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Yamaha RX-A860 Aventage - Awards and Reviews
December 2016
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Yamaha RX-A860 Aventage
7.2 Receiver
HDMI 2.0 with 4K Ultra HD Full Support with 4K 60p, HDCP2.2
4K Ultra HD 50Hz/60Hz pass-through and upscaling
HDR Video and BT.2020 pass-through
Supports 3D and Audio Return Channel
Eight HDMI inputs (1 front, HDMI 1 - 3 support HDCP2.2)
Two HDMI outputs (support HDCP 2.2)
Networking capabilities - stream music from a computer/NAS
Apple Airplay and Bluetooth streaming
Access to internet radio (vTuner), Napster and Spotify Connect
Front USB input for memory devices and iPhone/iPod models
2 component inputs, 1 component output
2 optical + 2 coaxial digital inputs
FM / AM Tuner
Phono input
7 x 160 watts into 4 ohms
Auto setup, via plug- in mic
Full 7.2 channel pre-outs
192 kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels
Supports Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic IIx
DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X
Free AV Controller App available for easy, convenient operation
Yamaha MusicCast
Weight: 10.50kg
Height: 171mm  |  Width: 435mm  |  Depth: 382mm
Like all Home Cinema amps, this unit ideally needs at least two inches of free air space above it, in order to ventilate properly.
Music streaming via wire is far more reliable than via Wi-Fi. If you can't run an Ethernet cable from your router to this unit, then simply buy a pair of mains Ethernet extenders from Amazon for around £25. They plug into your mains sockets and use the mains wiring in your house as an Ethernet cable - they are brilliant!
Apple AirPlay allows the wireless streaming of music from an iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch to this unit, as long as this unit is connected to the router in your house.
Bluetooth only works reliably if both the sending and receiving units are in the same room.
This product carries a free 3 year warranty, if you register it on-line at the manufacturer's website.
Black or Titanium
Yamaha RX-A860 Aventage 7.2 network receiver
Scaled down version of the award winning RX-A1060 !

Imagine Yamaha's brilliant, What Hi-Fi award winning RX-A1060 (SRP £1099) but with fewer inputs, a lower spec DAC and less power - that's the RX-A860, which has an SRP of £899. Out of the two amps, we would always recommend the 1060, but if budget is tight, you might want to consider the 860.

The reason the 860's predecessor (the RX-A850) was so popular was that it gave customers many of the important features of the next model up, but at a lower price. The new 860 is a similar proposition, but it is perhaps arguably true that it is relatively weaker in the market place than the 850 was, because it is the 1060 that has attracted all the review attention this year. Nonetheless, the 860 should not be dismissed if your budget is limited, because it gives you Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2, plus DTS:X, plus 8 x HDMI inputs (all with HDMI 2.0a (HDR) and three with HDCP2.2) plus twin HDMI outputs (both with HDCP2.2) plus Bluetooth, plus ultra high quality DACs, plus 24 bit / 192 kHz streaming, plus support for DSD up to 5.6MHz, plus 2nd zone HDMI switching, plus 7 x 160 watts, plus 4K upscaling, plus networking, plus HDMI pass-through, plus HDMI audio return, plus Apple AirPlay, plus Napster, plus Spotify Connect (Premium account required), plus an ultra rigid 5th foot, plus a generous 3 year warranty. If you have an Android phone, an iPhone or an iPad and have the 860 connected to your home network, you can use Yamaha's excellent free App to stream music straight from your phone to the 860 - wirelessly! You can even use the App to turn your smartphone into a remote control for this amp. The only fly in the chardonnay is that Denon’s highly reviewed AVR-X3300W arguably gives you just as much, yet costs significantly less than the 860, making it an even more attractive proposition.

What you also get if you buy this Yamaha amp (or indeed most other of the 2016 / 2017 Yamaha amps) is the company's clever new multi-room solution called MusicCast. The idea is that Yamaha units equipped with MusicCast (e.g. the latest Yamaha soundbars and Bluetooth speakers) can be placed in different rooms of the house and made to 'talk to each other' wirelessly and all be controlled independently via an excellent free Yamaha App. This means that virtually any music content (even LPs!) can be streamed anywhere in the house, so that it simultaneously plays in every room. Or, you can have different sources, playing in different rooms, at different volumes. And all controlled by your smartphone / tablet. Very simple, very effective and totally exclusive to Yamaha, although, to be fair, other makes do have equivalent alternatives (eg Denon's excellent HEOS system).

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