Yamaha Aven­t­age RX-A1080

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Com­pared with the cat­e­gory win­ner op­po­site, the RX-A1080 has seven rather than nine chan­nels, each rated at 110W rather than 150W, and a lower level of ESS Sabre DAC for the au­dio con­ver­sion (but hey, still ESS Sabre). There are a few more lim­i­ta­tions on its video pro­cess­ing (such as res­o­lu­tion changes when in­vok­ing menus over scaled video). But with its lower price of $2099, it makes a strong case for those who don’t need quite the power or flex­i­bil­ity of­fered by the top-level in­te­grated Aven­t­age. Nine sets of bind­ing posts al­low use­ful flex­i­bil­ity in set­ting up dif­fer­ent ‘Scenes’ to switch be­tween, there’s still Alexa com­pat­bil­ity and Yamaha’s Mu­sicCast mul­ti­room stream­ing plat­form to play with. Its high-res au­dio abil­i­ties are im­pres­sive.

So if you only want seven chan­nels of power, you’ve got some weigh­ing up to do be­fore de­cid­ing whether to save your­self a sweet $900. We very much doubt you’ll be dis­ap­pointed with the over­all per­for­mance here.

More info: au.yamaha.com

JUDGES’ COM­MENT “Seven chan­nels plus the ver­sa­til­ity of Scene switch­ing and Mu­sicCast make this a con­tender.”

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