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Comments to date: 8. Page 1 of 1. Average Rating:
peake 1:16pm on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 
great design graphocs but not yet tested volume slider does not work very well They could atleast give you an option to disable that annoying light at the back...
nosralr 11:47pm on Saturday, September 4th, 2010 
Other than the fact that it comes with Vista, there is little to complain about-Has a bunch of preloaded junk software, but that is easy to remove.
mike73hj 8:58am on Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 
great low price got mine on sale talked down to $1000 graphics, speed ,bright screen,hd sound quality,HDMI conector,fast light scribe,.
stillcrazy 7:13am on Sunday, August 8th, 2010 
Really like it but.... I really like this laptop having gone through 3 other hand me downs. Good PC I have had my DV5 for 2 years and have never had a problem with it, everything works just fine.
NiebarstvonRohr 10:45am on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 
I bought an HP pavillion laptop for my wife in August 2010. After six months, the power adapter (the AC power supply. Very good laptop but isnt meant for the bigge...  Good look quiet keyboard Keyboard overheats after less than 1 hour use I use this computer for web browsing, office ...  Beautiful finish, QuickTouch panel, high performance graphics card Insane heat.
jgrissom 1:37pm on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 
It is excellent laptop. Why evrybody saying battery life not good. All laptops battery life is same if it is 6-Cell Battery.
mterra4 2:52pm on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 
Great design, and screen. Its super quiet and a good price. Fast,Lightweight,Powerful,Quality Display,Quiet Average battery life
reckoner 9:49pm on Friday, March 26th, 2010 
We were fans of the previous-generation Pavilion design, and we like the new Pavilion look even more. Externally.

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Enjoy DVD playback!
Place your speakers in the room and connect them to this unit.


Be sure to connect the left channel (L), right channel (R), + (red) and (black) properly. Front speakers and center speaker INTRODUCTION

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Speaker terminals
Place your speakers and subwoofer in the room. Connect speaker cables to each speaker.
To the front right speaker To the front left speaker To the center speaker
Surround and surround back speakers
Connect each speaker cable to the corresponding speaker terminal of this unit.
To the surround back right speaker To the surround right speaker To the surround left speaker To the surround back left speaker
1 Make sure that this unit and the subwoofer are unplugged from the AC wall outlets. 2 Twist the exposed wires of the speaker cables together to prevent short circuits. 3 Do not let the bare speaker wires touch each other. 4 Do not let the bare speaker wires touch any metal part of this unit.
Connect the subwoofer cable to the SUBWOOFER PRE OUT jack of this unit and the input jack of the subwoofer.

Subwoofer AV receiver

Input jack Subwoofer cable


Connect the video cable to the composite video output jack of your DVD player and DVD VIDEO jack of this unit.

AV receiver DVD player

DVD VIDEO jack Composite video output jack

Video cable

Make sure that this unit and the DVD player are unplugged from the AC wall outlets.
Connect the video cable to the VIDEO MONITOR OUT jack of this unit and the video input jack of your video monitor.

Audio jacks and cable plugs
Video jacks and cable plugs






Left and right analog audio cable plugs
Coaxial digital audio cable plug
Optical digital audio cable plug
Composite video cable plug

S-video cable plug

Component video cable plugs

Audio jacks

This unit has three types of audio jacks. Connection depends on the availability of audio jacks on your other components. AUDIO jacks For conventional analog audio signals transmitted via left and right analog audio cables. Connect red plugs to the right jacks and white plugs to the left jacks. DIGITAL COAXIAL jacks For digital audio signals transmitted via coaxial digital audio cables. DIGITAL OPTICAL jacks For digital audio signals transmitted via optical digital audio cables. Note
You can use the digital jacks to input PCM, Dolby Digital and DTS bitstreams. When you connect components to both the COAXIAL and OPTICAL jacks, priority is given to the signals input at the COAXIAL jack. All digital input jacks are compatible with up to 96-kHz sampling digital signals.

Video jacks

This unit has three types of video jacks. Connect the video input jacks of this unit to the video output jacks of the input source components to switch the audio and video sources simultaneously. Connection depends on the availability of input jacks on your video monitor. VIDEO jacks For conventional composite video signals transmitted via composite video cables. S VIDEO jacks For S-video signals, separated into the luminance (Y) and chrominance (C) video signals transmitted on separate wires of S-video cables. COMPONENT VIDEO jacks For component video signals, separated into the luminance (Y) and chrominance (PB, PR) video signals transmitted on separate wires of component video cables. y
This unit is equipped with the video conversion function. See pages 23 and 92 for details.

Information on HDMI

This unit has four HDMI input jacks and one HDMI output jack for digital audio and video signal input/output. Connect the HDMI IN 1, HDMI IN 2, HDMI IN 3 or HDMI IN 4 jack of this unit to the HDMI output jack of other HDMI components (such as a DVD player). Connect the HDMI OUT jack of this unit to the HDMI input jack of other HDMI components (such as a TV and a projector). The video or audio signals input at the HDMI IN jacks of the selected input source are output at the HDMI OUT jack of this unit. This HDMI interface of this unit is based on the following standards: HDMI Version 1.3a (High-Definition Multimedia Interface Specification Version 1.3a) licensed by HDMI Licensing, LLC. HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection System) licensed by Digital Content Protection, LLC.






Available sound field parameters (see page 69)

Program description

Sound field indicators
Presence sound field Listening position Surround left sound field Surround back sound field Surround right sound field

For audio music sources

For audio music sources, we also recommend using the Pure Direct mode (see page 52), the STRAIGHT mode (see page 51) or surround decode mode (see page 72).



Hall in Munich

This sound field simulates a concert hall with approximately 2500 seats in Munich, using stylish wood for the interior finishing as normal standards for European concert halls. Fine, beautiful reverberations spread richly, creating a calming atmosphere. The listeners virtual seat is at the center left of the arena.



Hall in Vienna

This is an approximately 1700-seated, middle-sized concert hall with a shoebox shape that is traditional in Vienna. Pillars and ornate carvings create extremely complex reflections from all around the audience, producing a very full, rich sound.

Hall in Amsterdam

The large, shoe box shaped hall seats about 2200 around the circle stage. Reflections are rich and pleasing while the sound travels freely.

Church in Freiburg

Located in the south of Germany, this grand, stone-built church has a pointed tower at 120 meters in height. Its long and narrow shape and the high ceiling enable the elongated reverberation time and limited initial reflection time. Thus, the rich reverberation rather than the sound itself reproduces the atmosphere of the church.




