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Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3020

9.2-channel home theater receiver with Apple AirPlay®

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Our take on the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3020

by Marshall Chase
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Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

Your receiver powers your speakers and lets you connect and select your entertainment sources. But a great receiver does a lot more — it ignites your emotions. From the passion of a favorite musical artist, to the crossfire of a super-charged movie soundtrack, to the intensity and immersion of a fast-paced video game, your receiver is the key to experiencing and enjoying it in full.

Yamaha AVENTAGE® — Premium design and performance

Yamaha designed their AVENTAGE series of receivers from the ground up with sound quality as the ultimate goal. They paid attention to the little details that add up to better performance — from a solidly built double-bottomed chassis, to separate power supplies for digital and analog circuitry. And to top it off, AVENTAGE receivers are backed by a three-year warranty.

Outstanding picture quality in two places at once

The RX-A3020 has dual-room/dual-source HDMI output. That means you can enjoy the big game on your living room A/V system, while a family member watches a Blu-ray movie on the bedroom TV.  Plus this receiver advanced HQV® Vida™ video processing that optimizes all the video signals passing through to your TVs. Powerful noise reduction and video scaling can even clean up your lower-resolution sources. If you're a movie buff with a DVD collection, you'll see a sharper, more detailed picture with your old favorites.

Unleash your iTunes® library and AirPlay®

AirPlay lets you stream music from your iTunes collection directly to your Yamaha receiver, either from a networked computer or right from your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®. Not only do you get a fast and convenient way to listen to your favorites, but anyone in your home can stream from their player to share their latest find.

Yamaha A/V Controller app for Apple and Android

The free Yamaha A/V Controller app gives you easy touchscreen control over the RX-A3020 with your smartphone or tablet.

The RX-A3020 has a direct digital input on the front panel, so you can plug your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad directly in. That's definitely convenient, but it also sounds better than an ordinary analog connection, because it bypasses the iPod's audio circuitry and use the receiver's instead. This connection even charges your iPod when it's turned off.

Free remote app for Apple® and Android™ devices

Yamaha offers a free, downloadable app for both Apple® and Android™ devices that you can use to control your system with ease. That's especially handy when you're using the receiver for a multi-room setup, because you can control it from anywhere in your home where your smartphone or tablet can get a Wi-Fi® signal. AirPlay requires a wireless home network and a wired connection between the receiver and network.

Enjoy HD Radio™ and your record collection

The RX-A3020 comes with a built-in HD Radio tuner so you can enjoy digital high-definition programs from your favorite area HD Radio stations. With 40 memory presets, there's plenty of space to save regular and multi-cast stations that you just can't get without this special type of radio tuner. And since vinyl is back, this receiver features a phono input so you can connect aturntable for warm sound with your record collection.

Your broadband entertainment network

The RX-A3020's Ethernet port opens the door to a world of fresh, new listening options. Thousands of Internet radio stations from every corner of the world are at your fingertips. And music files streamed from your networked PC are just a touch away. The possibilities seem endless.

Flexible connection options

With nine channels of power, this receiver can drive speakers in a number of different configurations depending on your setup. Enjoy surround sound in your home theater with as many as nine speakers re-creating involving special effects. Or enjoy seven-channel surround sound and use the other two channels to bi-amp your front speakers for better sound. Or listen to stereo speakers in another room.

Yamaha

Yamaha's Intelligent Amp Assign feature lets you set up multiple speakers to share the same amp channels — like outdoor speakers for Zone 2 and back surround speakers in a 9.1-channel surround setup — and the receiver will send power to the correct speakers for whatever you're playing.

