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Yamaha RX-A3030 Aventage Receiver

Yamaha RX-A3030 Aventage Receiver

Summary

  • Product Name: RX-A1030, A2030, A3030 Receivers
  • Manufacturer: Yamaha
  • Review Date: May 31, 2013 04:20
  • MSRP: $1199.95 (RX-A1030); $1699.95 (RX-A2030); $2199.95 (RX-A3030)
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
  • Buy Now

Product Name : RX-A1030

Amplifier Section :

  • Channel : 7.2
  • Rated Output Power (1kHz, 2ch driven) : 120 W (8 ohms, 0.9% THD)
  • Rated Output Power (20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven) : 110 W (8 ohms, 0.09% THD)
  • Dynamic Power per Channel (8/6/4/2 ohms) : 135 / 165 / 210 / 280 W
  • Surround Sound Processing :
  • CINEMA DSP : Yes (3D)
  • DSP Programs : 17
  • Compressed Music Enhancer : Yes
  • Dialog Level Adjustment : Yes
  • Virtual Presence Speaker : Yes
  • Dialogue Lift : Yes (No presence speakers required)
  • SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSP : Yes
  • Dolby TrueHD : Yes
  • Dolby Digital Plus : Yes
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx : Yes
  • DTS-HD Master Audio : Yes

Audio Features :

  • Pure Direct : Yes (With video on mode)
  • YPAO multi-point measurement : Yes (R.S.C. w/multi-point measurement)
  • High-resolution Music Enhancer : -
  • Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) : Yes
  • Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Setting : Yes
  • A.R.T. Wedge : Yes
  • Bi-amp capability : Yes
  • Audio Delay : Yes (0-500 ms)
  • 192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels : Yes (ESS)
Video Features :
  • 4K Ultra HD Pass-through 6 upscaling : Yes
  • HDMI 3D passthrough : Yes
  • HDMI Audio Return Channel : Yes
  • Component upconversion : Yes
  • HDMI upscaling : Yes (Analog to HDMI / HDMI to HDMI)
  • Deep Color/x.v.Color/24Hz Refresh Rate /Auto Lip-Sync : Yes
  • HDMI Input/Output : 8 (1 front) / 2 (Assignable for zone)
  • HDMI CEC : Yes (SCENE, device control)
  • USB Input : iPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player
  • Network Port : Yes (AirPlay, Pandora®, Rhapsody®, DLNA® 1.5, vTuner)
  • Front AV Input : HDMI (MHL support), USB, analog audio, optical, composite
  • Digital Audio Input/Output: Optical : 4 (1 front) / 1
  • Digital Audio Input/Output: Coaxial : 36586
  • Analog Audio Input/Output : 10 (1 front) / 1
  • Phono Input : Yes
  • Component Video Input/Output : 41365
  • S-Video Input/Output : 41365
  • Composite Video Input/Output : 5 (1 front) / 1
  • Multi-Channel Input : 8 ch
  • Preout : 7.2 ch
  • Headphone Output : 1
  • Connectivity :
  • MHL Support : Yes
  • AirPlay : Yes
  • DC Out : Yes
  • Tuner Section :
  • FM/AM Tuner : Yes
  • HD Radio Compatibility : Yes
User Interface :
  • On-screen display : Graphical user interface
  • SCENE : SCENE PLUS (12 sets)
  • App Control : Yes (iPhone / iPad, Android™ phone / tablet, Kindle Fire™ )
  • Web Browser Control : Yes
  • Remote Control Unit : Yes (Preset)
Zone Control :
  • Zone HDMI : Yes (HDMI zone switching)
  • Zone 2 Audio Output : HDMI / PRE OUT
  • Powered Zone : Zone 2
  • Zone 3 Audio Output : -
  • Zone Video Output : HDMI / Component / S-video / Composite
  • Zone 4 Audio Output : -
  • Zone B Output : HDMI
  • RS-232C Interface : Yes
  • +12V Trigger Output : 2
General :
  • Standby Power Consumption (IR only) : ≤0.3 W
  • Auto Power Standby : Yes
  • ECO mode : Yes
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) : 17-1/8” x 7-1/8” x 17”
  • Weight : 33.3 lbs.
  • Specifications :
  • Detachable Power Cord : Yes
  • Front Panel : Aluminum

