AV receivers are constantly changing, constantly leap-frogging one another in features and capabilities. This year Yamaha announced its Aventage (RX-A) line and, in the process, jumped over a lot of the competition. And not a little jump, more like an Olympic gold medal long jump. Much of that jump is simply in the way of value – we mean the Aventage line in general has build quality and features that seem like it should cost a lot more than it does. The RX-A3000 takes that to the 'nth' degree. There are five receivers in the Aventage lineup and the RX-A3000 is the flagship. This 11.2 channel (140wpc x 7) A/V behemoth has endless configuration options, including dual independent subwoofer outputs, full power amp assignability, simultaneous usage of front effect and back channels, full 3D support, and HDMI Standby with switchable inputs even when the receiver is powered down. If you’re ready for the future, the RX-A3000 is ready to serve you in every capacity. It has proven itself to be a worthy and most importantly less costly successor to the venerable RX-Z7.
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First of let me say...Dam I hate you guys!! Thank you for the very thorough review. It took me 5 minutes to skim through all of your tests and it will take me a good hour to really understand what your test results have shown.
From your power tests, it looks like this receiver would be easily capable of handling any speaker syste thrown at it. This receiver is the very arguement why one doesn't need seperates anymore.
Now the reason I hate you guys is that you would have to show the set-up GUI of this receiver. Although I'm quite happy with the performance of my older RX-V1800, I really want this new receiver for the new set-up GUI and the multipoint YPAO. I WANT ONE!!
It really is nice to see Yamaha finally bring back products that are serious contendors to the likes of Denon and Onkyo.
Thnaks again for the great review.
Now we just need reviews of the Denon AVR-4311 and Onkyo TX-NR3008...
$2000 receiver shootout?
I see the warranty period is 3 years. Let's hope this line doesn't suffer the failures the Z7's are having.It has proven itself to be a worthy and most importantly less costly successor to the venerable RX-Z7.
I haven't heard of any failures for the Z7 and I've been using one which works flawlessly since I did the original review. They fixed the processing bug I discovered shortly after I published my review but as far as I know there have not been any hardware issues.I see the warranty period is 3 years. Let's hope this line doesn't suffer the failures the Z7's are having.
Pursuing the truth in audio & video...
Clint/Gene, I've been planning on replacing my Sony DA5ES (yes I know it's old, but I've never had a problem with it) with a new receiver to drive my 5.1 MMG-W (5 Ohm) system. The RX-A3000 or A2000 looks like a good option. Also considering the Pioneer Elite SC-37 (ICE Amps).
Do you see any problems with the Aventage driving my 5-Ohm system?
The only thing I would change about that reciever, besides the remote is to get rid of the proprietary surround processing and use Dolby's Proligic IIz instead. Other than that it seems to be a real winner. And I too favor their orange display over their current color scheme.
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The last pages (measurements) indicate the A3000 is quite capable driving 4 or 5-Ohm speakers.