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Highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 9-channel amplifier
    • 150 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.06% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® TrueHD, and DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio
    • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 1080p) via HQV-Vida® processor
    • YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer) for easy automatic speaker setup and more precise surround sound (microphone included)
    • Cinema DSP modes add richness and presence to music and movie soundtracks
    • DSP HD3 9-channel home theater mode lets you use extra front speakers to enhance the vertical dimension
    • Adaptive Dynamic Range Control limits the volume level on sound effects and commercials for more discreet late-night listening
    • Silent Cinema for simulated surround sound via standard stereo headphones
    Digital Music Options:
    • Internet-ready — access music from your PC and Internet radio stations
    • listen to music from iPod®, iPhone®, or thumb drive through the front-panel USB input
    • built-in Apple AirPlay® for ultra-convenient iTunes® music playback
    • built-in HD Radio™ tuner
    • Wi-Fi®-ready with optional Yamaha adapter
    • DLNA and Windows® 7 certified for better compatibility with other certified audio networking components
    • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution)
    Multi-room Audio/Video:
    • independent zone 2 HDMI output for enjoying digital A/V sources in a second room
    • three-room/three-source output
      • powered and line-level stereo audio output for 2nd and 3rd room (using powered 2nd and 3rd-room output allows 5.2 home theater in main room)
      • digital audio sources can be played back to Zone 2
      • USB and network-connected sources cannot be played back in different Zones at the same time
    Audio Performance Features:
    • 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converters for all channels
    • Ultra Low Jitter PLL circuitry reduces timing jitter from digital sources, for improved sound quality
    • back surround speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping compatible front left and right speakers
    • Pure Direct mode switches off front-panel display, tone controls, and DSP circuitry for cleaner sound with analog audio sources
    • Compressed Music Enhancer for better sounding MP3s and other digital music files
    • detachable power cord
    Connections:
    • HDMI 1.4a audio/video switching: 8 in, 2 out (including 1 front-panel input)
    • component video switching (4 in, 1 out)
    • composite video switching (5 in, 1 out) — including the front-panel input
    • digital audio inputs: 3 optical and 3 coaxial
    • optical digital audio output
    • 5 analog stereo audio-only inputs (including phono)
    • 7.1-channel analog audio preamp input
    • 9.2-channel analog audio preamp output
    • preamp outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
    • Ethernet port for music streaming from a PC network
    • USB port for audio playback from USB flash drives, hard disk drives, and portable MP3 music players
    • 1 pair of main speaker outputs
    General Features:
    • free Yamaha remote app lets you use your iPod touch, iPhone or Android device as a Wi-Fi® remote
    • four SCENE presets for each Zone offer easier source switching
    • full-color on-screen display lets you browse movies and music, including album art (via HDMI only)
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up receiver
    • 40 AM/FM presets
    • multibrand learning remote
    • 17-1/8"W x 7-9/16"H x 19-3/8"D
    • weight: 40.1 lbs.
    • warranty: 3 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    Number Of Channels
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    9
    Stereo RMS Power (watts)
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    150
    THD in Stereo
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    0.06 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)
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    20-20k Hz
    FM Sensitivity
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    Not Given
    HD Radio Tuner
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    Built-in
    On-Screen Display
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    Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration
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    YPAO RSC
    HDMI Standby Pass-through
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    Yes
    Composite Video Conversion
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    From Composite to HDMI, Component
    S-Video Conversion
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    From S-Video to HDMI, Component
    Component Video Conversion
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    From Component Video to HDMI, Composite
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion
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    Yes
    Internet-ready
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    Apple AirPlay
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    Built in
    App Remote Control
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    Bluetooth-compatible
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    No
    USB port for iPod/iPhone
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    Yes
    DLNA Certified
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    Audio
    MHL-compatible
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    Multibrand Remote Control
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    Learning Remote
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    LCD Remote
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    Yes
    Width (inches)
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    17-1/8
    Height (inches)
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    7-9/16
    Depth (inches)
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    19-3/8
    Weight (pounds)
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    40.1
    Parts Warranty
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    3 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output
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    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output
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    Multi-room Video
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    Multi-room HDMI Output
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    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital
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    DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    DTS
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    DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input
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    1
    Audio-Video Inputs
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    9
    Audio-only Inputs
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    4
    S-Video Inputs
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    S-Video Outputs
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    S-Video Monitor Outputs
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    Component Video Inputs
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    4
    Component Video Monitor Outputs
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    Optical Digital Inputs
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    Coaxial Digital Inputs
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    3
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    Coaxial Digital Outputs
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    None
    HDMI Inputs
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    8
    HDMI Monitor Outputs
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    2
    Subwoofer Outputs
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    Multi-Channel Analog Input
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    Multi-channel Preamp Output
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    Yes
    Main Speaker Output Pairs
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    Main Speaker Terminals
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    Ethernet Port
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    Y
    USB Connections
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    1 Front
    Removable Power Cord
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    IEC 2-prong
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    What's in the box?

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    • 9.2ch AV receiver
    • 6.5' AC power cord
    • Wireless remote control (RAV420)
    • 4 "AAA" batteries
    • YPAO microphone (with attached 19' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • Microphone base
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
    • Easy Setup Guide
    • Quick Guide for Multi-Zone/Remote Control Functions
    • Safety Brochure
    • Warranty information
    • On-line product registration information
    • FCC Information

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    Audio Features
    Video Features
    Network & Tuner Functions
    USB/iPod Integration
    Convenience Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Features

    Aventage Series: The Aventage line of Yamaha AV receivers is based on the audio design concept of providing a massive, full-bodied sound for movie sound effects and the accurate reproduction of music sources. By expertly harmonizing traditional and advanced technologies, every factor that affects sound quality, from materials & parts construction to circuitry layout, vibration damping, and "fine-tuning" the sound, is handled with no other thought than to achieve the best possible audio quality. As a result, every Aventage receiver has the ability to reproduce the most subtle details of high-definition sound, so that listeners can enjoy a truly high-class sound studio experience at home.

    • Aluminum Front Panel: The aluminum front panel is used to effectively shield sensitive circuitry from external noise and electronic energy generated by dimmer switches, fluorescent lighting, video monitors and so on. This ensures optimum sonic performance in the widest range of installation environments.
    • H-Shaped Cross Member Frame: The interior of the receiver is reinforced with cross members in an H-shape to provide an extremely rigid and stable frame. This reduces chassis vibration to virtually zero even during high volume output (seemingly even minor vibrations can affect the sound), maintaining the highest audio quality.
    • Double Bottom Construction: An additional bottom cover is added for additional support and to improve sound performance at higher volume levels and also support the power transformer and heat sinks.
    • A.R.T.: The A.R.T. (Anti-Resonance Technology) Wedge 5th foot is in the center of the unit. It dampens vibrations from the power transformer, power transistors and heat sinks, as well as vibrations that might be caused by the sound from the speakers. A.R.T. Wedge 5th foot helps ensure that vibrations do not affect the sound quality.
    • Symmetrical Power Amplifier Layout: The interior of the unit has been precisely planned, circuit-routed and built so that the left & right channels are physically and electrically isolated. This naturally maximizes channel separation, but also greatly improves signal to noise ratio and helps to achieve a wide, open sound stage.
    • Hybrid Power Supply: Independent power supplies for the digital and analog circuit, resulting in less power consumption in the standby mode, and a more efficient power transformer.

    High Fidelity Sound: The Yamaha RX-A3020 uses high quality, audio-grade Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels to maximize sound quality. It also utilizes low-jitter PLL circuitry to help optimize sound imaging, resulting in a more dynamic sound with greater detail and less distortion. The receiver's wide-range frequency response, 10Hz to 100kHz, allows you to enjoy the full fidelity of Blu-ray, DVD-Audio and Super-Audio CD players.

    Assignable 9.2ch AV Receiver: The Yamaha RX-A3020 AV Receiver is equipped with a 9-channel amplifier rated at 150 watts (into 8-ohms, at 20-20khz, with 0.06% THD, driving 2 channels) which provides high dynamic power with low-impedance drive capability. The RX-A3020 also includes dual LFE (mono-subwoofer) outputs for connecting a powered sub. The built-in nine channel amplifier can be programmed to power various speaker configurations.