Product Name : RX-A2030

Amplifier Section

  • Channel : 9.2
  • Rated Output Power (1kHz, 2ch driven) : 155 W (8 ohms, 0.9% THD)
  • Rated Output Power (20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven) : 140 W (8 ohms, 0.06% THD)
  • Dynamic Power per Channel (8/6/4/2 ohms) : 165 / 210 / 285 / 405 W
  • Surround Sound Processing : 
  • CINEMA DSP : Yes (3D)
  • DSP Programs : 23
  • Compressed Music Enhancer : Yes (High-resolution)
  • Dialog Level Adjustment : Yes
  • Virtual Presence Speaker : Yes
  • Dialogue Lift : Yes (No presence speakers required)
  • SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSP : Yes
  • Dolby TrueHD : Yes
  • Dolby Digital Plus : Yes
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx : Yes
  • DTS-HD Master Audio : Yes
Audio Features :
  • Pure Direct : Yes (With video on mode)
  • YPAO multi-point measurement : Yes (R.S.C. w/multi-point measurement)
  • High-resolution Music Enhancer : Yes
  • Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) : Yes
  • Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Setting : Yes
  • A.R.T. Wedge : Yes
  • Bi-amp capability : Yes
  • Audio Delay : Yes (0-500 ms)
  • 192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels : Yes (ESS)
Video Features :
  • 4K Ultra HD Pass-through 6 upscaling : Yes
  • HDMI 3D passthrough : Yes
  • HDMI Audio Return Channel : Yes
  • Component upconversion : Yes
  • HDMI upscaling : Yes (Analog to HDMI / HDMI to HDMI)
  • Deep Color/x.v.Color/24Hz Refresh Rate /Auto Lip-Sync : Yes
  • Video adjustment : Yes

Extensive Connection :

  • HDMI Input/Output : 8 (1 front) / 2 (Assignable for zone 2 / 4)
  • HDMI CEC : Yes (SCENE, device control)
  • USB Input : iPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player
  • Network Port : Yes (AirPlay, Pandora®, Rhapsody®, DLNA® 1.5, vTuner)
  • Front AV Input : HDMI (MHL support), USB, analog audio, optical, composite
  • Digital Audio Input/Output: Optical : 4 (1 front) / 1
  • Digital Audio Input/Output: Coaxial : 36586
  • Analog Audio Input/Output : 10 (1 front) / 1
  • Phono Input : Yes
  • Component Video Input/Output : 41365
  • S-Video Input/Output : 41365
  • Composite Video Input/Output : 5 (1 front) / 1
  • Multi-Channel Input : 8 ch
  • Preout : 7.2 ch
  • Headphone Output : 1
Connectivity :
  • MHL Support : Yes
  • AirPlay : Yes
  • DC Out : Yes
Tuner Section :
  • FM/AM Tuner : Yes
  • HD Radio Compatibility : Yes
User Interface :
  • On-screen display : Graphical user interface
  • SCENE : SCENE PLUS (12 sets)
  • App Control : Yes (iPhone / iPad, Android™ phone / tablet, Kindle Fire™ )
  • Web Browser Control : Yes
  • Remote Control Unit : Yes (Preset, learning, macro)
Zone Control :
  • Zone HDMI : Zone 2 (All sources), Zone 4 (HDMI only)
  • Zone 2 Audio Output : HDMI / PRE OUT
  • Powered Zone : Zone 2 / 3
  • Zone 3 Audio Output : PRE OUT
  • Zone Video Output : HDMI / Component / S-video / Composite
  • Zone 4 Audio Output : HDMI
  • Zone B Output : HDMI
  • RS-232C Interface : Yes
  • +12V Trigger Output : 2
  • Remote (IR) Input/Output : 41307
  • Party Mode : Yes
  • Zone GUI : Yes

