Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3000 Audio/Video ReceiverNow the Yamaha Aventage Series is an excellent quality product. I've reviewed all the series below the RX-A3000 and if you've read them you should just know that the features are common with the RX-A2000 except for a couple additions. If that's all you want to know about then just cut to the end. For previous reviews on the lower to mid-range models take a look here:
The Aventage RX-A3000 A/V Receiver offers 3D and Audio Return Channel over 8 in/2 out HDMI, CINEMA DSP 3D, HQV video quality, new GUI, new YPAO with Reflected Sound Control, and an RS232 port with and Control4 certification for integration with custom installations. Along with network functions like DLNA certification and control via your web browser, the RX-A3000 is ready to become your home entertainment power player.
Yamaha uses Anti-Resonance Technology or A.R.T. It’s a fact that ground based and airborne vibration can damage the integrity of delicate electrical signals in the audio path. Yamaha remedied this by adding a fifth foot in the center of the bottom plate. It makes the chassis less susceptible to direct vibration.
Enhanced Power: Optimized Power Amplifier Layout with Ultra Low Jitter CircuitryThe symmetrical power amplifier layout evenly distributes weight across the amplifier to control vibration, improving signal-to-noise ratio for an improved sound experience. The high-quality Burr-Brown DACs feature a direct path to ground, not sharing the ground like in other amplifier designs, for a more efficient and clean signal. Built-in Ultra Low Jitter circuitry reduces jitter from digital sources, including HDMI, using a more precise timing control--so you can be sure of a stable audio/video signal, resulting in perfectly reproduced images and sound. A hybrid power supply makes the AVENTAGE series even more efficient. Independent power supplies for the digital and analog circuit results in less power consumption in standby mode, and a more efficient power transformer--so despite the power of the RX-A3000, it could cost you less to run.
New GUI, Web Browser Control, iPhone App, and RS-232 for Custom Installation
The RX-A3000 features many ways to control your media. I've mentioned it before but this is a new Yamaha feature that I find a big step up from previous manufactured models.
A new full-color GUI with support for album art lets you browse movies, music, and settings on your HDTV. DLNA compatibility delivers network features: Using a local area network (LAN) connection and Windows Media Connect, you can play MP3, WMA and WAV music from your PC or laptop, or listen to any of the thousands of stations available on Internet radio using the included MP3 vTuner data service. Yamaha Network Receivers get you connected to the vast music content available anywhere on your LAN and on the web. You can even control your receiver from any computer in your local area network via a web browser or use your iPhone to control the network AVENTAGE receiver.
An RS-232 port lets the RX-A3000 integrate easily with any custom home theater installation. Control4 certification provides effortless entertainment, comfort, convenience and peace of mind with one of the most popular home automation platforms.
Power / Decoding
The RX-A3000 features 8 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs (including 1 front) and 2 HDMI outputs (simultaneous), the RX-A3000 has room and power to spare for all your high-definition home entertainment gear. The front HDMI input is great for quick connection of the latest gaming consoles and HD camcorders.
HQV Video Processing for Upscaled and High-Definition Video
Yamaha™'s YPAO system uses a small microphone (included) and sophisticated equalization to automatically set the best sound for any room, no matter where the speakers are. I know from personal experience that this system is excellent for compensating for inconsistencies or awkward room shapes and speaker placements.
Multizone Capability for Extending Your Home Theater ExperienceWith support for audio and video in up to three zones, controllable by the full-color GUI and/or controls on front panel, the RX-A3000 can become your home entertainment hub no matter what room it's in. An included Party Mode enhances your next get-together.
- Output Power: 980 watts (140w x 7 RMS)
- Impedance: 8 ohms
- Frequency Response: 10Hz - 100kHz (+0/-3dB)
- Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.04%
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 100dB
- HDMI Inputs/Outputs: 8/2
- USB Inputs/Outputs: 1/0
- Ethernet Inputs/Outputs: 1/0
- Radio: AM/FM with HD Radio
- Dock Terminal for Compatible Accessories: 1
- Optical Inputs/Outputs: 4/1
- Coaxial Inputs/Outputs: 3/0
- Analog AV Inputs/Outputs: 5/1
- Component Video Inputs/Outputs: 4/1
- Composite/S-Video Inputs/Outputs: 5/5/1/1
- RS-232C Inputs/Outputs: 1/0
- Multichannel External Decoder: 8 channels
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/8" x 7-1/8" x 16-7/8"
- Weight: 37.5 lbs
Now the Aventage RX-A3000 is a step up in features and price from the lower models in the Aventage series but, it is worth the money if you require the features. As mentioned before, the features this receiver has are shared with the Aventage RX-A2000 with a couple differences.
- RX-A3000 has a bit more power at 140 watts x 7
- A double thickness base plate to better help support the weight of the 7 discrete amps and transformer
- Capable of 11.2 channels (9.2 for RX-A2000)
- Four separate zones (3 on the 2000)
- Angle control on the YPAO system, Yamaha's proprietary answer to Audessey automatic speaker configuration and parametric equalisation setup. According to Yamaha, "The RX-A3000 incorporates technology that determines the angle of your speakers to ensure CINEMA DSP programs perform at their optimum level in your home theatre room"
Again, the entire Aventage series is a solid investment. If you're looking for something for less? Take a look at one of the lower to mid-range models take a look here:
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