    • 9ch Normal: Nine speakers are powered in the main room. Rear presence & surround back speakers can be connected. Zone 2 & Zone 3 speakers must be powered by separate amps.
    • 9ch + 1Zone: Nine speakers in the main room (front, center, surround, surround back, & presence) and two speakers in a second zone are connected to the receiver; when the second zone is turned on, the surround back speakers turn off. Zone 3 is powered by a separate amp. There are no Rear Presence speakers.
    • 9ch + RP: Nine speakers are powered in the main room. The receiver powers the front, center, surround, surround back speakers and front presence speakers; external amps power the rear presence speakers. When this configuration is applied, you cannot utilize the Zone Out/Pre Out jacks for connecting an external amplifier in Zone 3.
    • 9ch + Front: Nine speakers are powered in the main room. The receiver powers the center, surround, surround back speakers, front presence & rear presence speakers; external amps power the main front speakers. When this configuration is applied, you cannot utilize the Zone Out/Pre Out jacks for connecting an external amplifier in Zone 3.
    • 7ch + FP + RP:  Seven speakers are powered in the main room. The receiver powers the front, center, surround, & surround back speakers; external amps power the front & rear presence speakers. When this configuration is applied, you cannot utilize the Zone Out/Pre Out jacks for connecting an external amplifier in Zone 2 or Zone 3.
    • 7ch + 1Zone: Seven speakers in the main room (front, center, surround, & surround back) and two speakers in a second zone are connected to the receiver; Zone 3 speakers are powered by a separate amp. There are no Presence speakers.
    • 7ch + 2Zone: Seven speakers in the main room (front, center, surround, & surround back), two speakers in Zone2, and two speakers in Zone3 are connected to the receiver. When Zone 3 output is enabled, the surround back speakers in the main zone do not output sound.
    • 7ch + Front + 1Zone: Seven speakers in the main room (front presence, center, surround, and surround back) and two speakers in a second zone are connected to the receiver; the main front speakers are powered by an external amp. Rear Presence speakers are not used.
    • 7ch Bi-Amp: Seven speakers are powered in the main room (front, center, surround, & surround back) with the two extra amplifier channels used to bi-amp the front speakers. Zone 2/3 speakers can be connected to a separate amp. There are no Presence speakers in this configuration.
    • 7ch Bi-Amp +FP: Seven speakers are powered in the main room (front, center, surround, & surround back) with the two extra amplifier channels used to bi-amp the front speakers. Front Presence speakers can be connected to a separate amp. When this configuration is applied, you cannot utilize the Zone Out/Pre Out jacks for connecting external amplifiers for Zone 2.
    • 7ch Bi-Amp + FP + RP: Seven speakers are powered in the main room (front, center, surround, & surround back) with the two extra amplifier channels used to bi-amp the front speakers. Front & Rear Presence speakers can be connected to separate amps. When this configuration is applied, you cannot utilize the Zone Out/Pre Out jacks for connecting external amplifiers for Zone 2 or 3. 
    • 5ch + Front + 2Zone: Five speakers in the main room (center, surround, & surround back), two speakers in Zone 2, and two speakers in Zone 3 are connected to the receiver; the main front speakers are powered by an external amp. Presence speakers are not used.

    Bi-Amp Speaker Connections: This receiver allows you to reassign the surround back amplifier channels to make bi-amp connections (compatible speakers required). A bi-amplification connection uses two amplifiers for one speaker. One amplifier is connected to the woofer section of a loudspeaker while the other is connected to the combined midrange and tweeter section. With this arrangement each amplifier operates over a limited frequency range, making its job easier.

    Presence Speakers: Two pair of speaker terminals (Extra Speaker1/Extra Speaker2) or two pair of preamp-outputs (Zone Out/Pre-Outs) can be used for Front & Rear Presence speakers. The Presence speakers supplement the sound from the front speakers with extra ambient effects produced by Cinema DSP. These effects include sounds that the filmmakers intended to locate a little farther back behind the screen in order to create more theater-like ambience. The Presence speakers should be placed at the front of the room 1-3 feet outside of the front speakers and at least 6 feet off the floor.

    YPAO R.S.C. (Reflect Sound Control): YPAO-R.S.C. analyzes room acoustics and measures various speaker characteristics, then calibrates audio parameters to achieve optimum sound. It employs Reflected Sound Control to correct early reflections for studio-quality sound. It also provides DSP Effect Normalization, which varies the CINEMA DSP parameters according to the reflected sounds. Yamaha's YPAO-R.S.C. system uses a small microphone and sophisticated equalization to automatically set the best sound for any room, no matter where the speakers are. First it checks the speaker connections and phase of each speaker. Then it sends out tones which are captured by the microphone to analyze the room acoustics and sets a variety of parameters; such as the speaker size, the distance of the speakers, and even the volume level; until it achieves the best sound conditions for your room. Using the supplied Optimizer Microphone, YPAO performs the following checks and makes appropriate adjustments to give you the best possible sound from your system:

    • Speaker Wiring: Checks which speakers are connected and the polarity of each.
    • Speaker Size: Checks the frequency response of each speaker and sets the appropriate crossover frequency for each channel.
    • Speaker Distance: Checks the distance of each speaker from the listening position and adjusts the delay of each channel.
    • EQ: Each channel has a parametric equalizer; choose one of three target settings before running the setup.
      • Natural: adjusts all speaker to a natural sound; useful when the flat setting sounds too bright
      • Flat: use when all the speakers in the system have similar sound characteristics
      • Front: EQs the center and rear speakers to sound like the front; useful when your front speakers are better than the others in the system
    • Volume Level: Checks and adjusts the volume level of each speaker.
    Note: You can also choose to manually adjust the AV receiver's speaker settings.

    Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Yamaha RX-A3020 supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic) decoding formats.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the receiver must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.

    Surround Parameters: The Yamaha A/V receivers offers the following Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS NEO:6 audio adjustments.

    • Dolby Pro Logic II Settings: You can adjust the following parameters in Pro Logic II Music modes:
      • Panorama: sends stereo signals to the surround speakers as well as the front speakers for a wraparound effect 
      • Dimension: adjusts the soundfield either towards the front or towards the rear of the room
      • Center Width: moves the center channel output completely towards the center speaker or towards the front left and right speakers
    • Center Image (DTS NEO: 6 Music): This parameter adjusts the front left and right channel output relative to the center channel to make the center channel more or less dominant as necessary.

    CINEMA DSP Soundfields: Conventional multichannel audio reproduction systems base their sound on Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, using matrix and steering technologies to create surround sound effects. Yamaha CINEMA DSP is much more advanced, actually creating richly realized independent soundfields that envelop you in an unmatched surround sound experience. With dialogue, music and effects ideally located in these separate soundfields, you will hear sound with accurate placement, smooth movement, exceptional clarity and richness, and realistic presence. It will seem as if the walls of your room have disappeared and you are in the middle of your own immense theater. The AV receiver offers 23 CINEMA DSP programs for movies, music, and games.

    • Movie Soundfields: Standard, Spectacle, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, Mono Movie
    • Entertainment Soundfields: Sports, Action Game, Role Playing Game, Music Video, Recital/Opera
    • Music Soundfields: Hall Munich, Hall in Vienna, Hall in Amsterdam, Church in Freiburg, Church in Royaumont, Chamber, Village Vanguard, Warehouse Loft, Cellar club, The Roxy Theater, The Bottom Line, 9ch Stereo

    CINEMA DSP Parameters: You can adjust the following parameters of the Cinema DSP modes.

    • Adaptive DSP Level: You can change the receiver's CINEMA DSP effect level (level of the soundfield effect to be added). You can manually adjust the level of the soundfield effect from -6 dB to +3 dB. Or, with Adaptive DSP Level, the receiver automatically adjust the Cinema DSP effect level in conjunction with volume adjustments.
    • Delay: Adjusts the delay between the direct sound and the presence soundfield (1-99ms), surround soundfield (1-49ms), and surround back soundfield (1-49ms).
    • Room Size: Adjusts the broadening effect (0.1-2.0) of the presence soundfield, surround soundfield, and the surround back sound field.
    • Liveness: Adjusts the loss (0-10) of the presence soundfield, surround back soundfield, and surround back soundfield.
    • Reverb: Adjusts the delay time of the rear reverberant sound (1.0-5.0s), the delay between the direct sound and rear reverberant sound (0-250ms), and the volume of the reverberant sound (0-100%).

    CINEMA DSP Modes: The Yamaha RX-A3020 A/V receiver offers three proprietary Yamaha CINEMA modes so you can enjoy your movies and music even more in your home; regardless if you are using Presence Speakers, only have a two-channel speaker system, or listening through headphones.

    • Cinema DSP HD 3: By using four CINEMA DSP engines with advanced 3D processing and two front presence channels in a 9.2-channel configuration, it gives the sound field an enhanced vertical dimension for more realistic and exciting movie sound.
    • Virtual CINEMA DSP: Virtual CINEMA DSP is an algorithm that allows you to enjoy DSP soundfield surround effects while using a minimal two-speaker system. Virtual CINEMA DSP lets you enjoy the effects of CINEMA DSP surround sound without using surround speakers (handy for use in custom installations where some rooms don't have surround speakers). It can be used with the front/center/presence speakers or even with just the two front left and right speakers. This unit will switch to virtual CINEMA DSP mode automatically when surround speakers are unavailable.
    • SILENT CINEMA: SILENT CINEMA makes it possible to hear large-scale surround sound through ordinary headphones. This is a variation of CINEMA DSP technology that Yamaha developed to let you listen in private to movies and other multi-channel sources for hours without listening fatigue.

    Virtual Presence Speaker: Virtual Presence Speaker mode provides the 3D sound effect without actual front presence speakers. It creates virtual presence speakers from the receiver's front speakers, center speakers, and surround speakers, which brings you into a stereoscopic soundfield.

    HiFi Sound Modes: The Yamaha RX-A3020 offers to HiFi audio modes which bypass the receiver's tone & DSP processing for higher sound quality performance.

    • Straight: 2-channel stereo sources are output from only the front left and right speakers, while multi-channel sources are decoded straight into the appropriate channels without any additional tone or DSP processing.
    • Pure Direct: Turns off the surround and tone circuitry, and dims the front-panel display, allowing sources to bypass the decoders and DSP processors of this unit so you can enjoy pure hi-fi sound from 2-channel analog sources. During Direct playback no sound is output from the subwoofer

    Bass Management: The Yamaha RX-A3020 A/V receiver provides the following Bass Management settings.

    • Bass & Treble: You can adjust the balance of the high-frequency range (Treble) and low-frequency range (Bass) of sounds output from the receiver' front left and right speakers to obtain a desired tone. You can independently adjust the bass (50Hz) and treble (20kHz) from -6dB to +6dB in 0.5 dB increments. The tone control of the speakers or headphones can be set separately.
    • Extra Bass: You can select whether to play front channel low-frequencies through either of the front speaker or the subwoofer, or through both the subwoofer and front speakers.
    • Subwoofer Trim: The Subwoofer Trim control enhances the low frequencies by avoiding overlap with the front speaker output. This will result in a cleaner, more focused sound stage while providing a seamless frequency response. When subwoofer frequency overlap occurs in conventional systems, the overall sound is "pushed" toward the subwoofer. Subwoofer Trim takes care of this by separating the low subwoofer frequencies cleanly, thus stabilizing the front stage while providing a well-balanced enhanced bass sound.