This program creates a relatively wide space with a high ceiling like an audience hall in a palace. It offers pleasant reverberations that are suitable for courtly music and chamber music.

Do a test recording before you start an actual recording. If you play back a video source that uses scrambled or encoded signals to prevent it from being dubbed, the picture itself may be disturbed due to those signals.
Turn on all the connected components. Rotate the C INPUT selector (or press one of the input selector buttons (1)) to select the source component you want to record from. Start playback on the selected source component or select a broadcast station. Start recording on the recording component.
Advanced sound configurations
Changing sound field parameter settings
You can enjoy good quality sound with the initial factory settings. Although you do not have to change the initial factory settings, you can change some of the parameters to better suit the input source or your listening room. Note
You cannot change the sound field parameter values when MEMORY GUARD in OPTION MENU is set to ON (see page 93). If you want to change the sound field parameter values, set MEMORY GUARD to OFF.
Press one of the sound field program selector buttons (N) repeatedly to select the desired sound field program you want to adjust. Press 3 k / n to select the desired sound field parameter and then 3 l / h to change the selected sound field parameter value. Press 3 h to increase the value. Press 3 l to decrease the value.
For details about the function and control range of each sound field parameter, see page 69. When you set a sound field parameter to a value other than the initial factory settings, an asterisk mark (*) appears by the sound field parameter name in the OSD. Repeat steps 3 and 4 as necessary to change other sound field program parameter settings. The available sound field parameters for some of the sound field programs may be displayed on more than one page in the OSD. In this case, press 3k / n to scroll through pages. If you press and hold 3l / h to change the sound field parameter value, the initial factory settings are shown momentarily in the front panel display. To initialize the parameters of the selected sound field program, press 3n repeatedly to select INITIALIZE and then press 3h. Once the confirmation screen appears in the OSD, press 3h to confirm or 3l to cancel the initialization.

Source sound Live Level Level Level Time Dead Time

Small reflected sound

Large reflected sound

Small value = 0

Large value = 10
Features Reverberation time. Adjusts the amount of time taken for the dense, subsequent reverberation sound to decay by 60 dB at 1 kHz. This changes the apparent size of the acoustic environment over an extremely wide range. Set a longer reverberation time to get more sustaining reverberation sound, and set a shorter time to get articulate sound. Control range: 1.0 to 5.0 s


Source sound Early reflections
REV.TIME Sound source Short reverberation
REV.TIME Long reverberation

Small value = 1.0 s

Large value = 5.0 s


Reverberation delay. Adjusts the time difference between the beginning of the direct sound and the beginning of the reverberation sound. The larger the value, the later the reverberation sound begins. A later reverberation sound makes you feel as if you are in a larger acoustic environment.
Control range: 0 to 250 ms

Source sound

60 dB Reverberation Time REV.DELAY REV.TIME


Reverberation level. Adjusts the volume of the reverberation sound. The larger the value, the stronger the reverberation becomes. Control range: 0 to 100%


2-channel stereo direct. Bypasses the decoders and DSP processors of this unit for pure hi-fi stereo sound when playing 2-channel analog sources. Choices: AUTO, OFF y Select AUTO to bypass the decoders, DSP processors and the tone control circuitry only when BASS and TREBLE are set to 0 dB (see page 52). Select OFF not to bypass the decoders, DSP processors and the tone control circuitry when BASS and TREBLE are set to 0 dB. When multi-channel signals are input, they are downmixed to 2 channels and output from the front left and right speakers. The low-frequency signals of the front left and right channels are redirected to the subwoofer in the following cases: LFE/BASS OUT is set to BOTH (see page 80). FRONT SP is set to SMALL (see page 80) and LFE/BASS OUT is set to SWFR (see page 80).

(2ch Stereo only)

ANTENNA LEVEL (U.S.A. and Canada models only) STANDBY CHARGE
Selects whether this unit charges the battery of the stationed iPod or not when this unit is in the standby mode (see page 64). Selects the video source played back in the background of the sources input at the MULTI CH INPUT jacks. Selects the number of channels input from an external decoder. Selects the analog jacks at which the front channel signals from an external decoder are input when you set INPUT CH to 8CH.


Option menu


Adjusts the brightness of the front panel display. Adjusts the vertical position of the OSD. Selects whether this unit displays a gray background in your video monitor when there is no video signal being input. Selects whether this unit displays the short messages on the video monitor after you perform a certain operation. Sets the time for which the XM Satellite Radio information or iPod menu is displayed in the OSD after you perform a certain operation. Selects the mode to display the information of the XM Satellite Radio or iPod in the front panel display.





Parameter VIDEO CONV.

Selects whether to convert the video signals input at the VIDEO, S VIDEO, and COMPONENT VIDEO jacks. Selects whether this unit activates the analog interlace/progressive conversion of the analog video signals input at the VIDEO, S VIDEO, and COMPONENT VIDEO jacks so that the analog video signals deinterlaced from 480i (NTSC)/576i (PAL) to 480p/576p are output at the COMPONENT MONITOR OUT jacks. Selects whether this unit activates the HDMI up-conversion of the analog video signals input at the VIDEO, S VIDEO, and COMPONENT VIDEO jacks so that the up-scaled analog video signals are output at the HDMI OUT jack. Adjusts the aspect ratio for analog video signals output at the HDMI OUT jack. Prevents accidental changes to sound field program parameter values and other system settings. Designates the default audio input jack select setting for the input sources connected to the DIGITAL INPUT jacks when you turn on the power of this unit. Designates the default decoder mode for the input sources connected to the DIGITAL INPUT jacks when you turn on the power of this unit. Designates the extended decoder mode for the input sources connected to the DIGITAL INPUT jacks when you turn on the power of this unit. Selects how the Zone 2 or Zone 3 speakers are amplified. Selects whether this unit controls the volume level of the audio signals output at the ZONE OUT (ZONE 2 or ZONE 3) jacks. Adjusts the maximum volume level in Zone 2 or Zone 3. Sets the volume level of Zone 2 or Zone 3 when you turn on the power of this unit.




Choice NORMAL (normal) REVERSE (reverse)
Does not change the phase of your subwoofer.

. FR.L


. SB L

Sets the phase of your subwoofer to reverse.
Presence/surround back channel priority PRIORITY Use this feature to prioritize either the presence or the surround back speakers when playing back 2-channel audio sources using the sound field programs.



