Yamaha RX-A2000 7.1 A/V Receiver


Conclusions about the Yamaha RX-A2000 7.1 A/V Receiver

I have a high bar for Yamaha, given my history with them. While I was impressed with the features (for the price) of the RX-V665 last year, I was underwhelmed with its sound quality. This year, Yamaha promised flagship sound quality at a very tempting price in their new "Aventage" product line. While overall I was very impressed, there are definitely some areas for improvement: This receiver is not high on the user-friendly scale. If you're an A/V receiver novice, there's a steep learning curve to figure out all the features, options, and settings. The manual is very poorly written and organized, which does not help matters at all. For example, even this reviewer was stumped and had to contact Yamaha technical support to solve what turned out to be a fairly simple problem. The amplifier assignment feature is close to greatness, but ultimately falls short by locking you in to pre-defined configurations. I would really, really like to see Yamaha fix the amplifier assignment feature. Many of these things could be fixed with firmware updates, and a re-write of the user manual.

All that said, the many positives of this receiver far outweigh the few negatives. Both the feature set and sound quality of the RX-A2000 are top notch. Now that it's finally set up, I really enjoy listening to and using this receiver. The HQV Vida chip offers fantastic (for HDMI) video processing. Finally, the RX-A2000 is as future proof as any CE product can be, with a thorough upgrade path via amplifier pre-outs for all channels, two 12V triggers for external amps/devices, and easy firmware updates via USB or direct via the Internet. All this for under $1500 SRP - that's a great deal in my opinion. Despite its usability shortcomings, the Yamaha RX-A2000 is a bargain. You would be hard pressed to find a better bang/buck ratio in the current AVR market.