    Music Enhancer: Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing with exclusive algorithms to enable playback that improves the performance of compressed music formats, including MP3, WMA, and AAC. With the Compressed Music Enhancer, highs and especially lows are richer and smoother, bringing music back to life to be as close to the original as possible. The receiver even has the ability to enhance the quality of uncompressed digital audio, such as a CD (2-channel PCM) or lossless FLAC file. In addition, the RX-A3020 applies noise reduction and resolution enhancement for improved audio playback.

    Dialogue Lift & Level Adjustment: Dialogue Lift raises the sound of dialogue from the center speaker to a position in the center of the screen. Newly developed virtual dialogue lift achieves dialogue lift function even without the need for presence speakers. Dialogue Level Adjustment lets you control the volume of the vocal sound, so you hear movie dialogue and music vocals at the ideal level for clear, comfortable listening.

    Adaptive DRC: Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) automatically adjusts the dynamic range in relation to the volume, useful at low volume. The amount of dynamic range compression applied to bitstream signals is adjustable; Min/Auto is suitable for low volume listening, Standard is typical for home use, and Max doesn't compress the dynamic range at all.

    Volume Adjustments: The Yamaha RX-A3020 allows you to customize the receiver's volume levels.

    • Max Volume Adjustment: Use this feature to set the receiver's maximum volume level. This feature is useful to avoid turning the volume too loud by mistake. You can set the Max Volume from -30 dB to +15 dB in 5 dB steps, or to +16.5 dB (full volume range is -80 dB to +16.5 dB).
    • Initial Volume Setting: Use this feature to set the volume level when the power is turned on. You can choose between Off (same as the volume when the unit was turned off), Mute, and -80 dB to + 16.5 dB in increments of 0.5 dB.
    • Volume Trim: Use this feature to adjust the volume level of each input. This is useful to balance the level of each input to avoid sudden changes in volume when switching between input sources. The range is from -6 dB to +6 dB in 0.5 dB increments.

    Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Yamaha RX-A3020 offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.

    • Digital Inputs/Output: The Yamaha AV receiver is equipped with four optical digital inputs (3 rear/1 front), three coaxial digital inputs (rear), and one optical digital output (rear).
    • Phono Input: The Yamaha AV receiver is fitted with a Phono input (MM), so you can connect your turntable and listen to your vinyl records with high-quality sound
    • 7.1ch Analog Input: This unit has a discrete 7.1-channel analog input for connecting DVD-Audio and Super-Audio CD players or an external decoder.
    • 9.2ch Preamp Outputs: The A/V receiver features 7.2-channel pre-amp outputs (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, Front Presence L/R, Rear Presence L/R, and Dual Subs) for connection to external power amplifiers.
    • Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding post terminals for the Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back, Extra Speaker 1 (Zone2/Zone3/R. Presence), and Extra Speaker 2 (Zone2/Zone3/F. Presence/Bi-amp) speaker terminals. The binding posts can accept bare wire, pin connectors, and single banana plugs. These terminals are spaced too far apart for dual banana plugs and a collar surrounding them prevents the use of spade connectors. You can select 8 ohms or 6 ohms in the menu depending on your speaker application. The amplifier supports 4- to 8-ohm Front speakers; and 6- to 8-ohm Center, Surround, Surround Back, Zone 2/F. Presence/Bi-Amp/Extra speakers.
    • Headphone Jack: The Yamaha RX-A3020 is equipped with a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack for connecting a set of headphone, so you can listen to your music privately. Connecting a set of headphones automatically mutes the receiver's speaker outputs.  Sound effects applied during playback can also be heard through the headphones.

    Video Features

    HDMI (v.1.4) with Dual Outputs: The Yamaha RX-A3020 AV receiver is equipped with eight HDMI v.1.4 inputs (7 front/1 rear) for connecting HDMI-equipped audio/video components. In addition there are two HDMI v.1.4 outputs that feed audio/video signals to up to two TVs. You can toggle or simultaneously output the same video between two displays, such as two televisions or a television plus a projector. HDMI Out 1 supports ARC (Audio Return Channel). HDMI out 2 can be assigned to support video in another Zone, so you can view a different audio/video source in another room of your home. The AV receiver's HDMI jacks can be used for 2-channel and multi-channel linear PCM (up to 8-channel) and Bitstream (Dolby Digital, DTS, etc) digital audio formats. The HDMI 1.4 jacks also support 1080p and 4K video signals; as well as Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v.Color, 24 Hz refresh rates, and auto Lip-Sync compensation.

    Note: When you output a video signal from both HDMI outputs simultaneously, the receiver outputs the video signal at the highest resolution that both TVs connected to this unit can support. For example, if you are have connected a 1080p TV and a 720p TV, the receiver will output 720p video through both HDMI outputs.

    HQV (Hollywood Quality Video) VHD1900 Vida Processor: This AV receiver optimizes the video signals sent to the TV by using the most advanced HQV (Hollywood Quality Video) VHD1900 Vida processor. Supporting both SD (standard definition) and HD (high definition) sources, this processor employs powerful noise reduction functions that even improve low-quality sources. The HQV Vida processor enhances image detail & quality with four-field motion adaptive de-interlacing, multi-cadence tracking, expanded 12-bit color processing & detail enhancement. The HQV Vida also incorporates two new HQV technologies (Auto HQV & HQV StreamClean) which automatically enhance the incoming image and provide powerful clean-up of source video, allowing the picture to be as crisp and clean as possible. The result transforms standard-definition sources to HD quality and makes HD look even more detailed. Moreover, the device also provides real-time clean up of highly compressed video, reducing compression artifacts of block and mosquito noise from lower-quality sources.