Adjusted speaker

Front left speaker Front right speaker Center speaker Surround left speaker Surround right speaker Surround back left speaker Surround back right speaker Subwoofer Presence left speaker Presence right speaker




Uses the presence speakers. Uses the surround back speakers.
If your subwoofer can adjust the output volume and the crossover frequency, set the volume to about half way (or slightly less) and set the crossover frequency to the maximum. Set TEST TONE to ON to output the test tone for the SPEAKER LEVEL setting (see page 83).
For details about the sound output from each speaker in sound field programs, refer to Sound output in each sound field program in APPENDIX at the end of this manual.
The available speaker channels differ depending on the setting of the speakers. Instead of SB L and SB R, SB is displayed if SUR. B L/ R SP is set to either SMLx1 or LRGx1 (see page 81).
Speaker distance C)SP DISTANCE
Use this feature to manually adjust the distance of each speaker and the delay applied to the respective channel. Ideally, each speaker should be the same distance from the main listening position. However, this is not possible in most home situations. Thus, a certain amount of delay must be applied to the sound from each speaker so that all sounds will arrive at the listening position at the same time.
The available speaker channels differ depending on the setting of the speakers. Instead of SB L and SB R, SUR.B is displayed if SUR.B L/R SP is set to either SMLx1 or LRGx1 (see page 81).

If AMP is set to [SP1], [SP2] or BOTH (see page 94), no sound is output from the surround back speakers even if you select 8CH. In this case, select 6CH and set the output setting of the external component to 6 channels.
NONE is displayed if the Home Dock is not connected to this unit. In this case, check the antenna connections (see page 58).
Charge on standby STANDBY CHARGE Use this feature to select whether this unit charges the battery of the stationed iPod or not when this unit is in the standby mode (see page 64).
Charges the battery of the stationed iPod when this unit is turned on and in the standby mode. Charges the battery of the stationed iPod only when this unit is turned on.
Multi-channel input BGV BGV Use this feature to select the video source played in the background of the sources input at the MULTI CH INPUT jacks.
Front left and right channels input jack FRONT If you selected 8CH in INPUT CH, you can select the analog audio jacks at which the front left and right channel signals output from the connected external decoder is input. Choices: CD, CD-R, MD/TAPE, BD/HD DVD, DVD, DTV/CBL, VCR, DVR, V-AUX
Automatically selects the last selected video source as the background video source. Selects the corresponding input source as the background video source.
FRONT parameter appears only when you set INPUT CH to 8CH.
Does not play the video source in the background.
Use this menu to adjust the optional system parameters.
Gray back GRAY BACK Use this feature to display a gray background in your video monitor when there is no video signal being input.
Displays a gray background on your video monitor when there is no video signal being input. Does not display a gray background on your video monitor.


Display settings A)DISPLAY SET
Use VIDEO of INITIALIZE in ADVANCED SETUP to set OSD SHIFT and GRAY BACK to the factory presets (see page 120).
Depending on the video signals being input or the system setting of your video monitor (NTSC or PAL), the OSD may be displayed abnormally. In such cases, set GRAY BACK to OFF. Even when GRAY BACK is set to OFF, the OSD may not be displayed correctly depending on the conditions of the picture.

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Short message display SHORT MESSAGE Use this feature to activate or deactivate the short message display function.

Choice ON Functions

Activates the short message display function. The contents of the front panel display appear at the bottom of the screen each time you operate this unit. Deactivates the short message display function.


Infrared signal receiver

Yamaha component
Using external amplifiers
To use an external amplifier in Zone 2 or Zone 3, connect the external amplifier to ZONE OUT jacks and select EXT in AMP (see page 94).
From the ZONE OUT (ZONE 3) jacks From the ZONE OUT (ZONE 2) jacks
Amplifier Analog audio signals only DVD player etc. This unit


Infrared signal emitter Main zone From the REMOTE OUT jack Second zone (Zone 2) To the REMOTE IN jack To the REMOTE IN jack Third zone (Zone 3)

Notes English

To avoid unexpected noise, DO NOT use the Zone 2/Zone 3 feature with CDs encoded in DTS. Adjust the Zone 2/Zone 3 volume by using the amplifier in the Zone 2/Zone 3 when VOLUME are set to FIX (see page 95).

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Using the internal amplifiers of this unit
Important safety notice The SP1 or SP2 speaker terminals of this Receiver should not be connected to a Passive Loudspeaker Selector Box or more than one loudspeaker per channel. Connection to a Passive Loudspeaker Selector Box or multiple speakers per channel could create an abnormally low impedance load resulting in amplifier damage. See this owners manual for correct usage. Compliance with minimum speaker impedance information for all channels must be maintained at all times. This information is found on the back panel of your Receiver. If you want to use one internal amplifier (SP1 or SP2) of this unit Connect the Zone 2 or Zone 3 speakers directly to the SP1 or SP2 speaker terminals and select either [SP1] or [SP2] for AMP (see page 94). If you want to use two internal amplifiers (SP1 and SP2) of this unit Connect the Zone 2 and Zone 3 speakers directly to the SP1 and SP2 speaker terminals and select BOTH for AMP (see page 94).


Second zone (Zone 2) This unit

Third zone (Zone 3)

Controlling Zone 2 or Zone 3
You can select the zone you want to control by using the control buttons on the front panel or on the remote control.
Press P ZONE CONTROLS on the front panel repeatedly to select the zone you want to control. Each time you press P ZONE CONTROLS, the front panel display changes as shown below, and the indicator for the currently selected zone flashes for approximately 10 seconds. However, no indicator flashes when the main zone is selected.
Selecting Zone 2 or Zone 3

Front panel operations

Press P ZONE 2 ON/OFF or P ZONE 3 ON/OFF on the front panel to individually turn on or off Zone 2 or Zone 3.

This button is operational only when A MASTER ON/OFF on the front panel is pressed inward to the ON position. Select XM as the input source of the controlling zone to use the following functions.
2 Numeric buttons (All Channel Search or Category Search mode) Use 1 to 9 and 0 to enter a channel number directly. (Preset Search mode) Use 1 to 8 to enter a preset channel number directly. y
While holding down 9NUMBER (see page 116), press the numeric buttons to enter the desired channel numbers directly when this unit is in the All Channel Search or Category Search mode.
A STANDBY Sets Zone 2 or Zone 3 to the standby mode.
5 A-E/CAT. l / h (All Channel Search mode) Changes the channel category. (Category Search mode) Changes the channel category. (Preset Search mode) Changes the preset channel group (A to E). Continued

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6 PRESET/CH k / n (All Channel Search mode) Searches for a channel within all channels. Press and hold for quick search. (Category Search mode) Searches for a channel within the selected category. Press and hold for quick search. (Preset Search mode) Changes the preset channel number (1 to 8). 7 ALL Selects the All Channel Search mode as the search mode (see page 60). 9 NUMBER Press and hold before you press the numeric buttons to switch the function to entering the three-digit channel number in the All channel Search mode or Category Search mode (see page 61). D DISPLAY Displays the XM Satellite Radio information such as channel number, channel name, category, artist name, or song title displayed in the front panel display or on the video monitor (see page 63). E CAT. Selects the Category Search mode as the search mode (see page 60). F PRESET Selects the Preset Search mode as the search mode (see page 60).