General :

  • Standby Power Consumption (IR only) : ≤0.3 W
  • Auto Power Standby : Yes
  • ECO mode : Yes
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) : 17-1/8” x 7-1/2” x 18-3/8”
  • Weight : 37.7 lbs.
  • Detachable Power Cord : Yes
  • Front Panel : Aluminum

Product Name : RX-A3030

Amplifier Section

  • Channel : 9.2
  • Rated Output Power (1kHz, 2ch driven) : 165 W (8 ohms, 0.9% THD)
  • Rated Output Power (20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven) : 150 W (8 ohms, 0.06% THD)
  • Dynamic Power per Channel (8/6/4/2 ohms) : 175 / 220 / 295 / 410 W
  • Surround Sound Processing :
  • CINEMA DSP : Yes (HD3)
  • DSP Programs : 23
  • Compressed Music Enhancer : Yes (High-resolution)
  • Dialog Level Adjustment : Yes
  • Virtual Presence Speaker : Yes (Includes virtual rear)
  • Dialogue Lift : Yes (No presence speakers required)
  • SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSP : Yes
  • Dolby TrueHD : Yes
  • Dolby Digital Plus : Yes
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx : Yes
  • DTS-HD Master Audio : Yes
Audio Features :
  • Pure Direct : Yes (With video on mode)
  • YPAO multi-point measurement : Yes (With angle measurement)
  • High-resolution Music Enhancer : Yes
  • Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) : Yes
  • Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Setting : Yes
  • A.R.T. Wedge : Yes
  • Bi-amp capability : Yes
  • Audio Delay : Yes (0-500 ms)
  • 192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels : Yes (ESS)
Video Features :
  • 4K Ultra HD Pass-through 6 upscaling : Yes
  • HDMI 3D passthrough : Yes
  • HDMI Audio Return Channel : Yes
  • Component upconversion : Yes
  • HDMI upscaling : Yes (Analog to HDMI / HDMI to HDMI)
  • Deep Color/x.v.Color/24Hz Refresh Rate /Auto Lip-Sync : Yes
  • Video adjustment : Yes (With variable parameters)
Extensive Connection :
  • HDMI Input/Output : 8 (1 front) / 2 (Assignable for zone 2 / 4)
  • HDMI CEC : Yes (SCENE, device control)
  • USB Input : iPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player
  • Network Port : Yes (AirPlay, Pandora®, Rhapsody®, DLNA® 1.5, vTuner)
  • Front AV Input : HDMI (MHL support), USB, analog audio, optical, composite
  • Digital Audio Input/Output: Optical : 4 (1 front) / 1
  • Digital Audio Input/Output: Coaxial : 36586
  • Analog Audio Input/Output : 10 (1 front) / 1
  • Phono Input : Yes
  • Component Video Input/Output : 41365
  • S-Video Input/Output : 41365
  • Composite Video Input/Output : 5 (1 front) / 1
  • Multi-Channel Input : 8 ch
  • Preout : 11.2 ch
  • Headphone Output : 1
Connectivity :
  • MHL Support : Yes
  • AirPlay : Yes
  • DC Out : Yes
  • Tuner Section :
  • FM/AM Tuner : Yes
  • HD Radio Compatibility : Yes
User Interface :
  • On-screen display : Graphical user interface
  • SCENE : SCENE PLUS (12 sets)
  • App Control : Yes (iPhone / iPad, Android™ phone / tablet, Kindle Fire™ )
  • Web Browser Control : Yes
  • Remote Control Unit : Yes (Preset, learning, macro, full LED backlight)
Zone Control :
  • Zone HDMI : Zone 2 (All sources), Zone 4 (HDMI only)
  • Zone 2 Audio Output : HDMI / PRE OUT
  • Powered Zone : Zone 2 / 3
  • Zone 3 Audio Output : PRE OUT
  • Zone Video Output : HDMI / Component / S-video / Composite
  • Zone 4 Audio Output : HDMI
  • Zone B Output : HDMI
  • RS-232C Interface : Yes
  • +12V Trigger Output : 2
  • Remote (IR) Input/Output : 41307
  • Party Mode : Yes
  • Zone GUI : Yes
General :
  • Standby Power Consumption (IR only) : ≤0.3 W
  • Auto Power Standby : Yes
  • ECO mode : Yes
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) : 17-1/8” x 7-1/2” x 18-3/8”
  • Weight : 40.1 lbs.
  • Detachable Power Cord : Yes
  • Front Panel : Aluminum