    4K Video Upscaling: The Yamaha RX-A3020 is capable of outstanding upscaling and i/p conversion quality. This AV Receiver will upscale video signals from analog-to-HDMI and HDMI-to-HDMI, up to 4K. This means a much better picture with HDTVs capable of 3020p, 1080i, 1080p, or 4K resolution. You can also convert a composite video signal to a component video and vice-versa (without scaling). HDMI can only be output via HDMI.

    Edge Adaptive Deinterlacing: In ordinary deinterlacing, pixels in areas of movement are interpolated by upper and lower ranges. This causes jaggies in diagonal lines. Edge adaptive deinterlacing detects the direction of the line and interpolates the pixels optimally.

    3D Ready: The Yamaha RX-A3020 AV receiver supports 3D HDMI pass-through from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be connected via HDMI). 3D provides a more engaging audio and video consumer experience. Note that special eyewear may be required for viewing 3D content

    ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.

    HDMI Standby Through Mode: When the RX-A3020 is in standby mode (power off), the Standby Through feature allows HDMI source signals to pass through the receiver to the TV. The HDMI input can be changed using the remote control. So, there's not need to turn on the A/V receiver in order to switch HDMI sources.

    Deep Color & x.v.Color Support: The Yamaha A/V receiver supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.

    Lip-sync: This function adjusts the delay between audio and video output. You can do this manually or have the receiver set the Lip-sync function automatically.

    • Auto: When connected to a TV via HDMI, automatically adjusts audio output timing (0-500ms) if the TV supports an automatic lip-sync function.
    • Manually: You can manually delay the sound output up to 500ms to synchronize it with the video image.

    Video Adjustments: The Yamaha AV receiver lets you make the following video adjustments - Resolution Enhancement, Detail Enhancement, and Edge Enhancement, Noise Reduction, Brightness, Contrast, & Saturation. These video adjustments can be saved as presets (up to 6).

    HDTV-compatible Component Video: The RX-A3020 offers four component video inputs and a single component video monitor output (the component video monitor output can also be used as a Zone 2 or 3 output). These inputs and output have a frequency response of 5 Hz to 60 MHz and will pass High Definition video sources up to 1080p.

    Front Panel AV Input: The front panel's AV Aux input features a composite video/stereo RCA input and optical digital input, along with an HDMI input.

    Background Video: The Background Video feature allows you to watch a video source while listening to a different audio source. With the RX-A3020, you can select any video input, and listen to AM/FM radio or network source at the same time.

    Network & Tuner Functions

    Ethernet LAN Port (optional WiFi): The Yamaha AV receiver is fitted with a RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) port to connect the receiver to your home network to access your DLNA music server, or Internet Radio. There is also a rear-panel USB type-A port (5V/0.5A) that allows you to connect Yamaha's YWA-10 wireless network adapter (022YWA10, sold separately) for a wireless network connection.

    DLNA 1.5/Windows 7 Certified: The RX-A3020 is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7 compliant for audio networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music stored on your PC. You can use your PC to play high-bit rate music content through your audio system, or use the RX-A3020 to browse and play music files on your hard drive.

    Media Player: The Yamaha RX-A3020 lets you play music files stored on your computer via a network connection. MP3 (up to 48kHz), WMA (up to 48kHz), AAC (up to 48kHz), WAV (up to 96kHz), and FLAC (up to 96kHz) audio files stored on your computer can be played through the RX-A3020 via its wired network connection. You can control playback of your streamed audio files from the AV receiver's remote control. The receiver also supports ID3-Tag and META tag information so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed from the unit's on-screen menu (via HDMI). This unit can play back music files stored on the following music servers:

    • PC with Windows Media Player 11 or later installed
    • PC with DLNA/UPnP Certificate server software installed
    • NAS with DLNA/UPnP certification

    Internet Radio: The Yamaha AV receiver lets you access various Internet Radio providers through its Ethernet network connection. You can control these Internet Radio services with the menu displayed on the TV screen (via HDMI only). The receiver will also display station name, album name, song title, and elapsed time on your HDMI-connected television.

    Music Service Description
    vTuner vTuner offers easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts. vTuner enables access to web-based radio stations and podcasts via an extremely reliable online database with a wide variety of content. You can browse content by Genre, Location, Language, and Favorites.
    Pandora* Pandora is a free, personalized Internet radio service that plays the music you know and helps you discover music you'll love. You can select Internet radio stations by Artist, Song, or Genre.
    Rhapsody* Rhapsody is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.
    SiriusXM* SiriusXM Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, and more.

    Note: *Firmware update required to access Pandora, Rhapsody and SiriusXM.

    HD Radio Tuner: In addition to receiving standard analog AM and FM broadcasts, the RX-A3020 features a built-in HD Radio tuner. HD Radio technology brings digital radio to conventional analog AM and FM radio stations, with improved sound quality, better reception, and new data services. HD Radio technology provides CD-quality sound for FM stations, and FM-quality sound for AM stations. In addition, FM HD Radio station can transmit multiple programs on the same frequency by using multicast channels. Text data display includes station name, song title, artist name, etc. HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    • Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.
    • Multicasting: Many HD Radio stations also offer more than one channel of programming. This service is called multicasting.
    • 40-Station Preset Tuning: The Aventage Series RX-A3020 lets you store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. This can be done manually or automatically (auto-preset tuning).
    • Direct Tuning: You can directly tune in a frequency using the receiver's remote control.
    • Stereo/Monaural Modes: You can set this receiver to automatically match FM broadcast frequencies in stereo, or convert the frequency to monaural for weaker stations.

    Web Control: When connected to your network (with Internet connection) you can control the Yamaha RX-A3020 AV receiver with the web control screen displayed in your PC's web browser. You'll be able to control functions such as Zone2, Power On/Off, and Volume. Internet Explorer 7.x, 8.x, 9.x is recommended for web browser.

