance testing of the Yamaha BD-A1040 3D Network Blu-ray Disc Player, I am also providing the following close-up look at the player's connections and onscreen menu system.

To start off this photo profile of the Yamaha BD-A1040 Blu-ray Disc Player is a look at the player with its included accessories. On the back is the Owner's Manual. Moving forward on top of the player are the remote control (with batteries), detachable power cord, warranty and product registration documentation.

For a closer look at the front and rear panels of the BD-A1040, proceed to the next photo.

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Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo of Front and Rear Views

Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Front View with Included Accessories
Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Front and Rear View. Photo © Robert Silva

Shown on this page is a two-way view of the front and rear of the Yamaha BD-A1040.

The top image shows the front panel of the BD-A1040. Starting on the left side is the Power Button, and just below that is the front mounted USB port. The USB port can be used to either provide memory storage for BD-Live features, or access compatible audio, video, and still image files stored on compatible USB flash drives.

Moving to the center of the front page is the LED Status indicator (which includes a very tiny SA-CD indicator just to the left of main status indicator), and just below that is the Blu-ray/DVD/CD/SACD/DVD-Audio disc loading tray.

Continuing to the right is the disc eject button, as well as additional playback controls (forward/reverse scan), play, pause, and stop.

In addition, just above the pause button is a button labeled "Pure Direct". This button used when you prefer that the Blu-ray Disc play not perform any additional audio processing and feeds the audio signal unaltered to a home theater or stereo receiver for either straight playback of the unaltered signal or perform its own processing capabilities. It is intended for use audio-only listening use as activating the Pure Direct feature disables the video output capabilities of the player.

Also, the photo on the bottom shows the entire real panel of the player, which shows the AC power receptacle (power cord provided), HDMI output, Ethernet Port, Digital audio outputs, and more.

For a closer look and additional explanation of the rear panel connection, proceed to the next photo...

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Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Blu-ray Disc Player - Rear Panel Connections

Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo of Rear Panel Connections
Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Rear Panel Connections Photo. Photo © Robert Silva

Here is a close-up look at the rear panel connections of the BD-A1040.

Starting on the far left is the HDMI output.

Also, if your TV has a DVI-HDCP input instead of HDMI, you can use an HDMI to DVI Adapter cable to connect the BD-A1040 to the DVI-equipped HDTV, however, DVI only passes 2D video, and a second connection for audio is needed.

It is important to note if you have a TV or video projector (whether SD or HD) that does not have HDMI inputs, you cannot use this player as the BD-A1040 DOES NOT HAVE Component Video (red, green, blue) or composite video outputs.

Moving right, next to the HDMI output, are both Digital Optical and Digital Coaxial audio connections. However, it is important to note if you have a home theater receiver with HDMI connections and can accept audio from HDMI feeds, that would be the preferred connection option over the optical/coaxial options, but they are provided in cases where you may not have a receiver, sound bar, etc... that may not have HDMI connections or be able to access audio over HDMI.

Continuing to move to the right is Ethernet (LAN) port. The ethernet port allows wired connection to a high-speed internet router (the BD-A1040 also provides built-in WiFi as well if you prefer that option) for access Profile 2.0 (BD-Live) content associated with some Blu-ray Discs, as well as access to internet streaming content, and also allows direct download of firmware updates.

In addition, just below the Ethernet connection is a rear mounted USB port. Just with the front USB port, the rear port can be used to either provide memory storage for BD-Live features, or access compatible audio, video, and still image files stored on compatible USB flash drives.

Moving further to the right are some additional connections provided on the Yamaha BD-A1040 that are of interest.

First there is a set of Analog Stereo Outputs. These outputs are provided so that if you prefer playing back audio CDs and two-channel SACDs in analog form by taking advantage of the BD-A1040's DACs (digital-to-analog converters), you have access to an uncompressed output output. In addition, for playing back any content source, if you don't have a home theater or stereo receiver with HDMI or digital optical/coaxial audio inputs, the analog stereo outputs still provide you with an option to access audio from the player.

Finally, on the far right side of this photo are a set of wired remote control inputs/outputs, as well as an RS-232C port that allows integration into most custom-controlled home theater environments.

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Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Blu-ray Disc Player - Inside View From Front

Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Inside View From Front
Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo - Inside View From Front. Photo © Robert Silva

Shown on this page is the inside of the Yamaha BD-A1040 Blu-ray Disc player as seen from the front.

