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Yamaha RX-A820

Yamaha RX-A820
alaScore 85

58 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 reviews of Yamaha RX-A820. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Yamaha RX-A820 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 user reviews of Yamaha RX-A820 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on

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This summary is based on the products: Yamaha RX-A820 7.2-Channel Network AVENTAGE AV ReceiverYamaha RX-A820 7.2-Channel Network AVENTAGE AV Receiver

Dec, 2018

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Expert review by : Martin Pipe (

Yamaha RX-A820 review


Occupying the lowest rung of Yamaha's elite 'Aventage' range, the RX-A820 is a versatile beast with DSPs galore (an area where Yamaha has a rich history), a claimed 7 x 130W of amplification at your disposal and no fewer than eight HDMI ports. With its...

Nuanced, open, movie performance; worthwhile DSP modes; neat design; decent network audio functionality

A little bass-shy in stereo mode; struggles at high listening levels; Wi-Fi requires a dongle

May, 2013

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Good sound but not nearly as powerful as older Yamaha receivers. Transformer started buzzing at 3 years usage


The warranty I bought through Newegg by Service Net processed the buzzing stereo back and had a full refund via Newegg gift card back to me within 2 days of the claim. I did ship it to Service Net quickly, though. Delayed return might get slower...

The sound is very good for home theater and has acceptable power for music but really only enough power for some of my music in stereo mode, IMHO. Tons of features; way more than I could figure out and use regularly. YPAO worked great for my room but...

Power a bit lacking. Power supply transformer started buzzing pretty loud at about 3 years. There are a lot of failures in all stereo brands now (not just Onkyo!) but buzzing doesn't seem like a common failure mode for Yamaha so I only knocked it down...

Feb, 2016

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Shell Shocker Nirvana


Had been in the market as a loyal newegg customer for a dual zone airplay capable receiver for listening to music. Had priced out sonos,but multizone gets pricey quick with that. Already have a Yamaha v373 receiver and polk rm6750 5.1 speakers and...

2 Zone, Parametric EQ, Network abilitys

No Spotify app yet

Jul, 2013

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Awesome HT Receiver


Actually I bought this primarily as the INTERFACE between all my new and legacy Media Streamers, NAS's, DVD's, DVR's etc and a 60" Pana Plasma. Basically NO TV has all the hookups I need. This Yamaha comes as close as anything out there. I could...

8 HDMI's in 2 Out Many other connection options including mixing and matching inputs/outputs Zone's didn't appeal at first but I've grown to like it Infinitely configurable...almost too much but really can there ever be too many options Very well...

Not really the Power House Sound System I had anticipate but more than adequate for my Co-op situation.

Jun, 2013

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All around excellence


I bought this receiver on sale from Newegg, the deal was too good to pass up. I have been researching receivers for 3 years now and went from Onkyo (too many problems) to Denon (very good but 2013 quality went down), then finally to Yamaha's. the only...

No video airplay.

May, 2013

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Better Than Advertised


This AVR is paired with 1 x Kilpsch Synergy C-10 Center Channel Speaker 2 x Kilpsch KB-15 (Front left & right) 2 x Kilpsch Synergy S-10 (Rear left & right) 1 x Yamaha powered sub-woofer All I can say is WOOOOW!! :-)

Sleek, clean, classic Yamaha look. Enhances normal TV sound to clear distinct words so you are not having to crank the audio to understand what people are saying. Movies (Blu-rays) are even better. The DTS-HD and TrueHD are as good or better than going...

I'm an audiophile and I have tried to find something not to like. Sorry, can't find anything so far.

May, 2013

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Great Reciever


Do not use YPAO. Just set it up manually, you will be a lot happier. If you do make sure you go into the manager and set your speakers to small (not large) otherwise it will turn off the sub.

Lots of features very crisp sound, I would definitely buy it again. I have hooked this to polk floor speakers and a klipsch woofer and I love it. This is my first not out of the box set up and it was a breeze. It has a very nice user interface.

I wish it had HD radio, the next model up has it but it costs a lot more.

Dec, 2012

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Static in Speakers


It attempts to do what it's designed to do

No matter what I do I'm still getting quite a bit of static/crackling in the front left speaker only (Polk Monitor 70 - II). It doesn't matter which speaker/cable combination I use. I even bought one of Monster's power surge/clean power strips which...

Nov, 2012

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Static in Speakers


It attempts to do what it's designed to do.

No matter what I do I'm still getting quite a bit of static/crackling in the front left speaker only (Polk Monitor 70 - II). It doesn't matter which speaker/cable combination I use. I even bought one of Monster's power surge/clean power strips which...

Nov, 2012

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Excellent AVR


When I first ran the YPAO I used the 8 point measurement and it sounded awful. The center channel was muffled to the point where we couldn't even understand basic dialogue. My LAVA 12 sub barely had any output. I called Yamaha support at 2a.m. and the...

Excellent sound quality. Easy to set up. Great features, especially after the firmware update that came out a few days ago, adding Pandora, Sirius/XM, etc. I have it in a large entertainment center and it is cool to the touch. The parametric EQ is...

My Onkyo NR605 HDMI board went out after 4 years so I needed an update. When I first set up the Yammy, it sounded really terrible and my family thought I had made a big blunder. You have to spend some time getting the right settings but it is well...

Nov, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit/192kHz
Audio output channels:7.2
Dynamic power per channel (4 Ohm):210
Dynamic power per channel (8 Ohm):140
Power output per channel (1KHz@8 Ohm):130
Power output per channel (20-20KHz@8 Ohm):100
Pre-out channels:7.2
Pre-out connectivity: Yes
Receiver Type:Surround


Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes

Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):0.1


Audio (L,R) in:6
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
Composite video in:5
Digital audio coaxial in:2
Digital audio optical in:2
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI in:8
Remote (IR) input:1


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Wi-Fi: No

Optical Drive

Optical drive included: No


Audio (L,R) out:1
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video out:1
HDMI out:2
Headphone outputs:1
Number of HDMI outputs:2
Remote (IR) output:1

Ports & interfaces

12V trigger: Yes
AM antenna ports quantity:1
FM antenna ports quantity:1
Multichannel pre out connectivity:RCA
RS-232 port:1
RS-232 ports:1
Speakers connectivity type:Clamp terminals


Power consumption (standby):0.1


Supported bands:AM, FM
Supported radio bands:AM,FM


Card reader: No

Technical Details

AirPlay: Yes
Apple docking compatibility:iPad, iPhone, iPod
Audio decoders:Dolby Digital Plus,Dolby Pro Logic IIx,Dolby TrueHD,DTS-HD Master Audio
Built-in audio decoders:Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Color of product:Black
Digital Signal Processing (DSP): Yes
Handheld remote control: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes


3D compatibility: Yes
Video D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit/192kHz

Weight & Dimensions