Hi All, new Aventage 1020 owner here. Quite pleased with this unit so far. Just performed a very, very overdue home theater system overhaul... in addition to replacing a 10-year-old Sony STR-DB1070 6.1 A/V receiver, I've just replaced an 11-year-old Sony 32" CRT (still has a great SD picture and a very nice 16:9 mode for widescreen-enhanced DVD's) with a Panasonic VT50 55" Plasma, and replaced an 11-year-old Panasonic DVD player with the Panny BDT500 Blu-Ray player. Sound is played through a 10-year-old Bose speaker setup consisting of 701 Series II full-size fronts with built-in sub, VCS-10 center, and Series 161 side and rear surrounds for a full 7.1 arrangement. I've run the YPAO setup a few times and, as another poster mentioned, I felt the sound was a bit flat with the YPAO settings. However, by manually adjusting the Parametric EQ I have a very pleasing sound now for my 2-channel stereo music (really 2.1, as the info screen shows the subwoofer channel active, which I love). Honestly haven't had a chance to run any Blu-Rays specifically to check out the full 7.1 PEQ settings yet.
A major factor for me choosing the Aventage A10XX line was the inclusion of a Phono connection, many legacy Video and S-Video connections which are output though HDMI, and a plethora of S/PDIF Coaxial and TOSLink inputs. I am carrying forward a number of pieces of legacy gear including a Technics 1200MKII turntable, Pioneer CLD-D702 Laserdisc Player (with S/PDIF digital audio output), and I even wish to resurrect an old Mitsubishi U-70 S-VHS recorder. Also, I have a Sony MXD-D5C 5-Disc CD Changer / MiniDisc Recorder deck, which I have specially modified for S/PDIF out (see here
). A big issue I had with the old Sony A/V Receiver was outputting S/PDIF audio from an MD or CD transport into the receiver... every track change which was accompanied by a standard 2-second track gap would cause the receiver to temporarily unlock the digital input. It would take a noticeable fraction of a second for the next track to become audible, as the first few beats of any track that would begin after a 2-second track space would be clipped off (and likewise when skipping forward or back tracks on a CD). I am very happy to report that the Yamaha has solved this issue! All the tracks on any CD play though just fine with no clipped track starts, whether there is a 2-second gap or not. W00t!
We have a Comcast Motorola DCX-3400M Cable DVR and typical Comcast silver remote control
. I have not been able to successfully program the Comcast remote to power on/off, nor control volume/mute of the Yamaha A1020 receiver. Anyone else have any luck with this? I do have the VieraLink turned on between the VT50 display, BDT500 BD Player, and Yamaha 1020 Receiver, so I CAN control Power and Volume of the receiver using any of those remotes only. Thanks!