Yamaha Aventage RX-A3070 Review – Dolby Atmos Home Theater Setup!
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This 9.2-channel AVENTAGE network AV receiver features Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for surround sound realism. With the latest in HDMI technologies, experience movies in stunning 4K Ultra HD and high dynamic range (HDR). In addition, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma compatibility provide incredible contrast, smooth tone and rich, bright colors. The free MusicCast app makes it easy to access your music library and streaming music services. Add audio in up to 9 additional rooms with MusicCast wireless speakers or other MusicCast devices. Connect wirelessly via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and AirPlay wireless connectivity. Additionally, a phono input for vinyl playback, advanced HDMI zone switching and Zone 2 control options provide added system versatility.
This replaced an existing Yamaha receiver. I wanted a little bit more power and this definitely delivers. The other reason I bought this was to get the latest in 4K technology and it delivers there as well. I have had Sony ES and Denon receivers and Yamaha is my favorite of the three. It is easy to set up but you can get very detailed with it and there are so many options. This receiver should last a while and is flexible and powerful. My older receiver was a hammer but this is more like a 10lb sledge hammer. It really pushes the new speakers with a little extra umph that they really needed. Now they scream, in a good way.
Yamaha AVENTAGE has the ADVANTAGE
More to come as I explore the ins and outs but after setting up my 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos system and test driving the Arc, HDMI inputs and running some 4K UHD’s on my Xbox One S through this puppy, I have nothing but praise. Easy to connect to wi-fi network. A/V control phone app is just awesome. The menus are a little complex, especially after having test driven the new Yamaha’s with the lesser (but quite awesome!) TSR-5830 and enjoying how simple it was to navigate. But I’m sure I’ll get used to it in no time. This puppy is HUGE, but the craftsmanship is beautiful and it looks great on my shelf. If you are not going for full 9.2 or 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos, or for 3-zone home control, this guy is probably overkill, and you should consider the RX-A1070 or lower. I’ll post more as I continue to dig into it but for now, I’ll say, if you are considering this or other similarly priced or higher priced receivers, get this one. I previously had 3 great Sony receivers over the last 20 odd years but really didn’t like the new ones while looking to upgrade to 4K pass-through and full Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. I tried a Denon and a Marantz as well but I gotta say, this Yamaha really takes the cake for the cost.
2 Atmos/DTS-X setup and movies and music sound equally great on this
I did a lot of comparisons between the various AVRs before choosing the a2070. I looked at the Pioneer/Onkyo Elite the Sony and the Denon/Marantz models of comparable price. None of them offer the comparable features to the Yamaha. I’m running a 7.1.2 Atmos/DTS-X setup and movies and music sound equally great on this. My previous receiver was a Pioneer VSX-1124k and while that model sounded pretty good, i could never drive it quite loud enough. Also the AVR switching was horrendously slow. Not so with the Yamaha. The Yamaha also features some of the best internet connectivity if that is your thing. This is a beast of a receiver. Its not cheap but if I looked at the various comparisons and reviews of the other models in this price class and the Yamaha had the most to offer. I had fully intended to purchase a Pioneer Elite but after reading about the Yamaha Aventage models and researching the new Pioneer models, I just couldn’t justify any of the other brands. I’ve had this for a month so far and the only issue i have ever had is the receiver can draw more power than my old home’s wiring can handle on a single outlet when sharing that outlet with a bunch of other devices, causing the safety protection to trip and turn off the receiver. This only happens when i have it all the way cranked, well past the level of painful to the ears. Just realize this thing draws a lot of power so you probably don’t want it on some cluttered power strip with a bunch of your other devices.But again I love in a very old home with ancient wiring so I cant blame the Yamaha for this. Overall this is the kind of receiver that you can keep for years of enjoyment.
What a Difference in Sound!
On my wish list for nearly two years along with the a pair of Klipsch RP-140SA Atmos speakers, waiting for a significant price reduction for both. Middle of May came my opportunity and now my entertainment system has Dolby Atmos! The best way to describe the difference in sound quality is for this El Paso TX dude to use the A/C analogy of going from evaporative air to refrigerative air! The medium-sized entertainment room is now completely filled with 9.1 channels of theater-level sound while playing TV, movies, games and music. Definitely worth the wait and price! Since I was replacing an older Yamaha, connection and setup was surprisingly easy but would definitely suggest professional installation to anyone not experienced using the sound calibration features and equipment.
To good to be true
This thing is amazing! The sound is crisp and pristine! The bass is tight and extremely well defined. It’s perfect in every way. Network connectivity is great. One downside is that it’s huge. One guy if complaining about color coded speaker terminals..? Seriously? Another guy says you can get the same sound quality from a $500 system… I can tell you that’s not the case. Any electronics engineer will come to the same conclusion. I can’t believe I picked it up for $1000 bucks.
Best Yamaha ever! Love it and would always recommend to friend to buy Yamaha (Especially RX-A2070 for all the features)
Video Black Outs
Love the sound and features of my Yamaha av 2070. Only problem was the following. I hooked up my receiver to a Directv mini genie and a Sony XBR 930E and had the following problem. Video would go dark for a second or two every minute or so continuously. I contacted Directv and we determined that the problem was not with them when I connected the genie directly to the TV. No problem with Video. I then contacted Yamaha Service Tech and he advised me to change my video setting in the Advance menu to see if this eliminated the problem. Problem with video continued. I changed the Video setting back to the highest setting. On my own I looked at all of my settings and found that I had changed the receiver Video Processing mode to “Direct” because it did not make sense to have the receiver “and” the Sony TV convert the signal for a lower resolution programming. I decided to change the mode to “Processing” and when I switched on the TV the video black outs were eliminated. I had read on line that a reviewer had recommended that the video processing should always be done by the 4K TV and not the AV Receiver. Not in my case. The picture improved a great deal by utilizing both the AV and TV processing. Hopefully, this will help others who experience the same problem as I did.
I love this thing
I love this thing, its way expensive, but the zones were what I needed to push a 5.1 inside system, and 4 speaker outdoor on different zones and inputs.
Nice upgrade to my older Yamaha RX-A2030
I needed to upgrade my receiver as the old one didn’t support my 4K devices and this supports them fine and also has many new features which I hope to use in the future (Dolby Atmos). It does take a while to get things moved from the old to the new and set up preferences but so far after that was done it has been smooth sailing
great HT amp
its a Yamaha what else needs to be said. if this has your features and power rating you will not be disappointed.