The "vanilla" colored board on the left side of the chassis houses the power supply circuity, while the middle section of the chassis houses both the disc loading mechanism and the board containing the RS-232, wired control input/output, and the analog audio output circuitry. Finally the board on the right houses all of the digital audio, HDMI, ethernet, and USB connection support circuitry.

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Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Blu-ray Disc Player - Inside View From Rear

Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Inside View From Rear
Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo - Inside View From Rear. Photo © Robert Silva

Shown on this page is the inside of the Yamaha BD-A1040 Blu-ray Disc player as seen from the rear.

The board on the front left spot in the photo houses all of the digital audio, HDMI, ethernet, and USB connection support circuitry, while the center section is taken up by the RS-232, wired control input/output, and the analog audio board, and disc loading mechanism, and the "vanilla" colored board on the left side of the chassis houses the power supply circuity.

Also, the supporting circuitry for the front USB port, LED status display, and front panel controls is hidden behind the plate near the top of the photo.

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Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Blu-ray Disc Player - Remote Control

Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo of Remote Control
Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Remote Control Photo. Photo © Robert Silva

Pictured on this page is a close-up view of the wireless remote control for the Yamaha BD-A1040.

Starting on the top left is the Disc Eject button, and on the top right is the Power/Standby button.

Moving to the next row are the Red/Green/Blue/Yellow buttons. These buttons are specialized for specific features on some Blu-ray discs or other functions assigned by the player.

Proceeding to move down is the direct access keypad that can be used to enter channel, track, or virtual keyboard stroke information.

Just below the direct access buttons are buttons that access PIP (if provided on the accessed content), Miracast, Direct Access buttons for YouTube and Vudu, 2nd Audio (audio for PIP, Director's commentaries, or other supplementary audio features on Blu-ray discs or DVDs), and Home (direct access to the player's home menu.

The next section, dominated by the circle, are the player's menu operational and content access menu navigation buttons.

Moving down, the next group of buttons are the transport controls (Stop, Pause, Play, Reverse/Forward step, Reverse/Forward Scan, Reverse/Forward Skip).

Also included in this group of buttons is the Direct Setup access and onscreen Status Display buttons.

Moving down to the next row is the Dimmer button (dims the light on the player's front panel display), as well as a Page scrolling button (using for navigating slide shows that may be included on DVD-Audio discs or other other compatible content).

Finally, moving down to the last row, are the Bluetooth, Pure Direct (Bypasses players internal audio processing), and SA-CD/CD access buttons.

One disappointment is that the remote control is not backlit, making it harder to use in a darkened room.

It is important to note that since very few functions can be accessed on the Blu-ray Disc player itself (as shown in a previous photo), you don't want to lose the remote.

On the other hand, if you prefer Yamaha also provides a free downloadable AV Control App for both iOS and Android smartphones.

For a look at some of the onscreen menu functions of the Yamaha BD-A1040, proceed to the next series of photos.

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Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Blu-ray Disc Player - Home Menu

Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo of Home Menu
Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - The Home Menu. Photo © Robert Silva

Here is a photo example of the onscreen menu system. The photo shows the Home page for Yamaha BD-A1040. As you can see. the Home Menu is divided into four section sections: Disc, DLNA, Network Services, and Setup.

For a closer look at some of these menus, proceed through the rest of this presentation..

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Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Blu-ray Disc Player - Display Settings Menu

Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo of Display Settings Menu
Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - The Display Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva

Here is a look at the Display Settings Menu, which is a sub-category in the player's Setup Menu. Each of the listed item shown in the photo provide a selection of setting options, which are listed below.

TV

3D Settings:  Auto/Off

TV Aspect Ratio: This determines how widescreen content is displayed on a TV (Aspect Ratio) - The options provided include:

16:9 Full - On a 16:9 TV, the 16:9 Wide setting will display widescreen images properly, but stretch out 4:3 image content horizontally to fill the screen.

16:9 Normal - On 16:9 TVs, the 16:9 Wide setting will display both widescreen and 4:3 images properly. The 4:3 images will have black bars on the left and right side of the image.

4:3 Pan & Scan - Do not use the 4:3 Pan&Scan setting unless you are viewing only 4:3 content exclusively, as widescreen content will be stretched vertically to fill the screen.

4:3 Letterbox: - If you have a 4x3 Aspect Ratio TV, select 4:3 Letterbox. This setting will display 4:3 content in full screen and widescreen content with black bars on the top and bottom of the image.

