Yamaha RX-A3040 AV Receiver Review

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      Hmm, Still loving my Z9 but the lack of hdmi inputs does become a problem (No PS4 on my amp). Maybe it's the time to update?
       
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      What I would love/pay to see is a shootout/comparison of this Yamaha vs Denon's X5200 vs Onkyo's TX-NR3030 with a heavy focus on which one does the best auto EQ (maybe throw the Anthem 710 in too).
       
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      Hi.
      Have you any views on the RX-A1040.
       
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      The Anthem wouldn't be very poignant given it lacks the Atmos abilities of the other flagship models. You did miss out Pioneer though and they have adopted Atmos and they too have a new flagship receiver that includes it.

      Which has the best room correction wouldn't really address which sounds the best. You can have the best EQ correction in the world, but this isn't to say the receiver's own audio signature and characteristics are desirable. Anthem is probably without a doubt the best option in terms of both its room correction and indeed its audio abilities, but very deficient in other areas. Marantz, Denon and Onkyo (Integra) all used to use the same room correction as provided by Audyssey, but they didn't all sound the same.

      Which is the best room correction is a seperate matter to which is the best sounding AV receiver.

      I'd personall and from experience rather have a review done without the room correction and have audio components appraised upon their own key attributes. Many receivers sound an aweful lot better with the EQ correction disengaged.
       
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      Funny you should say that, hopefully you can see the picture of the rack, but we have:

      Anthem 510
      Yamaha 3040
      Denon X5200
      Onkyo 3030 (still in box, so not in rack yet)

      The picture of how we switch between AVRs efficiently is also attached:)
       

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      Any chance of more pictures of the boxes they came in?


      ( I've a cardboard fetish :blush: )
       
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      I believe our very own @Steve Withers has one in for test and will post his views in due course.
       
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      Just for you Dante ;)
       

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      Thanks. The box is a far too often neglected aspect of home theatre ;)
       
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      Well I'll be getting the X5200 in for review soon but it will have to be very impressive to beat the MRX710, that's still the reference point as far as I'm concerned.
       
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      Actually I've got the A2040 in for review Ed, along with the Marantz SR7009.
       
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      My mistake- if the powers that be wish for it, I'll see if I can visit the 1040 in due course.
       
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      Sounds like a very good receiver but the Denon models 4100,5200 have audyssey xt32 and Dyn Eq which I'm very partial to on my x4000, plus they're Atmos ready. I can't see myself getting a Yamaha for those reasons unless an audition sways me.
       
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      As I mentioned earlier, you shouldn't put too much importance on the room correction alone. I own both an Audyssey equipped AV receiver and a Yamaha and despite the supposed superiority of Audyssey's system, I still prefer the sound of my Yamaha AV receiver with its supposedly inferior parametric YPAO system. Room correction only really comes into play if your room actually has issues that need correcting. No system improves the underlaying signature audio. If you put so much importance on the room EQ then Anthem trumps Audyssey. The room correction is only part of the equation and definately not the primary concern.

      Dynamic EQ? You'd be happy with any Yamaha receiver and its ability to manipulate the EQ in relation to the environment you are listening in. DSP really means something when relating to a Yamaha receiver and they give you real DSP options you will want to use. Yamaha don't just include DSP as a gimmick, they use real world parameters based on decades of research. Dynamic EQ is a one trick pony and hardly subtle in its execution.

      I really would suggest you make your decision based upon an audition as opposed to reading the specs or based upon pre conceived perceptions about room correction ;)
       
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      I don't like Yamaha DSP, I've had a couple of Yamaha receivers before and thought those features were useless but I very much like Dyn Eq on the Denon. It's not a feature I could give up easily now I'm familiar with it.
       