    Firmware Updates: New firmware will be released for the purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be downloaded from the Yamaha website. If this unit is connected to the Internet, the receiver will indicate when a new firmware version is available and you can download the firmware via the network connection. Firmware updates normally take approximately 20 minutes or longer. Check Yamaha's Support Download Site for the most recent firmware updates. The test A/V receiver contained firmware version 1.10  (as of 11/6/2012).

    USB/iPod Integration

    USB Port: This unit is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy WAV (PCM format only), MP3, WMA, AAC, and FLAC music files from a USB mass storage class memory device; such as a portable MP3 player or USB thumbdrive (not compatible with USB HDDs). This unit can recognize sampling frequencies of up to 48 kHz on a compatible USB storage device. Your USB mass storage class device must be formatted in FAT 16 or FAT32 . You can use the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music files on your connected USB memory device. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (max. 2.1A); even in standby mode.

    Note: While listening to a song from a USB device, you can view a favorite video or photo from the receiver's monitor output. There is a rear-panel USB port (5V/0.5A) that is used only do connect the optional Yamaha wireless network adapter (YWA-10, sold separately).

    AirPlay: This AV receiver supports AirPlay, which means it can accept wireless music streaming from your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad; as well as from iTunes on Macs or PCs. This makes it easy to enjoy your iTunes music from your mobile Apple iOS device or computer on your home theater system. You can even view metadata such as song title, artist name, as well as album art via AV receiver's on-screen display. In addition, you can download Apple's free "Remote" application and use your Apple device as the remote control for your iTunes account. To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.2.2 or later) connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 4.3.3 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.

    iPod/iPhone/iPad Direct: The Yamaha AV receiver is fitted with a front-panel USB (type-A) port, composite video input, and HDMI port for playback of audio and video files on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad device.

    • Audio Playback: The USB (type-A) port on the front-panel provides convenient connection for your iPod/iPhone/iPad so you can listen to your stored music and music apps through the Yamaha AV receiver (use the Dock- or Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device). This USB digital connection means that the digital audio signal from your iPod/iPhone/iPad is transmitted directly to the system, minimizing noise interference and allowing use of the receiver's DAC, not the DAC in your iPod/iPhone. This results in more precise sound reproduction. You can navigate your Apple device's music via the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control, or continue to use your Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen. You can browse your iPod/iPhone/iPad's stored music content via Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer. You can also control Repeat & Shuffle functions. Basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) for music apps can also be controlled by the AV receiver's remote. Song/artist information and Album Art from stored music and music apps on your iPod/iPhone will display on your connected TV via HDMI (song/artist text will also display on receiver's front-panel display).
    • Video Playback: You can also view video from stored movies and movie apps on your iPod/iPhone/iPad by connecting your Apple device to the AV receiver's front-panel USB port and either the composite video input or HDMI input. Use the Apple Lightning-to-Digital AV Adapter (472LT2HDMI sold separately), the Apple Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately) to connect your iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5, iPad 4, or iPad mini to the AV receiver. Use the Apple Dock-to-Digital AV Adapter (47230PHDMI, sold separately), the Apple Dock-to-USB cable that came with your device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately) to connect your iPod touch (4th gen), iPhone 4/4S, or iPad (1/2/3). Use the Apple Composite AV cable (sold separately) for older video-capable iPod/iPhone/iPad devices w/ 30-pin connector. Video from your iPod/iPhone/iPad can only be navigated from your Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen (select Simple mode on receiver).

    Note: Your Apple device's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver (max. 2.1A).

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: Using the Lightning- or Dock-cable that came with your Apple device to connect directly to the Yamaha AV receiver, iPod/iPhone compatibility is as follows (as of 9/24/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connector Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    USB AirPlay Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Album Art Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    2 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    3 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    mini 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Convenience Features

    Advanced On-Screen GUI: The RX-A3020 offers an advanced on-screen menu (GUI) system via its HDMI output. This clean and simple interface makes setup and other operations extremely easy. Yamaha's latest graphical user interface (GUI) has a high resolution display with clear, easy-to-use menus and also includes a selectable status bar that shows input source, volume level, DSP mode and audio format. The GUI can be displayed over both normal and 3D pictures. You can set the receiver's on-screen menu language to English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Russian, or Chinese. If your TV is connected to the composite video or component video monitor output, you will need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings.

    Multi-Zone AV System: The Yamaha RX-A3020 AV receiver allows you to configure a multi-zone audio/video system for your home. The multi-zone configuration feature enables you to set this unit to reproduce separate input sources in the main zone, second zone (Zone 2), third zone (Zone 3) and fourth zone (Zone 4). You can control this unit from the second, third or fourth zone using the supplied remote control.
    • Zone 2/Zone 3: The receiver's Zone 2/Zone 3 outputs allow you to play the same or different audio/video sources in other rooms of your home. The receiver has dedicated stereo preamp outputs for both Zone 2 & 3, or the built-in amplifier can power speakers in the second and/or third zones connected to the Extra Speaker 1 and Extra Speaker 2 terminals. If either Zone 2 or Zone 3 speakers are powered by the receiver, when Zone 2 or Zone 3 is turned on, the receiver's Presence speakers in the main room are turned off. The analog video monitor outputs (component video, S-video, and composite video) can also be assigned to Zone 2 or Zone 3 (but not both). The volume of Zone 2/3 can be controlled by the Yamaha receiver using either configuration or from your add-on amplifier when using the line-output. You can select the following input sources for Zone 2 or 3.
      • Analog Audio/Video Inputs (the video conversion between analog video jacks does not work for the multi-zone output; to watch video in another zone, you need to connect the Zone 2/3 video monitor out in the same way as the video input device)
      • Digital Audio Inputs (Optical/Coaxial/HDMI; 2ch PCM only to Zone 2 only)
      • AM/FM Tuner (you cannot select different AM/FM radio stations for each zone)
      • USB (including iPod/iPhone)
      • AirPlay (iPod touch/iPhone/iPad/iTunes)
      • Internet Radio (vTuner, etc.)
      • DLNA/Media Player contents
    • Zone 4: The receiver's HDMI Output 2 terminal can be assigned to output HDMI audio/video input signals to Zone 4 (or Zone 2; but not both). Now you can enjoy the same or different HDMI connected audio/video sources in another room of your home. The Zone 4 HDMI output can be connected directly to a TV for basic video and 2ch audio playback. It can also be connected to a secondary home theater receiver for multi-channel playback in another zone. The Zone 4 HDMI output does not offer on-screen display.

