Someone needs to start an owners thread.
The RX-773 thread is the RX-A820 owner's thread.
I have bought another B stock from a brick and mortar dealer before off ebay, and that deal went well.
I paid what I thought was the market rate for it.
Anyway, just wondering how people liked their A820. I realize I already bought it, but they claim I can return if not satisfied. I would assume it's not too different than my 867
One thing I am curious about is the internet radio. Does Pandora work well on the A820?
Setup is typical Yamaha. It told me I had a phase issue. I had seen that error on some past receivers, and checking showed no issue. In this case, I had made a mistake. Yay for Yamaha in this case.
Remote is not particularly well designed. As I get older, I wish they found a way to reduce the mess of buttons on these things. It's not awful, but it's not great.
I can think of a number of ways to simplify the remote. Reduce the buttons needed to select sound modes, most of which are pointless.
Also, why make it so hard to find the setup button? Why call it on screen? Why have the left up/down buttons be 'program' which change the sound mode? That's dumb as it's easy to hit that rather than the adjacent volume. They don't think about these things, but they SHOULD (any competent user could point out control deficiencies in minutes of use.)
Back panel seemed well organized. I managed to hook up stuff without looking at a manual, with substandard eye-sight and lighting. I do wish they would better label the outputs. I mean, most people just need to hook up a subwoofer, and it was hard to see that input.
As always, I suggest buying banana plugs to simplify speaker hook up.
Pandora works great. Long may it live. Did not trying anything else, as Pandora meets my limited music needs. All I want is cleaning music, and background music, and wake up in the morning music.
Display is very easy to read (at least those things that normally matter.)
People will ask about sound of course. Sounds perfect to me. When you test the sound, make sure you use a high quality source. Don't test it with compressed music, unless it's transparently compressed. Anyway, sounds fine, as expected. Hard to tell how much power it has. I would say, more than I could use without getting evicted from my apartment
I think, if bought on sale, and you want the following options, this is a decent receiver -
* Higher power than those stripped down budget models ( I am not supposed to say what I paid, but I think many people would welcome the big step up from those budget models for the price difference)
* Yamaha vs Denon (Yamaha's downside seems to be a lack of innovation in their user interfaces, and a disdain for "newer" tech like Audyssey)
* The better warranty of Aventage (but not if you buy B stock like I did
I would not pay MSRP for this, by the way. I suggest potential buyers buy last year's tech. Very little has changed with AVRs in the last 4-5 years. Internet options improve a bit is all. Some people may want the latest 4k, 3D whatever and be forced into this years model. But try to avoid it
Pretty much no one purchased this guy until Newegg sold off their new units for $449 to $499. I have yet to unpack my remote as I use a universal remote. In my case the Virtual Dialogue Lift makes it a winner. That and the dynamic surround field. In my room audio tracks come alive more so than the last several receivers.
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