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Advanced setup
This unit has additional menus that are displayed in the front panel display. The advanced setup menu offers additional operations to adjust and customize the way this unit operates. Change the initial settings (indicated in bold under each parameter) to reflect the needs of your listening environment. Notes
The settings you make are reflected next time you press A MASTER ON/OFF inward to the ON position to turn on this unit (see page 33). Only A MASTER ON/OFF, O STRAIGHT and the N PROGRAM selector are effective while you are using the advanced setup menu. All the other operations cannot be made while you are using the advanced setup menu. The advanced setup menu is only available in the front panel display.

Using the advanced setup menu
Press A MASTER ON/OFF on the front panel to release it outward to the OFF position to turn off this unit. Press and hold O STRAIGHT and then press A MASTER ON/OFF inward to the ON position to turn on this unit. This unit turns on, and ADVANCED MENU appears in the front panel display.
Speaker impedance SPEAKER IMP.
Use this feature to set the speaker impedance of this unit so that it matches that of your speakers. Choices: 8 MIN, 6 MIN Select 8 MIN to set the speaker impedance to 8 . Select 6 MIN to set the speaker impedance to 6 .
SPEAKER IMP. Speaker Impedance level
The impedance of each speaker must be 8 or higher.
Center Surround Surround back The impedance of each speaker must be 4 or higher. The impedance of each speaker must be 8 or higher.
Rotate the N PROGRAM selector to select the parameter you want to adjust. The name of the selected parameter appears in the front panel display. Press O STRAIGHT repeatedly to change the selected parameter setting. Press A MASTER ON/OFF to release it outward to the OFF position to save the new setting and turn off this unit.
Center Surround The impedance of each speaker must be 6 or higher.

Surround back

Remote sensor


The settings you made are reflected next time you turn on this unit.
Use this feature to activate or deactivate the signalreceiving capability of the remote control sensor on the front panel of this unit. Choices: ON, OFF Select ON if you want to activate the signalreceiving capability of the remote control sensor. Select OFF if you want to deactivate the signalreceiving capability of the remote control sensor. Note
We recommend that you set the parameter to ON in most cases.

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See page 117 for the operation of the advanced setup menu.
RS-232C access on the standby mode RS-232C STANDBY
Use this feature to set this unit to transmit data via the RS232C interface when this unit is in the standby mode. Choices: YES, NO Initial setting: [U.S.A. and Canada models]: YES [Other models]: NO Select YES to set this unit to transmit data via the RS-232C interface. Select NO to set this unit not to transmit data via the RS-232C interface.


Video Format (Gray Back) [U.S.A., Canada, General and Korea models]. NTSC [U.K., Europe, Australia, Asia and China models]. PAL Video Format (Video Conversion).. NTSC/PAL Signal Level Composite... 1 Vp-p/75 S-video.. 1 Vp-p/75 (Y), 0.286 Vp-p/75 (C) Component. 1 Vp-p/75 (Y), 0.7 Vp-p/75 (PB/PR) Maximum Input Level (Video Conversion Off)... 1.5 Vp-p or more Signal to Noise Ratio (Video Conversion Off)... 60 dB or more Frequency Response (MONITOR OUT) Component (Video Conversion Off)... 5 Hz to 100 MHz, 3 dB


Tuning Range [U.S.A. and Canada models]. 87.5 to 107.9 MHz [Asia and General models]. 87.5/87.50 to 108.0/108.00 MHz [Other models].. 87.50 to 108.00 MHz 50 dB Quieting Sensitivity (IHF) Mono/Stereo.. 2.0/25 V (17.3/39.2 dBf) Usable Sensitivity (IHF).. 1.0 V (11.2 dBf) Selectivity (400 kHz).. 70 dB Signal to Noise Ratio (IHF) Mono/Stereo... 76 dB/70 dB Harmonic Distortion (1 kHz) Mono/Stereo.. 0.2/0.3% Stereo Separation (1 kHz) Stereo... 42 dB Frequency Response Stereo.. 20 Hz to 15 kHz, +0.5, 2 dB Antenna Input (unbalanced)... 75


Tuning Range [U.S.A. and Canada models].. 530 to 1710 kHz [Asia and General models].. 530/531 to 1710/1611 kHz [Other models].. 531 to 1611 kHz Usable Sensitivity... 300 V/m

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Power Supply [U.S.A. and Canada models].. AC 120 V, 60 Hz [General and Asia models].. AC 110/120/220/230240 V, 50/60 Hz [China model].. AC 220 V, 50 Hz [Korea model].. AC 220 V, 60 Hz [Australia model].. AC 240 V, 50 Hz [U.K. and Europe models].. AC 230 V, 50 Hz Power Consumption [U.S.A. and Canada models].. 500 W/630 VA [Other models]... 500 W Standby Power Consumption [U.S.A. and Canada models]. 0.1 W or less [General model] (AC 240 V, 50 Hz).. 0.33 W or less [Other models]... 0.1 W or less Maximum Power Consumption [General model only] 6ch, 10% THD... 1100 W AC Outlets [U.S.A. and Canada models]. 2 (Total 100 W/0.8 A maximum) [Asia, General and China models]. 2 (Total 50 W maximum) [Australia model]... 1 (100 W maximum) [U.K. model].. 1 (100 W/0.4 A maximum) [Europe model].. 2 (Total 100 W/0.4 A maximum) Dimensions (W x H x D).. 435 x 171 x 438.5 mm (17-1/8 x 6-3/4 x 17-1/4 in) Weight.. 17.0 kg (37 lbs. 8 oz.)
* Specifications are subject to change without notice.


