Along with the growing popularity of custom home theater builds, the comparison of Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2080 and Sony STR-ZA810ES takes place. According to the results of our review, Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2080 received 8.6 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STR-ZA810ES was rated 7.4 points. The release date of AVENTAGE RX-A2080 is 2018, and STR-ZA810ES is 2017. Based on the data on the characteristics and features of both models, we can conclude that AVENTAGE RX-A2080 has better performance than STR-ZA810ES.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 8 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2080 supports 9.2-channels sound, but Sony STR-ZA810ES supports a 7.2-channels configuration.
RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. The differences between the models in terms of RMS power are significant - for the AVENTAGE RX-A2080 this value is 140/8 W/Ohm, and for the STR-ZA810ES it is 100/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||140/8, 220/4||100/8|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 4||8|
|THD in stereo, %||0.06||0.09|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVENTAGE RX-A2080 9 out of 10, and the STR-ZA810ES - 7.
Most receivers now come with a microphone included. It is with the help of this microphone that the auto-calibration system functions, which adjusts the sound of the receiver to the room.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||ESS SABRE ( ES9007S) 384 KHz/32-bit||384 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||YPAO||DCAC EX|
|Speaker A/B switching||✖||✖|
|Other audio features||CINEMA DSP, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT||Hi-Res audio|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2080 scored 8, and Sony STR-ZA810ES scored 9 out of 10.
Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.
DLNA is the perfect way to use your local cloud storage to stream movies and music directly to a TV. You can use the DLNA protocol only with Sony STR-ZA810ES.
|USB||1 (USB 2.0)||1 (USB 2.0)|
Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.
|Apple Music (AirPlay)||AirPlay, AirPlay 2||AirPlay|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Sirius XM, Napster, Qobuz||has not|
The presence of many connectors makes the receiver more versatile. But there are also narrowly targeted models, the number of connectors which are limited to a certain area of use. And when choosing their own receiver, users need to consider exactly your goals for using the receiver. For extensive connection, Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2080 got 9 points, but Sony STR-ZA810ES received 7 points.
Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2080 is equipped with 7/3 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Sony STR-ZA810ES has 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs.
The HDCP encryption protocol is now mandatory for most media devices. This security technology encrypts digital signals from one product to another. HDCP content-encryption protocol is present on Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2080 in the HDCP 2.3 version, and Sony STR-ZA810ES has the HDCP 2.2 version.
Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the AVENTAGE RX-A2080 has a Phono interface.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.3||HDCP 2.2|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||2||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||3||1|
|Coaxial digital input||3||1|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✖|
|Front panel connectors||USB, phones, setup mic, AUX||USB, phones, setup mic|
|Multi channel preamp output||✔||✖|
The AV receiver is the heart of the home theater. And in this case, support for all current video formats ensures the best user experience, so it is very important to consider this when choosing a device. Video features of rivals in our comparison were rated 9 out of 10.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10||HDR10|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/60Hz||4K/60Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|3D signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✔||✔|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|Other video features||DeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020, HLG||HLG|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the AVENTAGE RX-A2080 got 10 points, but the STR-ZA810ES has 8.
Only the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2080 has the ECO mode.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant||Google Assistant|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android|
|Display||colour OSD||colour OSD|
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✔||✔|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✔||✔|
|Firmware update||network, USB||network, USB|
|Other additional features||has not||NFC|
As the center of a home media system, each multichannel receiver has an additional set of terminals for connecting the second set of speakers to create additional audio space in Zone 2 or even Zone 3 where audio can have the separate source.
|Zone audio output||speaker, preout||speaker, preout|
|Zone HDMI output||✔||✔|
|Multi-room control||MusicCast||Music Center|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||1/1||1/1|
|DC trigger output (12V)||2||0|
For the ability to create multichannel surround sound, each of the receivers received 7 points out of 10.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS Neo:6||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD|