Yamaha RX-A1080 AV Receiver Review & Comments

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    1. Steve Withers

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      Thanks for the review Steve. Does this AVR allow for an independent volume and distance management of subs?
       
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      I had a Yamaha receiver (RX-A2010) and couldn't really see the point of the DSP modes at all.

      I also hated the YPAO EQ as it gave different readings every time so I was never sure if it was accurate. And the remote was rubbish.

      Apart from this, it sounded pretty good!
       
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      My last three amps have been Yamaha. Currently have a 3070. I absolutely love the warm musical sound these produce. YPAO is a bag of spanners though. I really wish they'd use something else. I find the DSP modes a waste of time too. Apart from that, built like tanks and sound wonderful.
       
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      So I have a RX-A3070, and like the way it sounds. ditto the comments about the YPAO, it sucks. What I don't understand is with these modern receivers being so computer controlled, why the makers continue to saddle us with 1960s front panel control. Give up the remote already, and the OSD... not everyone uses a TV in their setup, and lets get really progressive and think outside the box. I want a black box with no knobs or buttons, only connections for components, and the ability to control it fully via a web interface. Yeah, I know I can kind of do this now, but not everything, and the web UI leaves a LOT to be desired. Forget all the DSP crap, my guess is no one really uses it anyway, and having it in only confuses users... it just gets in the way. If you HAVE to have some kind of "auto-eq" program, that's fine, but then give me a 10 band graphic EQ on each amp/channel so I can tailor the sound like I like it, not what your idea of "good" is. Setting up, running, and making it sound like YOU like shouldn't be so damn hard!!!!
       
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      I agree with the YPAO comments. I had assumed I was suffering because my RX-V381 is very much entry level, but obviously not. It’s different every time I run it. In the end I kept running it until it sounded roughly right to my ears and then realised it sounded better with all eq turned off. All a bit pointless really.
      It does sound really good though.
       
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      That comes from A20X0 upwards. A1080 cost 980£, A3070 only few hundred more and there could be air in those prices still. Few weeks ago they had these going for 999£.
      Yamaha RX-A3070 Aventage Black 9.2 Channel AV Receiver w/ MusicCast - AV Receivers / Amplifiers - AV Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists

      Refurbished A1070 with 3year warranty for 750£.
      Manufacturer Refurbished Yamaha RX-A1070 - Black
       
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      I suppose the 7.2-channels limitation of processing is only really a problem depending how many speakers you want to run which is pretty obvious.

      It would be interesting to see the true take up of immersive sound. Do 50% of the market use the full benefit of the AV receivers they buy? I dunno.
       
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      Glad it has those composite inputs - must be a deal breaker for most of us on the forums.
       
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      Yes I got my 3070 at AVOnline. Next day delivery £1200 - bargain (Well if you can call £1200 for an amp a bargain - me yes, my wife no lol). I suspect it's got very little different to the new 3080 and half the price!
       
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      Hi,
      I got my 3070 on A.V.Forums classifieds and it's a very nice receiver (previously 3040).
      For me though, they always seem to be more complex than they need to be.
      DSP modes are an unnecessary luxury in my eyes. I have an antimode 8033 cinema that e.q.'s the SVS sub, but the YPAO always seems to do a reasonable job.
      It's when I put on a bluray that my system starts to shine though.
       
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      I see the spec details show the amplification is Class D. Is that right? That is quite a radical change for Yamaha.
       
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      No. All Yamaha AV receiver use Class A/B amplification.


      Also note that the 135 watts quoted is in relation to the receiver's 2 channel dynamic power and not its 2 channels driven at 80hms rating. The actual rated power output for 20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven is 110 W (8 ohms, 0.06% THD).
       
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      OK, just a misprint. I quite happy with Yamaha sticking with Class AB.
      Looking to upgrade from my trusty AX863SE, but looks like the power output is only slightly higher. Anyway the 7 channel processing is a bit of a limitation as I already have a 7.1 setup and if I go to Atmos I'll need more channels. Will look at the 2080 or wait for the 2090 :smashin:
       
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      The DAC info is wrong also!

      Same power specs for A1080 vs. A1010. :) Just new features each year. This applies to other brands aswell. People should look carefully what features they need, not blindly jumping to new model.

      @Cliff i posted cheap A3070 if you didn´t notice, post #7. There isn`t much difference to `80 serie. A2090 comes next summer, but still likely misses 11.2 processing (7.2.4).

      2018 updates vs 2017 Aventage Models:

      • Surround Artificial Intellegence
      • Wireless Multi-Cast Surround
      • 1-More HDMI Output (Zone 2) for 3 Total
      • 2-XLR Pre-Outs (Front L/R Speakers)
      • New Back-Lit remote, with 8 Scene buttons
      • Bluetooth version 4.2 (receiver only)
      • 5.8Ghz WiFi support added
      • Improved GUI (?)
       
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      You may have to wait until next year for the A2090 (A2100????)? Yamaha have already indicated that they wont be replacing their flagship A3080 model this year and will be waiting until next year to replace it. THis is due to the introoduction of HDMI version 2.1. Denon are doing something similar and will not be introducing new replacements for anything above their AVR-X3500 model this year. It may be that Yamaha also waits until next yeat t replace the A1080 and the A2080? Note that the A1080 isn't a new model and was introduced last year.

      Also note that Yamaha's 2080 model includes 9 channels, but cannot be expanded beyond this. Only their flagship model allows you to add external amplification to facilitate 11 channel processing.
       
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      I upgraded from a A2040 to a A3080 setup in a 7.1.4 configuration using a NAD C270, I had in storage, for the front channels. I was using a Yamaha A-S1100 but that has since been moved to another room I've dedicated to 2 channel audio.

      Overall I like the 3080 although I do miss the line outs because I have a DAT recorder I use quite a lot so I've had to get a bit creative with the MusicCast feature of the amp using a Yamaha WXAD-10 connected to the DAT recorder's line in sockets.
       
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      Fully agree with you. I tried an Atmos setup with four Kef upfirers and it added nothing to my system at all. So since I’m unable to install the preferred overhead speakers I’m happy with a simple 7.1 which in itself is probably more elaborate a setup than the average. I’ve had a 3080 since Xmas and it’s a fine sounding amp, really like this series.
       

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