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Yamaha RX-A3000 Aventage 11.2 Networking A/V Receiver Review
Review by Clint DeBoer & Gene DellaSala of


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 - I 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. The line is a simplified high-end run at the AV receiver concept. As such, there is a very defined delineation between models, but a few specific break points define some key places where some users will seek to spend a little more and up the ante on the return for their investment. Lets take a quick look (see chart on page 2). As we see it, there is a definite line in the sand drawn after the RX-A1000 which adds a significant amount of power, HQV Vida processing and Zone 2/3 video capabilities. If you want the high-end of what Yamaha is now offering, youre going to want to get into the RX-A2000 or RX-A3000. Take a look down the line, however, and its remarkable what the first three of the line manage to cram in at much lower price points. Economy of scale has done much to bring down the price for features you would simply not have dreamed of just a few years ago. HDMI Standby-through mode in a $600 receiver with a motion GUI interface and 12V trigger outputs? 2011 is going to be a good year for upgraders. Now for a trip back through memory lane. Back in 2008 Yamaha released its


top of the line RX-Z7 AV receiver. It had 7 channels of amplification with 140 watts each. All manner of video upscaling (analogue and digital) was included and it had a whopping 5 HDMI inputs and even two paralleled outputs. For room correction, Yamaha pulled out the stops and debuted a new proprietary YPAO-based multi point room calibration system. For multi-room applications there was support for 4 Zones of audio (including a dedicated digital audio output for Zone 4) and networking features to stream online music and even allow the receiver to be controlled by an iPod Touch or iPhone. It weighed just over 40 pounds and cost $2700. It was pretty impressive to say the least. Then, two years later, Yamaha released the RX-A3000 Aventage receiver. It too has 7 channels of 140Watts each, the same analogue and digital upconversion. But it has 8 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs, all
3D compatible and supporting the latest features like Audio Return Channel. It also has even more impressive features, like the ability to bypass HDMI while in standby, so you can use your TV without having to turn on the receiver. It has close to the same advanced multi-zone YPAO room correction system and network features and the 4 Zones of audio. It adds another component video input, bringing the total to 4 - which is more than enough in our opinion, especially given the decline and phase-out of analogue outputs in favor of HDMI. It does remove one digital audio input and output. It also removed the two switched outlets on the back. But heres the kicker. Its nearly as hefty as the RX-Z7 and costs just $1700. Now were not going to say that the amplifier section is exactly the same as the RX-Z7, but given the feature set, weight and $800 cost savings, Yamahas RX-A3000
RX-A3000 Aventage Receiver Review Summary
Manufacturer: Yamaha Electronics Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Stars Value Rating: 5/5 Stars MSRP: $1799.95 hometheater
Tons of configurability options HDMI standby pass-through (can change inputs) Dual configurable subwoofer outputs Supports full 11.2 home theater use iPad and iPhone app controllable
Over abundant configurable options can be confusing Not compatible with MusicCast Gen 1 Bulky and poorly designed remote control


Price Power (RMS) HDMI 1.4a (in/out) USB audio Network receiver HD Radio Sirius Internet Video Processing Analog to HDMI H-shape cross member frame Symmetrical power amp layout Learning remote HDMI standby-through

just became the most modern big man on campus and its going to take quite a bit to topple this goliath. Here is the comparison of the RX-Z7 vs. the RX-A3000 side-by-side, check it out for yourself:
No HDMI pass-through HDMI pass-through in Standby in Standby Dual sub outs (mono only) Compatible with MusicCast Gen 1 MSRP: $2699.95 Dual sub outs (stereo, mono, front/back) Not compatible with MusicCast Gen 1 MSRP: $1799.95

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Build Quality and Features
We ran a full suite of amplifier tests on this receiver below, but for now lets talk some more about features - cause theres a LOT of them. The receiver is packed with inputs and outputs. If you havent yet gotten your head wrapped around just what this behemoth offers, well help you through that here. Take a look at the back of the RX-A3000 receiver. Of particular note, check out the number of HDMI inputs. With 1 on the front, that makes 8 inputs and 2 outputs. Since the RX-A3000 features HDMI-to-HDMI and analogue to HDMI upconversion, youre going to be able to grab any legacy devices you have lying around (like the antiquated 480i Wii sitting on your AV shelf over there) and run it up to 1080p output over HDMI. This is an AV receiver thats going to be able to walk with whatever youve got and put it up in the screen. But keep looking, theres more. If youre into whole house audio, the Yamaha RX-A3000 has four Zones for you to utilize. With 2 Zones that support an on-screen GUI (composite or Component) and a fourth Zone that can send optical TOSlink audio to a secondary AV receiver or integrated amplifier, the Yamaha RX-A3000 has enough juice to cover all but the most extravagant homes with plenty of audio. And, unlike most AV receivers, the Yamaha can finally utilize external amplifiers to deliver up to 11.2 channels of audio, even if youre crazy enough to utilize both front and back Presence channels in your home theater. Check out how they laid out the 11 pairs of speaker binding posts:

You can hit up the system to drive 7 to 11 channels in one room, or automatically wire it up to switch to 5.1 and power a second or even third Zone with the push of a button. But wait until we get to the menu system and you see all of the configuration options Yamaha has in store. Yamaha truly lives up to their mantra of better build quality with their Aventage lineup of receivers. Pulling the top cover off the RX-A3000 revealed no wasted space and meticulous attention to detail for reducing mechanical vibrations in the product such as felt taped heatsinks, padding for every contact point to the top cover, and their alleged 5th foot mounted directly under the centralized E-Core power transformer. At first this appeared to be a marketing gimmick, but there is method to their madness as its not a lofty design goal to eliminate mechanical vibrations in a product, especially a transformer that likes to hum. Unlike the RX-Z7s single heatsink for its power devices,
the RX-A3000 splits this duty off to smaller dual heatsinks mounted on each side of the power transformer in what Yamaha calls dual symmetric power amplifier layout. At first glance, these heatsinks appear small but more careful observation reveals extra thick metal plating at the base of the heatsink mounted to a very thick bottom cover to help dissipate heat and increase chassis rigidity. Yamaha also employed brand new thermal control regulated power transistors in this baby to better manage heat. It was clear to us that Yamaha proved their masterful craftsmanship with the execution of this compact, well engineered A/V receiver.

