Yamaha's AVENTAGE RX-A60 Series Home Theater Receivers

Yamaha's RX-A60 Series Home Theater Receivers provide plenty of options

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A660 (left) and RX-A3060 (right) Home Theater Receivers
Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A660 (left) and RX-A3060 (right) Home Theater Receivers. Images provided by Yamaha Corporation of America
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Yamaha's RX-A60 AVENTAGE home theater receiver line is designed to provide extensive connectivity, control, and audio/video switching/processing capabilities. However, in keeping up with current trends, these receivers also enable users to share music content from a local network, the internet, smartphones, and tablets.

All AVENTAGE receivers have the following core features.

Audio Decoding and Processing

Onboard decoding for most Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound formats including the immersive Dolby Atmos and DTS:X formats, as well as additional audio post-processing is provided for maximum surround sound setup flexibility.

One interesting audio processing option is Virtual Cinema Front. This allows the placement of five (or seven) 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 many of its sound bars.

For those that just want to "set-it-and-forget-it," 4 Preset SCENE Modes are also provided (which users can also further customize if desired).

Silent Cinema is another practical audio processing feature that allows users to listen to surround sound using any set of headphones, which is great for late night listening, or when you don't want to disturb others.

Speaker Setup System

Yamaha's YPAO™ automatic speaker calibration system is included in all AVENTAGE receivers. By plugging in a supplied microphone that you place in your listening position, the receiver will automatically send out test tones to each speaker and the subwoofer and use that information to calculate the best speaker level balance and equalization in relation to the room environment.

Bluetooth and Hi-Res Audio

Bi-directional Bluetooth capability is provided. "Bi-directional" capability means that you can not only stream music directly from compatible smartphones and tablets, but you can also stream music from the receiver to compatible Bluetooth-enabled headsets and speakers.

Also, to clean-up and provide more sonic detail from Bluetooth and internet streaming sources, an added Compressed Music Enhancer is provided.

Hi-Res audio playback is provided - including 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. Hi-Res audio files can be accessed via USB or local network after internet download. Hi-Res audio is designed to deliver better audio quality than either audio CDs or typical streaming audio files

Internet and Direct Streaming

Built-in Ethernet and WiFi is provided for access to internet radio and music streaming services, including vTuner, Spotify Connect, Pandora music.

In addition to standard WiFi functionality, WiFi Direct/Miracast is also included, which allows direct local streaming and remote control from compatible Smartphones and Tablets without the need for connection to a router or home network.

Built-in Apple AirPlay allows direct streaming from compatible Apple devices, as well as PCs and Macs running iTunes is also included.

USB

A front-panel USB port is provided for accessing music from compatible USB devices, such as flash drives and compatible portable media players.

Wireless Multi-Room Audio

Another interesting feature is the MusicCast multi-room audio system platform. MusicCast enables each receiver to send, receive, and share music content from/to/between a variety of compatible Yamaha components that include home theater receivers, stereo receivers, wireless speakers, sound bars, and powered wireless speakers.

This means that not only can the receivers be used for controlling the TV and movie home theater audio experience, but can be incorporated into a whole house audio system using compatible Yamaha-branded wireless speakers.

Video Features

On the video side, all the AVENTAGE receivers incorporate HDCP 2.2 compliant HDMI 2.0a compatible connections. What this means for users is that 1080p, 3D, 4K, HDR, and Wide Color Gamut signals are accommodated.

Control Options

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.

In terms of physical construction, all receivers have an Aluminum Front Panel, as well as an Anti-vibration 5th Foot located at the bottom center of each unit.

Now with describing the main features that all the receivers have in common (which, as you see, is quite-a-bit), listed below are some of the additional features that each receiver has to offer.

RX-A660

The RX-A660 starts off the line with up to a 7.2 channel speaker configuration (5.1.2 for Dolby Atmos).

Yamaha states the power output rating as 80 WPC (measured with 2 channels driven, 20Hz-20kHz, 8 ohms, 0.09% THD).

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

The RX-A660 provides 4 HDMI inputs and on 1 HDMI output.

RX-A760

The RX-A760 provides the same channel configuration options as the RX-A660, with a stated power output rating is 90 WPC, using the same measurement standard as previously mentioned.

Internet streaming additions include Sirius/XM Internet Radio and Rhapsody.

Also, the RX-A760 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.

The RX-A760 has two more HDMI inputs, including one on the front panel (for a total of 6), and also provides 1080p and 4K HD video upscaling.

Another connection option that is provided is a dedicated phono input - which is great for vinyl record fans.

Lastly, for added control flexibility, the RX-A760 includes both a 12-volt trigger and wired IR remote sensor input and output.

RX-A860

The RX-A860 has everything that the RX-A760 offers but adds the following.

The stated power output is 100 WPC, using the same measurement standard as previously mentioned.

The number of HDMI inputs is increased to 8, and there are also 2 parallel HDMI outputs (the same source can be sent two different video display devices).

In terms of audio connectivity, the RX-A860 also incorporates a set of 7.2-channel analog pre-amp outputs. This allows connection of the RX-A860 to one or more external amplifiers (refer to the user manual on how the outputs can be assigned).

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

RX-A1060

While retaining the same channel configuration options as the RX-A660, RX-A760, and RX-A860, this receiver elevates the stated power output to 110 WPC, using the same measurement standard.

Also, while the number of HDMI inputs and outputs stays at 8 and 2, respectively, you can use the two HDMI outputs to send the same, or different, HDMI source to another Zone (That means the RX-A1060 offers two additional independent zones in addition to the main zone).

Also, for enhanced audio performance, the RX-A1060 includes ESS SABRE™ 9006A Digital-to-Analog Audio Converters for two channels.

RX-A2060

The RX-A2060 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 to 140 WPC, using the same measurement standard as previously mentioned.

For video, onboard video setting controls are also provided, which means that you can adjust video parameters (Brightness, contrast, color saturation, and more) of your connected video sources before the signal reaches your TV or video projector.

RX-A3060

Yamaha tops out the RX-A60 AVENTAGE Home Theater Receiver line with RX-A3060. The RX-A3060 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-A2060, 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, using the same measurement standard as previously mentioned.

Also, to elevate audio performance further, the RX-A3060 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 for seven channels.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for a home theater receiver that offers up solid basics, but also provides streaming and flexible wireless audio features, the RX-A660 or 760 might both be good choices. However, if you are one that desires more physical connectivity, speaker configuration and control flexibility, more precise audio processing, and, of course, more output power, then moving up the line from the RX-A860 through the RX-A3060 should offer plenty of options.

Yamaha's RX-A60 series home theater receivers were introduced in 2016, but may still be available on clearance or through third-parties. For more current suggestions, check out our listings of Best Midrange and High-end Home Theater Receivers.