Executive Overview

The Yamaha RX-A1030, RX-A2030, and RX-A3030 are the newest in the Aventage line of receivers from Yamaha. While it seems counterintuitive that spending a lot of money on a receiver can save you money, believe us when we say that is the case. When you are building a home theater, you tend to concentrate on the room at hand. You need enough amps for your speakers, enough inputs for your sources, and all the features you can afford. But when you start to expand your listening and viewing habits, you may find that your budget receiver that works just fine for you home theater, isn't nearly flexible enough for your real needs. Now you're looking at a second receiver or maybe even a third for your bedroom and whole home audio. Maybe you're now going to have to duplicate sources (Blu-ray players, streaming boxes), game systems, and add amplifiers. These expenses could all be avoided if you'd have just thought ahead at that initial receiver purchase.

The Aventage line of receivers from Yamaha is undergoing a revamp and the more expensive models have just come out. Starting at just under $1200 and topping out near $2200, these three receivers represent a ton of technology in similarly sized boxes. So, if you're planning more than just a theater room, get out your pencils and start making lists. Yamaha will be trying to convince you to spend your money with them.

The least expensive in the line is the RX-A730 but this article focuses on the RX-A1030, RX-A2030 and RX-A3030 Aventage receivers. Please assume unless specified differently that any feature listed on this receiver is contained on all the others. The RX-A1030 Aventage receiver will set you back $1199.95. It's a 7.2 channel beast with 120 watts per channel and weighs in at over 33 pounds. It has eight HDMI inputs (one MHL enabled one on the front) and two outputs (one useable for Zone 2 or to mirror the main room when using HDMI sources).  All three models employ a center mounted transformer, symmetrical amp layout, and dual heat sinks.  This type of attention to build quality is usually reserved to upper echelon products costing more than the $1,199 asking price of the RX-A1030 AV receiver.

yamaha_rx-a1030_front

yamaha_rx-a1030_back

There are a slew of inputs and outputs (as you'd expect on a receiver at this price point) so we'll focus on what is important. There are 7.1 channel analogue inputs for integrating legacy gear as well as outputs (7.2) for adding external amplification. Zone 2 can either be powered externally (via HDMI or analogue outputs) or internally by routing the amps. If you are one that rarely uses your Zone 2, the RX-A1030 has two additional pairs of speaker terminals so that you can switch configurations without switching cables. Yamaha's propriety Presence channels are also supported.

The RX-A1030 is fully networked and supports Apple's AirPlay, Pandora, and Rhapsody's music services out of the box. Your iOS, Kindle Fire, or Android device can download an app for control of the receiver. The A1030 sports ESS DACS and FLAC or WAV 192 kHz/24-bit audio playback. Video upconversion is on board all the way up to 4k. Of course 3D and Audio Return Channel (ARC) are also supported. The newest YPAO R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control) speaker calibration with multi-point measurement by Yamaha is also included.