HDMI Features

There are a lot of HDMI functions that I want to espouse on behalf of the RX-A3000. First off, the receiver can take in anything and output it via HDMI - we already went into that. What we didnt talk about was the new HDMI Standby feature. Ever want to watch something on TV without turning on your system? Me neither. but your wife or spouse probably has. HDMI Standby means that you can pass HDMI (audio and video) through the receiver without turning it on. So now you can watch TV with the audio coming through the TVs integrated speakers, without turning on the receiver and powering up your whole AV system. But theres something more - you can switch HDMI inputs. while in Standby mode. This is very cool (and pretty necessary when you think about it, lest you only be able to use a preselected input like the RX-Z7). Another important feature upgrade the RX-A3000 has over the RX-Z7 is in power management. Unlike the RX-Z7, the RX-A3000 employs a hybrid power supply which turns off all of the analog circuits when the receiver is powered down and engaged in HDMI Standby. This offers tremendous savings on power and heat dissipation compared to the RX-Z7. Welcome to the new AV receiver standard. Aside from these great features, the Yamaha RX-A3000 also supports Audio Return Channel (ARC) and the latest audio format support. It also can apply video processing to HDMI signals as well as standard definition sources. Were talking HQV Vida processing with a myriad of different Noise Reduction options, Contrast/Brightness/Saturation controls, and Detail and Edge Enhancement options (which we recommend leaving off for best picture). Auto lip sync and Deep color, as well as 24Hz processing modes are also available.

Thats an extensive list, driven by the new HQV Vida video processing chipset. Since you can customize and store up to six different presets, its incredibly powerful and offers a great way to tweak the system when your display or source doesnt allow for easy application-specific customization.
As with most receivers with dual HDMI outputs, the Yamaha RX-A3000 lets you set which output will handle CEC functions (and enable or disable the function entirely). Unfortunately, since HDMI has provided such poor implementation standards for CEC functions under the guise of freedom for manufacturers to choose, the results are almost always unpredictable, even when you stick to products made by the same manufacturer. This menu is also where you would enable Audio Return Channel (ARC) functionality (and the Control Select function determines which HDMI output receives the audio signals from the TV). You can also select which input receives this audio. The other thing we really liked was that you could set what is output via the two HDMI output jacks - namely, whether audio and video, or just video are output. Whats semi-unique about the RX-A3000 is that you can have the receiver simultaneously

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read audio from an HDMI input and also send that audio out through one or both HDMI outputs on the back. This means that you can do a sort of multi-cast of program material. Why is this important? At times, during our annual Super Bowl party for example, weve wanted to take audio from a source and also pass it along to another room where it can feed a television.Typically you must choose one or the other - either you are pulling audio and passing video on to a television, or you are passing all audio through the receiver without using it. With the RX-A3000, you can have your cake and eat it too. Lastly, HDMI Standby is activated here and you can select the HDMI input even when the unit is in Standby mode!
but oddly no Pandora support as of the time this review was written. Perhaps Yamaha will offer a future firmware upgrade for Pandora support. It seems Onkyo has Pandora cornered in the A/V receiver market for now.


If you use this receiver for multiple zones - and you should because its good at it - youll spend some time here setting it up. Once you configure the speakers in the Speaker menu, whats left is to tell the receiver whether you want Fixed or Variable volume in Zones 2 and 3 and what the Max Volume needs to be set at (a lifesaver if I ever saw one). Having this level of Zone audio control is extremely handy for when, as in our case, you are using a Zone for outdoor speakers and want to limit the output levels to reduce the potential for distortion or overdriving your speakers. You can even set Initial Volume and select the digital output to be assigned to Zone 4 or the main zone. A Party Mode can be configured to allow you to enable all or just some of the zones to respond with identical audio from the main zone source. In this way you can literally light up your house


This area isnt terribly exciting and is what youd expect to see, with basic Network configurations and DHCP control. The one surprising feature was the ability to wake up the unit through network control signals - a nice touch for custom installers to use. This is also where youll get easy access to the receivers IP address - handy for the initial network setup when you link the receiver to the Yamaha iPhone/iPad app for Zone and source control (more on this later). Unlike the RX-Z7, the RX-A3000 wont stream music from their own MusicCast Gen 1systems (MCX-1000/2000) via Ethernet. This is unfortunate for fellow MusicCast owners, but lets face it, those products are becoming obsolete. The RX-A3000 does stream audio via Ethernet using any Windows 7/WHS pc/server or DLNA server/NAS or MAC via Twonky. You also get the same networking features of the RX-Z7 such as internet radio, Rhapsody
with whole home audio thats in sync or, if you have a separate area that requires a different sound, like an office or a childrens room, you can split off that Zone from the rest of the Party Mode audio. Aside from this, you can rename Zones and even rename Zone Scenes as well as configure the monitor output between Zones 2-4 (or keep it to the Main Zone). Like the RX-Z7, the RX-A3000 Party Mode allows digital signals (HDMI & S/PDIF) (multichannel ones downmix to 2ch) to go to zone 2, 3 & 4 without the need for additional digital or analog source connections to those zones provided that the main zone is turned on and multi source is defeated. If you dont engage Party Mode, you must make analog source connections to the other zones so they can receive audio too.


If there is a utility menu, this is it. Auto Power Down (really Standby mode) can be enabled for 4, 8, or 12 hours of inactivity (or disabled completely). And, instead of a dedicated digital audio/video input menu, Yamaha dumped it here - presumably figuring that once you set this up youll leave it alone. Note that you can configure everything independently, however the naming conventions - being just numbered inputs - really make this a more difficult process for many users. While some may be able to remember they plugged the TV into the SAT input, youre going to need a cheat sheet when setting up the RX-A3000 unless you have a photographic memory that likes lots of arbitrary numbers.You also cant re-assign HDMI or analogue inputs - its AV1, AV2, AV3. just put them where they need to be and forgeddabouddit.

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Returning back to where we started, the Function menu is what lets you set the front panel dimmer level, scrolling mode, trigger functions and the wallpaper for the menu. While Yamaha gives you 4 options for the wallpaper, none of them is custom - and odd thing since they have both USB access and networking functions as a means to grab a compatible file.

Aventage iPhone/iPad App

Speaking of apps, Yamaha also released an Aventage iPhone/iPad app which allows user control over features like Zone volume and source selection. It even grants control over the tuner and Internet radio sections of the receiver. We have to be honest, the App was a bit of a dog in our testing, with slow feedback and a quirky interface, but its a great start - and for free its hard to complain. Particularly with respect to using multiple Zones, its almost a life-saver. Near the end of our review Yamaha added some new functionality to the App - namely a cursor or menu control system whereby you can use your iPad or iPhone to control the GUI menu system of the RX-A3000. (It should be noted we tested ver 1.0.1 at the time of this review, and there is now a newer version 2.0.1 app which Yamaha claims to have improved interface options and speed.) We are starting to see more and more of this and, as such, its going to be surprising if we dont eventually see the end of remote controls entirely - at least
as we know them to be today. Lets face it - as receivers become more complex, our complaints about remote controls go up. You just cant sufficiently add enough functionality on the face of a remote with such limited real-estate. Add an LCD touch screen, however, and you now have the ability to configure modes and much more ergonomic control functions. The future is coming, and Yamaha brings it partially here with its App.