HDMI Resolution: (Auto, Disc Native, 480i/576i, 480p/576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p).

TV System: NTSC, PAL, Multi.

Color Space: YCbCr 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2, Full RGB, RGB. These options are only available via HDMI and with TVs that support these color spaces.

HDMI Deep Color: If your TV is compatible with HDMI Deep Color and you have Deep Color-encoded content, you can set the HDMI Deep Color output 30 bits, 36 bits, 48 bits, or Off (24 bits).

HDMI 1080p/24Hz: Outputs Blu-ray Disc video at 1080p resolution with a 24Hz frame rate. Note: Most Blu-ray content is natively encoded onto a Blu-ray Disc 1080p/24Hz. Most of the time, the player will automatically covert the native 24Hz signal to 25/30 Hz or 50/60Hz for output to a TV or video projector) unless reset by the user.

Video Process

Video Noise Reduction, De-Interlacing Mode

Closed Caption

Provides access to Closed-caption display options (when Closed Captions are provided).

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Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Blu-ray Disc Player - Audio Settings Menu

Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo of Audio Settings Menu
Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - The Audio Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva

Here is a look at the Audio Settings menu for the BD-A1040.

Digital Audio Output (when not using HDMI): Digital Optical or Digital Coaxial with the following audio signal output options:

Bitstream: Audio signal is transferred to audio system undecoded, secondary audio not included.

PCM: Outputs 2-channel PCM.

Re-encode: Outputs undecoded Bitstream signal with secondary audio included.

Off: Audio Mute.

HDMI Audio output: Same options as for the digital optical/coaxial outputs but independently set for the HDMI output.

Downsampling: setting sets the bitrate for PCM signals. Downsampling can be set to 48Khz, 96Khz, or 192Khz..

Some home theater receivers can accept a 48Hz sampling rate, while others may be able to access 48Khz, 96Khz, and/or 192Khz sampling rate. Check your home theater receiver's user manual for sampling rate capability.

Dynamic Range Compression: The control evens out audio output levels from Dolby Digital tracks so that loud parts are softer and soft parts are louder. If you are bothered by extreme volume changes (such as explosions and crashes) this setting evens out the sound to you don't get as much sonic impact from the differences between soft and loud sounds.

SACD Output: Provides settings specifically for playback of SACD discs.

Output Priority - HDMI or Analog.

SACD Priority - Multi-channel or 2-channel

HDMI Output - Selects audio output format when playing back SACD's using the HDMI output. The options are DSD or PCM. Note: The native format of SACDs is DSD, when using PCM, the player performs DSD-to-PCM conversion. If your home theater receiver can accept a DSD signal, that is the preferred option.

Speaker Setting:

Downmix - This option can be used if you need to mix the audio output into fewer channels, which is useful if you are using the two channel analog audio output option. There are two settings: Stereo mixes down all surround sound signals into a two-channel stereo, while Lt/Rt mixes surround sound signals down to two channels, but retains imbedded surround sound cues so that home theater receivers using Dolby Prologic, Prologic II, or Prologic IIx can extract a surround sound image from the two channel information.

Post-Processing: An Upmix feature enables expansion of two-channel PCM-originated audio content to 6.1 channels using the DTS Neo:6: surround sound processing format. You can select either Cinema or Music modes.

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Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Blu-ray Disc Player - Network Services Menu

Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Photo of Network Services Menu
Yamaha BD-A1040 3D/Network Blu-ray Disc Player - Network Services Menu. Photo © Robert Silva

Here is a look at what Yamaha refers to as the Internet Services Menu on the BD-A1040 Blu-ray Disc player.

The offerings include: Dropbox, Picasa, VUDU, and YouTube.

Unfortunately, there is no Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HuluPlus, or other popular services that are included many other players from Yamaha's competitors. Of course, Yamaha has the option of adding services through firmware updates, but no App store is provided for users to add their own. Also, there is no MHL-enabled HDMI input provided for connection of a Roku Streaming Stick that would greatly expand internet streaming offerings. As it stands now, if you have the Yamaha BD-A1040, and you are also a streaming fan, you will neither option for Smart TV or TV plug-in device such as a Roku Box, Google Chromecast, or Amazon Fire TV to supplement the BD-A1040.

More On The Yamaha BD-A1040

This completes my photo look at the Yamaha BD-A1040. For additional information and perspective, also check out my Review and Video Performance Test Results.