The RX-A2030 represents a pretty big leap in price up $500 to $1699.95. What you get with this price jump is (among other things) two additional channels of amplification so you can run a full 9.2 channel setup, a bump up to 140 watts per channel, and a 4.5 pound increase in weight (up to 37.7 pounds). The number of HDMI inputs and outputs is the same but the number of zones jumps from two to four (which is huge if you are really worried about having one device controlling multiple zones in the same home).

yamaha_rx-a2030_front

yamaha_rx-a2030_bac

As you might expect, the number of speaker terminal pairs has increased on the RX-A2030 up to 11. This gives you the flexibility to change configurations and the internal amps to power not only a full 7.2 system but a second two-channel room. There is full zone control via the main receiver with Zone 2/3/4 on/off, Zone GUI, Zone 2/3 video assign and Party Mode all available. The second HDMI output can be routed to Zone 4 (the only way to get output to that zone). Zones 2 and 3 can be powered through the internal amps or by external amps through pre-outs. The subwoofer outputs on the RX-A2030 can be configured as  Left + Right, Front + Rear, or Monaural x 2.  This means you can configure them as a stereo pair or mono. The RX-A2030 now has HD Radio.

The RX-3030 is another $500 jump in price to $2199.95. This receiver again is 9.2 channels but now has 150 watts per channel. It is also expandable (via external amps) to 11.2 channels for the kind of home theater most of your friends didn't even know existed. At a touch over 40 pounds, is receiver will require a lot of grunting to move, but Yamaha is betting you'll think it is worth it.

yamaha_rx-a3030_back

Glancing at the back of the RX-A3030, it doesn't look all that different from the RX-A2030. The real change here is the addition to the Zones 2 and 3 pre-outs of "F. Presence" and "B. Presence" labels. This means that you can now add speakers to the front or back of your room (or both). This can also be done through the internal amps and the 11 pairs of speaker terminals will make that a little easier (though with all the options on the RX-A3030, we're betting there really isn't enough real estate for all the speaker connections one might want). The RX-A3030 is the first to list "multi-point/speaker angle measurement" to their YPAO R.S.C, showing that Yamaha has again increased the resolution of their speaker optimization DSP.  Yamaha's more advanced DSP engine (aka. CinemaDSP HD3) is makes its way into this receiver.

There are some conflicts on the Yamaha site. In one place, the RX-A3030 is listed as having Burr-Brown DACs while all the others list ESS (in fact, the previous RX-A3020 has ESS as well). MHL is supported just like the other two previous models.  While HQV Vida 1900 video chipset was present on last year's models (RX-A2020/A3020), this year both the RX-A2030 and RX-A3030 support Yamaha’s Original Video processing technologies.

We checked with Yamaha and they gave us a correct listing of the DAC break down for each model:

  • RX-A1030:  ESS Hyperstream DAC ES9006

  • RX-A2030:  ESS Sabre Premier DAC ES9006 x 2

  • RX-A3030:  ESS Hyperstream DAC ES9006, ESS Sabre Ultra 32 DAC ES9016

When new products come out, there are often errors on the websites that aren't corrected until someone (like us) points them out. When you do a direct comparison of the RX-A3020 and the RX-A3030 on the Yamaha site, they look essentially identical (even the weight is identical - a clear warning sign of a cut/paste problem). We'll have to see how this changes as their website is brought up to date.  One could argue the older RX-A3020 and newer RX-A3030 are nearly identical.  However, there are some key improvements:  A/V processing improved (ESS DAC’s / Yamaha Video) chipset, the addition of MHL, WAV & FLAC improved from 96k/24bit  to 192k/24 bit (2ch) can be important features for more tech savvy customers.

Conclusion

Looking for a full fledged flagship receiver for your home theater? Take a close look at the Yamaha RX-A1030. It's got most everything you could ever want. Want something to do all that plus power or feed multiples rooms in your home? Grab on to the RX-A2030. But if you want more speakers in your main home theater than most people have ever owned, and you want them all to work, the RX-A3030 is for you. Or if you want a discrete 2CH second zone home theater with advanced HDMI features,  the RX-A3030 is the receiver you will want to consider.