Remote Control

OK, on to the remote control. Look, we hate the Yamaha RX-A3000 remote. Its a standard Yamaha remote and the company seems to have a knack for making things over-complicated and just difficult. Remember the RAV 172 remote? These guys make an art form out of unusual interfaces. The new RX-A3000 remote doesnt have an unusual interface, it just features a ton of buttons on the front face and a flip up panel at bottom to allow even more functionality - like a number pad for tuner control. Aesthetically, it looks, at first blush, like an inversion of the x67series remotes, but with more buttons. But the real problem is that the Source buttons all have useless labels. like AV1, AV2, and AV3. Um,thats descriptive. Like the unusable nomenclature on the rear of the unit, Yamaha shoots users into oblivion with their labelfree alphanumeric designations that will be sure to drive anyone (except

Listening Tests - Music

We did a significant amount of stereo listening tests using the Yamaha Aventage RX-A3000 AV Receiver. I wanted to hear it critically and determine if this was truly an audiophile product, or suitable for just your typical dialogue-explosion movie soundtrack. Our testing system was the RBH Sound CinemaSITE system with updated Signature Series SI-760/R MTM mains and center. Surrounds are rendered by the 66-SE/R speakers. The bottom end is rounded out by a pair of SI-1010P subwoofers. We have room treatments by RPG Diffuser Systems and we find the room to be live with fairly smooth bass response to the primary and secondary seating positions. CD: RED End of Silence Track two off this album is compressed, being a modern album, but it does offer some excellent high-hat work, driving bass guitar and a male lead vocal thats truly in your face. Breathe Into Me has a bass line that plays in lock step with the driving
them to be convincing - with a solid and believable midrange. I cant tell you how many systems Ive listened to that will subdue the midrange of a piano or pull back on the true sound of Don Henleys voice. When the reverb rolled in atop the keyboards I was in music-nirvana. It was like dry ice flowing in gently over the soundstage and man did it sound smooth. The prominent kick drum and subtle hi-hat lifts were next and they really impressed me - moreso than I remember in a long time. At this point I was simply in - I wasnt about to stop until this album was done. Might as well take some more notes. Tequila Sunrise showed off some nice stereo separation as the guitars split and the acoustic in the middle revealed honest playing with the sound of the strings being strummed and Glenn Freys beautiful voice putting out its warmth throughout the room. The Yamaha RX-A3000 seemed to coax everything it could out of the RBH Sound Signature Series speakers - nothing was let on the table with regard to sound.
Blu-ray: John Gorka The Gypsy Life (AIX Records) Branching Out is the first track on this Bluray disc (which we listened to in Dolby TrueHD uncompressed). Its a nice 60s-style folksy song thats heavy on vocals and guitar with ample rolling non-percussive bass. Its also a really goofy song with lyrics like when I grow up I wanna be a tree. but I like the sound. The use of a mandolin in the track really punctuated the sound and it was rendered authentically by the Yamaha, with DTS CD: Eagles Hell Freezes Over all of its upper mid and top end perfectly Starting with my standard New conveyed into the listening space. Stranger York Minute, I listened intently for the with Your Hair is a soft acoustic guitar song introductory strings and piano, and found that is just as goofy, and just as wonderfully

Yamaha RX-A3000 Measurement & Analysis
Measurements & commentary by Gene DellaSala All measurements were conducted using our Audio Precision APxChannel HDMI Audio Analyzer. The Yamaha RX-A3000 was defaulted to high impedance mode (8 ohms or more) which is the setting we recommend using regardless of your loudspeakers impedance rating if you are concerned about achieving maximum output power and performance from this unit.
Yamaha RX-A3000 Preamplifier Measurements
I did some quick spot-checking on the RX-A3000 pre-amplifier gain structure to ensure it could be properly drive a wide assortment of power amplifier. My personal criteria for amplifier gain structure is that it should be able to hit full power when driven with 2Vrms. The RX-A3000 was able to deliver 3.3Vrms unclipped out of the analog multi channel outputs. Once I exceeded this output level, the auto protection circuits shut the receiver down. This is more than enough clean output voltage to drive any audio amplifier to clipping. Frequency Response was ruler flat from 10Hz to 80kHz (the limit of the APx585 test equipment) with +-.025dB variation. The preamp gain (Av) = 13.6dB similar to what I measured on the RX-Z7. Driving the RX-A3000s HDMI input with a -20dBFS signal, I adjusted the volume control until I measured 1Vrms via the preamp outputs., The RX-A3000 displayed an excellently clean FFT distortion profile with the magnitude of the 2nd harmonic
It was clear to us that Yamaha proved their masterful craftsmanship with the execution of this compact, well engineered A/V receiver. Clint & Gene

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of (-.733 +108.15)dBv = 107.4dBv or 100*alog^-1(-107.4/20) =.0004% THD + N. The output, residual noise products were virtually nonexistent. Using the HDMI input driven at -20dBFS with 1Vrms out of the preamp analog outputs, I measured 86dB (unweighted). This is a pretty clean measurement. I repeated this test via the analog inputs and noticed an elevated result likely due to clock noise or just digital artifacts well above the audio band corrupting the measurement. Engaging Pure Direct made about a 3dB improvement to this measurement coming close to the SNR performance I measured when driving the RX-A3000 via an HDMI input source. The RX-A3000 exhibited commendable channel to channel crosstalk performance. With all channels acting as the noise source or disturber driven via the HDMI input, I measured each idle channel one at a time to determine the worst case channel to channel crosstalk. At 1kHz the RX-A3000 yielded -70dB @ 1kHz dropping lower with frequency (odd but true) and still maintaining -70dB at 20kHz for its noisiest channel. I consider anything less than -40dB @ 10kHz acceptable so the RX-A3000 met that minimum requirement with 30dB to spare! With only one channel driven at a time, channel to channel crosstalk performance was about 10dB better across the board putting it on par with what I measured on the RX-Z7 two-channel crosstalk tests.

