Blu-ray Players

Yamaha A-1020 Universal Blu-ray Player


Design and Setup of the Yamaha A-1020 Universal Blu-ray Player

On the front, the BD-A1020 is a very normal looking player. Your main playback controls are available, as well as a USB slot for BD Live memory or media playback. The display is a segmented display, like what you see in an alarm clock, and not the dot matrix displays you typically see. On the back you'll find a single HDMI output, component and composite video outputs, and a high quality set of stereo RCA outputs. There is no multichannel audio output, so despite being a universal player it won't be the correct choice for a multichannel analog system.

The BD-A1020 does feature 802.11n as well as Ethernet for Internet connectivity, though only on the 2.4 GHz band for the wireless system. Online you can stream content from Netflix, Picasa, and YouTube, and being connected allows you to control it from your iOS or Android device as well. The analog audio outputs are fed by a 32-bit DAC that supports up to 192 kHz sample rates, making it capable of handing everything that DVD-Audio and Blu-ray can hold. The remote is a non-backlit one that unfortunately deviates from the common playback control layout. Every button is also around the same size and there are no tactile indicators on any of them, making nighttime usage a challenge.

Setup of the BD-A1020 was simple, with an interactive setup feature taking me through very quickly. Inside the menu system I found support for 4:2:2, 4:4:4 and RGB colorspaces, RGB Full in case you are using it with a computer display, and a Source Direct mode. Once the Wi-Fi was connected, I was set to start my evaluation.