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dutchblack 4:24pm on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 
We spent $1,200 for what we thought was a top notch TV by a reputuable company. Instead. Would not buy Sony again for all the tea in China. I will probably go Samsung at some time... after I finish paying for my trashed Sony.
backwoodsman 5:10am on Sunday, August 29th, 2010 
everything was good for the past 18 months but the panel went bad last week maybe a bad luck.
sb73542 3:17pm on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 
excelent LCD TV my family love it the best LCD TV, is an excellent choice my kids, wife, parents and friends love it Best 52" at the price. I love my TV... Had it for 1 year. besides its only 60Hz, the price was great $1299. still cant be beat on a 52" Sony!
sjzhy 3:08pm on Monday, June 14th, 2010 
I got a great deal on this through a pricebot...  Picture is crystal clear. Colors are vibrant and sharp.
insaneo 8:06am on Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 
Sony BRAVIA KDL-46W4100 TV is excellent black colors, It is- 46inch image, aspect ratio:- 16:9 - HDTV - display format:- 1080p (FullHD). Product of a great brand fantastic.
arvsr1988 10:47pm on Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 
I have this tv and it is amazing! 16:9 Full HD 1080p Resolution (1920x1080p) LCD Panel Motionflow 120Hz - clear, smooth motion for DVDs.
RAF 5:16am on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 
I bought the Sony Bravia KDL-52W4100 back in June, and am absolutely still pleased with the unit 2 months later of heavy daily usage in various ways.
indolering 2:54pm on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 
Bravia by Sony is the best television developed by Sony ! its color quality and level of detail is excellent. This is a very nice TV. Simple menu driven setup found more HD channels than i knew i could receive. Excellent picture! none Bought this unit to mount on the wall of the family room. Worked great right out of the box. Easy to set up and install.
billv 12:13pm on Monday, March 15th, 2010 
Sony LCD HD 120hz Great job by Amazon. TV arrived on time and was set up by a great crew. Everything smooth as silk

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$1800 140Wx7 8/2 Yes Yes Yes Yes HQV Vida Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (w/Zone) Yes 2 11.2 Yes Optical Yes
GUI IPhone App Control / Web browser control 12V Trigger output Channel expandability Zone 2/3 video Zone 4 output Zone remote

Specifications

Yamaha RX-A3000 Aventage
Channels: 7.2 RMS Output Power: (20Hz - 20kHz): 140W x 7 Total Power: (20Hz - 20kHz): 980W Audio Dolby TrueHD Dolby Digital EX / Pro Logic IIx DTS-HD Master Audio DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 DTS 96/24 / DTS Neo:6 Pure Direct D/A Conversion: 192 kHz / 24 bit Selectable Subwoofer Crossover (9-band) Video Time Base Corrector HDMI 3D Capable Analog Video to HDMI Upconversion (up to 1080p) HDMI Video Adjustments (Adjustable) HDMI to HDMI Upscaling HDMI Video Processing (HQV Vida) Component Video Upconversion S-Video Upconversion 5th Foot w/ Anti-Resonance Technology Low Jitter PLL Circuitry (Ultra Low) H-shape Cross Member Frame Symmetrical Power Amplifier Layout Connections HDMI 1.4a (In/Out): 8/2 Component Video (In/Out): (4/1) A/V Inputs (S-Video): 5 Optical Inputs: 4 Coaxial inputs: 3 Optical Outputs: 1 Front A/V with Digital Input (HDMI/S-Video/Optical0) Front USB Input For Flash Memory Drives RS-232C Interface 8-Channel Decoder Inputs Custom Features 12V Trigger Outputs (x 2) Assignable Power Amp Channel Expandability w/ Ext. Amp (Up to 11.2) Zone Speaker Terminals Zone 2 Output (Component / Composite) Zone 3 Output (Component / Composite) Zone 4 Output (Optical) Zone Power Switching Zone Remote Control IR Inputs/Outputs (x 2) Receiver Manager Software Pre-Out All Channels Dimensions: 17-1/8 W x 7-1/8 H x 16-7/8 D Weight: 37.5 lbs. 2 switched outlets No switched outlets 4 Zones 7 digital audio inputs, 2 outputs 4 Zones 6 digital audio inputs, 1 output Advanced Features Four SCENE Buttons HD Radio Tuner iPod Compatibility (With Optional YDS-11/12 or YID-W10) Bluetooth Compatibility Compressed Music Enhancer Network Receiver Functions (DLNA 1.5/Win 7/Rhapsody/SIRIUS/ Internet Radio) SIRIUS Satellite Radio Ready HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) HDMI Standby-through (can change inputs) Dialogue Lift YPAO (w/Optimizer Microphone) On-Screen Display (also w/ Zone GUI) Auto Power Down Web Browser Control Learning Remote w/macro Capability DSP Programs: HDMI 1.3a Inputs, 2 Outputs 3 component video inputs, 1 output Multi-point YPAO 7 x 140 watts per channel 8 HDMI 1.4a Inputs, 2 Outputs 4 component video inputs, 1 output Multi-point YPAO 7 x 140 watts per channel

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.