Yamaha RX-A3000 Analog Frequency Response
Yamaha RX-A3000 FFT Distortion (HDMI In, -20dBFS, 1Vrms out)
Yamaha RX-A3000 Power Amplifier Measurements
With the RX-A3000 driven by a -20dBFS input signal via HDMI, I measured all channels driven at 8 ohms via the speaker outputs at 10 watts power level. Frequency response was again ruler flat from 20H to 80Khz (the bandwidth limit of my AP test gear) +-0.04dB variance which was incredibly linear. The distortion spectra of the RX-A3000 amplifier overall is very good. However as the RX-A3000 approached max rated
Yamaha RX-A3000 SNR (pre-amp driven via HDMI)
Yamaha RX-A3000 Frequency Response (HDMI In, Speaker Level Outputs)
Yamaha RX-A3000 FFT Distortion Analysis at Full Rated Power
power (140wpc) odd order harmonics started to dominate (30.2 +64.6)dBv = 94.8dBv or 100*alog^-1(-94.8/20) =.002% THD + N. This is still a good measurement and comparably cleaner to what I measured on some dedicated multi-channel power amplifiers. Driving the RX-A3000 with a -20dBFS input signal via HDMI, I measured 84dB SNR at 1 watt with all channels driven. The RX-A3000 noise floor from preamp all the way through its power amp section is commendably low. I measure amplifier SNR at 1 watt to put everyone on equal footing and to also better gauge its low level performance where the amplifier spends most of its time operating at. I consider 80dB @ 1 watt (un-weighted) to be a good measurement which the RX-A3000 comfortably exceeded. I measured all-to-one crosstalk from the preamp input of the RX-A3000 all the way to the speaker outputs with each channel driven at 20 watts (except the channel under test). Channel to channel crosstalk was excellent (80dB @ 1kHz, 55dB @10kHz). Again this is a worst case crosstalk measurement. Simply measuring channel to channel crosstalk with only one channel acting as a disturber at a time would produce numbers 10dB or lower across the board. This is how most publications measure crosstalk but we tend to be harder on the products and test them in the worst case scenarios like these.

Power Measurements

Using our Audio Precision APx585 8-channel HDMI analyzer, we conducted a full barrage of multi-channel amplifier tests on Yamaha RX-A3000. We tested power using three methods: Continuous Full Power Bandwidth (CFP-BW) from 20Hz to 20Khz into 8 and 4-ohm loads (up to two-channels) 1kHz Power Sweep vs Distortion (1kHz PSweep) - popularized by the

Yamaha RX-A3000 SNR (HDMI In, Speaker Level Outputs)
print magazines, this is an instantaneous power vs distortion test at 1kHz. The problem with this test is it often masks slew related and or frequency response problems some amplifiers exhibit at the frequency extremes, and thus inflates the measured power results. It does provide an instant gratification # for consumers to argue over on the forums so we are now incorporating this test to please the masses. Dynamic PWR - 1kHz CEA-2006 Burst Method testing. This is a dynamic power measurement adopted from the car industry similar to IHF method only a bit more difficult for an amplifier and more representative of real musical content. Keep in mind most review publications dont do continuous power measurements and they usually publish power measurements into clipping at 1% THD + N. Our measurements are very conservative as we use a dedicated 20A line with no Variac to regulate line voltage. We constantly monitor the line to ensure it never drops more than 2Vrms from nominal which in our case was 120Vrms.

# of CH

Test Type
CFP-BW CFP-BW 1kHz Psweep 1kHz Psweep 1kHz Psweep Dynamic PWR Dynamic PWR Dynamic PWR Dynamic PWR Dynamic PWR
155wpc 236wpc 168 wpc 251 wpc 65 wpc 217wpc 386wpc 205wpc 330wpc 153 wpc
8-ohms 4-ohms 8-ohms 4-ohms 8-ohms 8-ohms 4-ohms 8-ohms 4-ohms 8-ohms


0.1% 0.1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Yamaha RX-A3000 Power Measurement Table
Yamaha RX-A3000 1kHz Power Test ACD, 8 ohms
TheYamaha RX-A3000 handedly exceeded its 140wpc power rating continuously with two channels driven and stomped out an impressive 236wpc both channels driven into 4 ohms; and thats a full power bandwidth measurement (20Hz to 20kHz at 0.1% THD + N). It proved to be every bit as powerful as their more expensive RX-Z7 mode. You can see the protection circuit kick on during our ACD tests, purposely limiting power to 65wpc. In short time, there is no doubt in my mind forum lurkers seeing this will pop up on our site or AVS Forum bashing Yamaha, not realizing the design purpose of power limiting a multi channel amplifier in a compact chassis, or the reality that real world program material will never trip this limiter circuitry. Thus we conducted dynamic burst power measurements simulating real world program content. Its clear that the Yamaha RX-A3000 delivers more than rated power with up to two channels driven and tons of dynamic headroom (1.9dB for 8 ohms based on their 140wpc power rating). Let no skeptic tell you otherwise, the RX-A3000 has a darn respectable amplifier section not only for a receiver but for a modestly priced seven channel power amplifier.

Yamaha RX-A3000 1kHz Power Test 2 Channels driven, 4 ohms
Let no skeptic tell you otherwise, the RX-A3000 has a darn respectable amplifier section not only for a receiver but for a modestly priced seven channel power amplifier. Clint & Gene
Yamaha RX-A3000 Dynamic Power Test (1kHz) 2CH Driven, 4 ohms


Booyah! Yamaha has hit it out of the park with this one. The RX-A3000 proved itself to be a worthy and most importantly less costly successor to the venerable RX-Z7 (though we do miss Yamahas signature orange frontpanel display). Say all you want about our ranting about the remote - apart from that, the Yamaha RX-A3000 is a real winner that shows its true colors as an audiophile product that has legs. Its an incredibly flexible and powerful system that works well, measures well and looks. well, it looks like every other black box - but thats not how we shop for these things. On the list of surprises was the adept iPhone/iPad app. Its not perfect, but its a nice touch and its free. We also liked the video processing performance and the way you can configure this receiver to utilize all 11.2 channels as needed. This is a keeper and we hope that its just the beginning for a company that seems to really get this market. By Clint DeBoer & Gene DellaSala Email -
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Multi-channel Audio 2 CH Audio

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Video Processing Build Quality

About Yamaha

Yamaha Electronics Corporation (YEC), USA, based in Buena Park, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation of America.YEC offers industry-leading home theater components and systems, featuring A/V receivers, amplifiers, DVD/CD players, speakers, mini-systems, home-theaterin-a-box (HTiB) pre-matched systems and the companys exclusive Digital Sound Projectors (single component surround sound solutions), as well as A/V & IT convergence products.
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Yamaha Electronics Corporation 6660 Orangethorpe Avenue Buena Park, CA 90620 (714) 522-9105



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