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      I said above I'd like a comparison of all of them as I would like opinions buddy. I have heard the 710, X5200W and the terrible SC-LX88 (hence why I didn't want it in the comparison lol) and am well aware what they sound like, but I really want to know how good a job each do in the same room at making the room disappear. My demos were in separate dealers in very different rooms. I'm well aware the 710 is the reference but I would love to know how close the Denon etc can get to their level of room correction. There are no dealers near me that are willing to bring all 3/4 receivers to my house for an audition even though I can guarantee a sale after the winner has been found ;)

      The problem is I live 3 miles away and have a friend who works for Pulse Marketing and after hearing what I would consider as not just the best room but also the best system in the country I have a very big yearning to upgrade my audio equipment now that I have a picture that I'm content with (for now) :)
       
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      So any tests would therefore need to be executed in your room. I wonder if AVF can arrange this ? :)
       
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      Ed - thanks for the great review - you're not the only one who misses the orange display on the old Yammies! It would be nice for the Atmos bandwagon to take stock of itself and stop basking in all it's one disc glory - I'm sure it will be the next big thing but here and now is vanilla 5/7.1/2 and I for one would like to see reviews of the more affordable items in the chain that don't carry the Atmos badge - the RX-A840 for instance.
      I have the 830 and have no intention of buying the 840 but have you tried finding a review of the 830 online...?
      One thing I do agree with above all is that the Yamaha's take some tweaking to get the best and a lot of listening - I came from a bright sounding Pioneer back to the rather neutral sounding Yamaha brand and it did take some getting used to. I think the thing with them is that they do everything rather well and nothing stands out. The Pioneers are known for their brightness, Onkyo for their big upfront sound and the Denons for not a lot these days...:)
       
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      I think you're twisting my words there a bit bud. If the 710 sets a reference for room correction in the AVF room and for example the Denon came a close second then I'm pretty sure it would be the same in 99% of environments. It's basically a test to find what the room correction software of each receiver is capable of doing. I'd be really interested to read what each system does with the sub as well. The 710 I heard with and without correction was a massive improvement whereas the MCACC made it worse.
       
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      I don't think I have seen any films starring "Mark Wahlburg" ;)
       
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      Hi Steve, when do you think the review for the LX88 will be up?

      Many thanks
       
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      Quick question, can the two HDMI outputs be independently set, eg HDMI out 1 displays what's happening on HDMI in 5, and HDMI out 2 displays whats happening on HDMI in 3?

      Or are they cloned so they show the same material?

      Jas.
       
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      The receiver has the ability to facilitate a second HDMI zone via its second HDMI output and can output a different HDMI source via each of its HDMI outputs. Note that the receiver only passes through the second HDMI zone content and plays no part in processing the associated signal if using the second output as a second HDMI zone feed. Only the source associated with the HDMI 1 output would be processed via the receiver if using the second output as a second zone feed.
       
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      Mine arrived today. Looks very nice. Planning to install it tomorrow.
       
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      Not sure if you are aware, but using the integrated web setup page, is much easier than using a display and remote;)
       
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      Atmos update now available via Yamaha website...
       
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      Well, so far, my only grumble with my new Yamaha receiver is with the ugly (IMO) infill section in the top of the case (photo below). It's hard for me to ignore, because it's a different colour from the rest of the case, and the receiver is at the top of my AV stack. This is not a design feature I've come across before (previous AV amps Denon AVC-A1 and Pioneer SC-LX83), but the sellers assure me it is entirely normal: "the infill section that you mention is absolutely normal on these receivers (and similar on quite a few others). I believe that it is to do with helping the damping and isolation properties of the chassis but I’m sure Yamaha themselves could explain in more detail why they use this design, if you would like to speak to them you can contact Yamaha technical support on 0844 811 1116."

      Perhaps not surprisingly, it isn't visible in any of the Yamaha promo photos I've seen, although there is a hint of it in the photo of the AVF set-up. (Hard to be sure because of the angle.) Did the review receiver contain this infill section?

      Yamaha_Top_1.JPG
       
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      Paul,

      It is normal, and evident on our demo unit.

      I have also seen this style on other manufacturers' AVRs..
       
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      Thanks, Rickyj. That sets my mind at rest! (I still think it looks ugly, but no doubt I will eventually get used to it.)
       

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