Speaker Set-Up

This is where you engage the Auto setup using the included multi-point microphone, and also where you configure the speakers with the manual setup function. We have beat YPAO to death in the past, so were not going to waste valuable real estate rehashing that system here. What we are going to talk about is the new design of the manual Speaker Setup menu, which operates under a new Select Your Speaker Configuration methodology. In the past, Yamaha had you select how the amplifiers were going to be used, and select the way the Surround Back and Presence channels were to be allocated, often without any provision for utilizing both a second or third Zone and the Presence Channels. In short, Yamaha was severely limited in the past. With the RX-A3000, the on-screen GUI interface literally shows you what your options are, and you can pick and choose how you want to run your speakers and how you are planning to amplify them in the various situations. The amplifier assignments are automatically selected when you scroll through the configuration options - and you have only to observe the notation and graphical representation to understand what is possible. In this way, the complexity of selecting amplifier routing is removed and all possible permutations are granted simultaneously. This is the first time weve seen this in an AV receiver.
Screenshots are great, video is even better, so check out our Yamaha RX-A3000 Video Preview for a sneak peak at the menus in action. Starting at the top, even the background of the menu system, the splash screen, can be configured: Within the system menu we found that the RX-A3000 unlocks an almost limitless amount of options for the amplifiers, inputs, HDMI and DSP. Were talking a massive amount of configurability, and the visual representation of what you are doing makes it easy to understand the settings. The Setup menu system, which slides up and down, and left to right depending upon the submenu you are in, generally allows you to edit settings on the fly while watching video in the background and is broken up into 8 main sections:

Menu System

One of the things we really like about the RX-A3000 is its new and improved GUI with snappy, animated menus that can also superimpose itself over video. Earlier menu systems were gussied up textbased interfaces - this is more like an app.
Take this scenario, for example, which is my favorite: I am operating a 7.1 system + a second Zone. In this configuration I am not bi-amping the mains, but I am using an external 2-channel amplifier to power my Zone 2 speakers. This is designated as EXTRA SP1: Zone 2. It also gives me the flexibility to select how I am using my last 2 channels of amplification - as Surround Back speakers, or in Zone 2. The beauty is, with 11 pars of binding posts, I dont have to do We complained (OK, whined) about that any fancy rewiring; everything is all set. Here for years, and finally Yamaha seems to is how it looks: have taken the hint and allocated enough processing power and preamp outputs to handle even the most difficult configurations. It seems that if you can add external amplifiers, you can truly harness the power of this 11.2-channel receiver. Not since their flagship RX-Z11 selling for more than 2 the price, was this possible. OK, so thats just the speaker allocation and power amp assignments. You still have the ability to configure the speaker levels (0.5dB steps), distances (0.2 ft/.05m Now, suppose I wanted, instead to opt increments), and Extra Bass (where the for pulling both the Surround as well as receiver can send fullrange information to the Surround Back amplifiers in order to the front speakers and bass from the front power two additional zones? No problem, speakers to the subwoofer). You can also, Yamahas RX-A3000 can allocate amplifiers and this is a BIG deal for a receiver at this as needed to do that as well. Heres how price point, connect two subwoofers with that particular configuration looks: independent level and trim control and set the subwoofers for either mono, stereo (left + right), or front/rear. We typically recommend Mono, but some audiophiles may want to experiment with the stereo setting. We dont recommend the front/ back setting since it only sends LFE info to the rear sub. For more information, read: Home Theater Multiple Subwoofer But I want to use my Presence channel Set-Up Guide speakers, you say. You know what, thats a http://www. great idea. Yamaha allows you to configure audioholics.com/ those for use with an external amplifier tweaks/get-good(they have dedicated preamp outputs) and bass/multiplenow you can opt to allocate the internal subwoofer-setupamplifier between Surround Back channels calibration-1) and the optional Zone 2 you configured. This is how that scenario would look on the setup menu:

Bass Management

As was the case with the RX-Z7, the RX-A3000 provides for variable crossover settings per speaker group (ie. Mains, Center, Surrounds but doesnt give you a choice for the subwoofer crossover which I found through my testing to be dependent on the main channel crossover setting. Thus I highly recommend you keep each speaker groups crossover setting within 20Hz to ensure a more optimal integration with the subwoofer during all playback modes (ie. discrete 5.1 sources and 2 CH music in PLIIx Music Mode). Yamaha still allows you to the center and surround channels to large even if you select small for the main channels. I would have preferred Yamaha to automatically set all speakers to small if the mains were set small. Pay extra attention when manually configuring speaker size groups or use one of their presets that sets all speakers to small. The crossovers worked as expected for a THX Ultra2 certified receiver (except the RX-A3000 is not THX certified) as indicated by the 12dB/oct High Pass Filter (HPF) slopes on speakers set small and 24dB/oct Low Pass Filter (LPF) slopes on the subwoofer output which we measured with our Audio Precision APx585. The only oddity was that the subwoofer channel was down about 1.5dB at 10Hz which to us indicated a rather conservative HPF employment on this channel since this slight attention didnt show up on any of the seven main channels.
disable the video processing features for the HDMI video - also helping you to determine exactly who is doing the video processing: the receiver, the player, or your display. If you enable it, you can set the output resolution to 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p or Through (same resolution as what is being input). Please read: Video Processing in Bluray Players, Receivers and Displays (http:// www.audioholics.com/education/displaySound formats-technology/video-processing-inThis menu isnt nearly as exciting as the dvd-players-receivers-and-displays) Speaker menu, but it does offer access to basic functionality like Lipsync delay (HDMI auto or manual) and Dynamic range (for Dolby Digital soundtracks). If you are Yamahas RX-A3000 adjusting delay, the range is from 0 (the just became the most default) to 250 ms in 1 ms increments - now thats precise! You can also configure Max modern big man on and Initial Volume settings and whether or campus and its going not video outputs in Pure Direct Mode (we to take quite a bit to recommend it be off, or whats the point). topple this goliath. Max Volume can be set anywhere from -30.0 dB to +16.5 dB (the maximum) in 5dB Clint & Gene increments. Initial Volume is nearly identical, except that you can adjust it in 0.5dB steps to get a more precise starting point. Lastly, you can set the Adaptive DSP level (On or Aside from processing and conversion, Off), which varies the DSP effect with the this menu provides for scaling options of volume level of the receiver for a more converted video, and picture controls such realistic effect. as Contrast, Brightness, and Resolution Enhancement. Unless you have a deficient Video source component, we recommend The Video setup menu has some very largely leaving these options alone with unique and helpful settings. In particular, we one exception. We found that the various felt it was wise of Yamaha to allow users Noise Reduction circuits were handy in to disable analogue-to-analogue conversion. reducing mosquito noise and the analogue In that way you can force your expensive noise found on older program material. In display to do the work and maintain the either case, its a truly advanced feature purity of your video signal (its also an with six configurable Presets which allow excellent way to troubleshoot analogue adjustment over: video compatibility problems). You can also Contrast enhancement Resolution Enhancement Detail Enhancement Edge Enhancement Noise Reduction Mosquito Noise Reduction (NR) Block Noise Reduction (NR) Temporal Noise Reduction (NR) Brightness Contrast Saturation

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.

Multi-zone

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

Network

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.

Function

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

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honest and natural. I love the gentle vocal singing and the timbre of Johns voice really sounded warm through the Yamaha receiver. The lyrics may be odd, but the sound of this album is exceptional.

Listening Tests - Movies

I had an enjoyable time listening to music on the Yamaha RX-A3000, but movies were an absolute blast. sometimes literally. We watched a ton of movies on this receiver and I made a few notes on some of the more impressive titles. Blu-ray: Prince of Persia Right from the opening, this movie impressed with its full score and the chase scene throughout the city. Im a sucker for foley effects and there were plenty that creeped up through the score, such as running, sword sounds and plenty of impacts from landings on roofs and general scuffling. In the scene prior to the sands of time being recovered by the evil uncle, the fight scene between the blade-wielding Hassansin whip man and Dastan was absolutely perfect, with the chain weapon coming out of every speaker at one point of another. The sound was extremely crisp and it had the effect of commanding your immediate attention to the location from which the weapon originated - and all without being distorted or compressing the peaky effect. Later, when the Seso character fights the Hassansin, we were treated to an awesome surround sound experience that culminated in about thirty different point source daggers making their way around the entire theater room. The final fight scene is just as intense, and the Yamaha RX-A3000 did a great job rendering the punchy bass hits and low frequency effects that accompanied the snake-wielding assassin.
Blu-ray: 2012 For quite possibly the worst movie ever made, 2012 actually has some decent sound. The scene about 45 minutes in where everything starts to fall apart is simply amazing. The subs exploded with the San Andreas fault collapse and the crisp sound of earth disappearing into the abyss while the private plane lifted off was nothing short of mind-blowing. I loved the surround effects as they flew over and through a collapsing world, seemingly because they felt it would be boring to pull back on the stick and climb a few hundred feet higher. no, that just wouldnt be Hollywood - best to just fly through a building. Later, when fire reigns from the sky, and the plane once again takes off, the sound of explosive lava and earthy hits was awesome to behold. The final crescendo of course, is the total collapse of the Sistine Chapel, whose fullyenveloping explosive destruction was felt by all in the room. Movies like this just sound awesome on this receiver. It has enough power to drive the audio to insanely loud levels and there are no gaps in its ability to provide a convincing environment that pulls you into the film.

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

THD + N

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

Conclusion

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 - info@audioholics.com

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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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