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panteragstk

panteragstk

Audioholic Ninja
Above the Yamaha RX-A3080 is the massive Denon AVP-A1HDCI, which died after 8 years so now it is just paperweight.

I do have a bit of “seller’s remorse“ selling the AVR-5308 because it is a beast. The Yamaha feels like a lightweight in comparison. :D

The AVR-5308 can output about 340 watts RMS x 2Ch into 4 ohms, while the RX-A3080 can output about 300 watts RMS x 2Ch into 4 ohms.

I listened and sang karaoke last night on the Yamaha AVR connected to the Yamaha MIXER. :D

I’ve always preferred not using any kind of auto room correction EQ. Same with both the Denon and Yamaha. So the SQ is the same in “direct” modes.

There are differences between the Denon and Yamaha.

1. Direct Mode/Pure Direct Mode and Bass Management. Denon allows Subwoofer usage even in Pure Direct mode. Yamaha does not allow bass management in Pure Direct mode. However, Direct modes sound the same to me as “Straight” (Yamaha) and “Stereo” (Denon) modes. Except for KARAOKE! :D

2. Karaoke Mode. Okay, there’s no such thing. I just made this up. :D But huge difference here. Night and day difference. In Stereo mode, there is a slight delay in vocals through the Mixer for karaoke. It’s like a slight “echo” effect, which may be fine for most people who use “echo” for karaoke. But I prefer no echo effects of any kind. Thus, with the Denon, I had to use Direct Mode.

Since Denon allows Sub output in Direct mode, there’s not an issue.

But since Yamaha doesn’t allow Sub output in Pure Direct mode (Yamaha doesn’t have a Direct mode), this created a problem for me.

Yamaha’s PD mode seems to be made for FULL RANGE Large speaker, which doesn’t need a Sub. So it routes all the bass to the Front L/R speakers.

Solution: I have to use the Yamaha‘s XLR Balanced Front Left/Right Output to connect to the RBH SA-500DSP Sub amp XLR Input. Then use the Sub amp’s XO/PEQ to set LPF (150Hz), HPF (25Hz), XO Slope (12dB), and PEQ settings.

I boost the PEQ from 25Hz-80Hz to create that “Dynamic EQ” bass effect.

So now I use the Yamaha in Pure Direct mode.

But again, the end result is the same Sound Quality with both RX-A3080 and AVR-5308.

3. Once again, the Yamaha’s WiFi Remote App and Music Streaming (MusicCast) work perfectly, unlike the Denon’s. I was able to easily set up and control the MusicCast for Zone 1 (Living Room) and Zone 2 (Back Porch). There’s also the option for Zone 3 since I’m not using all of the Yamaha’s internal amps. So going back in time, I would have wired more speakers for more zones. :D

In conclusion, the SQ of the RX-A3080 is excellent like the AVR-5308. “Karaoke mode” is also excellent with Pure Direct mode. :D
Nice. Glad it worked out for you.

One observation. You have quite a few disc players there my friend. You still use them all?
 
AcuDefTechGuy

AcuDefTechGuy

Audioholic Jedi
Is the back porch a zone on one of the other Yamahas?
The Back Porch is Zone2 for the Living Room (Zone1) of the RX-A3080. When using MusicCast, both Zones 1 & 2 are synchronized (play same source). But you can use MusicCast for one zone and another Source for zone2.

“Home Theater“ is from the CX-A5100.
 
AcuDefTechGuy

AcuDefTechGuy

Audioholic Jedi
Nice. Glad it worked out for you.

One observation. You have quite a few disc players there my friend. You still use them all?
I don’t use ANY disc players.

Those BD/DVD players work. But they are now just “decor” pieces like the Denon AVP-A1HDCI. :D
 
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Danzilla31

Audioholic Samurai
Man one thing I'm blown away by is RBH's build quality they look stunning

I thought my PB 4000's looked good they don't hold a candle to the SV-1212PR I just bought from a friend on this site

It's in the back of the room should be in the front

I'll be getting a hold of you once things calm down on some more RBH

Congratulations on your new purchase I'm glad to hear your enjoying it
 
panteragstk

panteragstk

Audioholic Ninja
I don’t use ANY disc players.

Those BD/DVD players work. But they are now just “decor” pieces like the Denon AVP-A1HDCI. :D
I figured. Especially when I saw a Toshiba HD-DVD player. Brings back memories. :)
 
Gmoney

Gmoney

Audioholic General
Nice pickup Andrew, I wonder how Yamahas 2020 Flagship units will compare.
 

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