Sure, these are not receivers for the light of wallet. But if you're looking for not just a home theater receiver but one that will power your whole life, Yamaha's got a solution for you.

For more information, please visit www.yamaha.com.

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Recent Forum Posts:

Marc Tellevik posts on December 23, 2015 09:13
Not sure where the correct place for this question would be?

Is there any way to get the Yamaha RX-1030 to connect to a Linux server?
I know it has the ability to get music from Windows media servers.
TIA
MT
Tilmann posts on December 01, 2015 03:56
I'm currently putting my system together and I'm strongly considering to go for a Yamaha RX-A1010. Given that I will add a power amp for an upgraded music experience, the pre-out performance of the AVR is quite important to me. The RX-A1010 showed quite good results in the review, is it reasonable to expect that the RX-A1030 will perform similarly?? I couldn't find any dedicated review/performance test for the 1030, any advise?? I can currently get both for the same price, so logically I would go for the 1030 if its pre-out performs as well…
servant387 posts on April 07, 2015 18:01
Thanks for the review. I heard you mention that one could buy a new left over Denon 4520 ci for around $1200 and it is true but my concerns are the reviews. Of course many people love their Denon 4520 receiver and give positive reviews but there are so many negative reviews on the Denon so I am leaning towards the A3030. I have seen a lot less reviews but so far I have only seen one negative review on the Yammie and I`ll bet I have seen 20 negative reviews on the Denon.Any other tried and true suggestions?
AudioholicWill posts on September 22, 2014 11:57
Yamaha RX-A3030

Fellows, I think many of you are way too technologically or should I say engineerically inclined or involved (yes I know engineerically does not exist in the dictionary I just invented it), but why in the world the DAC the ESS, the GITTER, etc….why bringing all that techno Language to buy a receiver, not every Audiophile knows that.

Your ears, a gre8 set of speakers, gold plated banana plugs and most of all, 12 gauge, multi-stranded O2 free copper wires (inexpensive at Monoprice or ever more expensive higher end silver backs), and a brand of good reputation receiver are all you need.

That the Yamaha RX-A3030 is way too expensive, yes I know, but so are the other brands. I got it, brand new for less than $1400, not refurbished, brand new. I compared to top brands flagships like Marantz and Denon, really…. the difference is the price, the technology is the same. They all have good reputation.

At one point I could not tell the difference between a thin wire that came with my Infinity speakers or a higher end wire, however, after owning the RX-A3030 for 8 months I was not impressed so I went for higher end wires, still no impressed, not difference.

OK, let me try something else before I criticize this unit down. I have done calibrations (YPO) many times since I bought it. Why don't I completely clean it, wipe out all the settings, restore it to its factory settings, start from scratch and recalibrate. Voila, now I can tell you this unit is capable of doing what is supposed to do, in fact, all of them do if set up accordingly with the proper gadgets. The question is…. which brand do you prefer and how much are you willing to pay?
deejaysurfer posts on August 25, 2013 13:50
I have an RX-Z7 and I love it but it lacks a lot of modern features that I would like to simplify my home theater setup.

The big features I am looking for are:

• Dual HDMI out w/ Zone 2 output for a SEPARATE HD source in another room (will this be 2.0 audio?).
• AirPlay
•*HDMI Pass-through (make it easier for people at my place to use the set-up)
• Dual Subwoofer Outputs
• 7-8 HDMI Inputs
• Bi-Amp the front L + R for cleaner power (FYI I do NOT have a 7.1 hookup in the main room now)

I am looking at the Yamaha Aventage RX-A1030 or RX-A2030. I can see the differences but I was wondering with the information i have provided above what model would you recommend for me.

I appreciate your response

-Chad
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