    Note: Unfortunately, a USB source (including iPod/iPhone) and Network connected sources (Internet Radio/Media Player) cannot be played back in different Zones at the same time.

    Party Mode: The Party Mode allows you to enjoy the AV receiver's Main Zone audio source in Zone2 & Zone3, simultaneously (regardless of input audio signal types - analog or digital). During the party mode, stereo playback is automatically selected for all zones. The Main Zone, Zone2, & Zone3 play at the same volume level during Party mode. Utilize this function when you want to play back an audio source as background music in two rooms of your home. Zone 4 is only available when an HDMI input source is selected in the main zone.

    Scene Plus: The Scene Plus function simplifies operation by providing one touch power-on, along with selection of the desired source and the appropriate DSP programs. Scene Plus offers a choice of 12 Scene selections, four of which can be assigned to the second zone in a multi-zone system. Scene Plus can be selected from the receiver's front panel, remote control, on-screen GUI, and even from the Apple iOS or Android app. Pressing a Scene button will automatically launch a number of operations that initiate play of the source controlled by that button.

    Input Rename: You can rename each input so the display reflects the actual source; choose from 15 templates or create an original name, up to nine characters.

    Display Dimmer: You can set the brightness of the front-panel display from -4 to 0.

    Memory Guard: This feature is used to prevent accidental changes to the DSP program parameter values and other system settings.

    ECO Mode: When the ECO Mode is enabled, you can reduce the receiver' power consumption by keeping the maximum volume, maximum output power, and front display's brightness low. ECO mode reduces power consumption by approximately 20%.

    Sleep Timer: The receiver's Sleep Timer function can be set turn the unit automatically off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

    Auto Power Down: If you don't operate the receiver or use the remote for an extended period of time, the unit will automatically go into standby mode (Auto Power Down function). The Auto Power Down feature is selectable to 2, 4, 8 or 12 hours.

    Remote Control

    Learning/Multibrand Remote Control (with LCD): The receiver comes with a learning/multibrand wireless remote control. In addition to the receiver, the remote can be programmed to control multiple brands of TVs, Blu-ray players, DVD players/recorders, DVRs, VCRs, etc. If you cannot find a remote control code for your playback device or if any key on the remote control does not work after you set the program code, you can use the Learn function to "teach" the receiver's remote to operate your playback device. The remote features an LCD window which displays operational information. With a single press of a button you can illuminate the remote control's buttons for 10 seconds.

    HDMI Control: The Yamaha AV receiver supports the HDMI control function, which allows you to operate external components via HDMI. If your TV or other external components support HDMI control, you can use the remote controls of those devices to operate some of this unit's functions, and to synchronize this unit with the operation of those devices. You can use the following operations with the remote control of any of the connected HDMI Control compatible devices.

    • Power synchronization (On/Standby)
    • Volume control, including Mute
    • Changing the volume of the audio output signal device (either the TV or the receiver)

    AV Controller App: This AV Controller App (free) will turn your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or Android device into a Wi-Fi enabled remote control for the Yamaha AV receiver. This App provides the flexibility to control input, volume, mute and power commands. You can browse content from all internally available sources such as Internet Radio, USB and AM/FM tuners. You can also control all AV receiver zones such as powering on and changing input for each zone. This App not only controls the Yamaha AV receiver, it also controls Yamaha Blu-ray Disc Players, supporting various functions including Play, Stop and Forward. In addition, you can browse music stored on your Apple iOS or Android device and wirelessly transfer the content to the Yamaha A/V receiver for playback.

    • AV Controller App for Apple: The free AV controller App for Apple is available for download from the Apple iTunes App Store. It supports the iPod touch, iPhone , or iPad with iOS 4.2 or higher installed.
    • AV Controller App for Android: The free AV controller App for Android is available for download from the online Android Market. Requires Android 2.1 and up.
    Note: You must have a wireless network in your home and the Yamaha AV receiver & Apple or Android device connected to the same network.

    Remote Connections: The RX-A3020 offers a variety of remote connections.

    • Remote Jacks: The receiver has two remote input and two remote output minijack (3.5mm) terminals for use with external IR receivers and compatible Yamaha components.
    • 12V Trigger Outputs: The RX-A3020 has two programmable mini-jack outputs (3.5mm) to send 12-Volt DC turn-on signals to other components that accept a 12V trigger, such as a power amplifier or motorized projection screen. The triggers are programmed either to work with a specific zone (main room or Zone 2) or a specific source.
    • RS-232C Port: The AV receiver's RS-232C port provides seamless integration with a wide range of third-party home automation control systems.
     
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    5 out of 5

    Yamaha products impress

    Written By UKColin, Memphis on Monday, September 08, 2014
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    This unit is a full step up from my previous Yamaha RX-V671 that worked great. More power 150w vs 95w, Airplay that works great & more solid unit. Kinda miss not having iPod Dock although Airplay makes it obsolete . Will be bi-amping my main speakers using the YAO mic to balance them all. No problems, huge downloadable manual covers everything so far.
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    4 out of 5

    Impressive Performance

    Written By Ed, Wilmington, NC on Friday, June 27, 2014
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    Overall the 3020 is a fantastic performer. I'm coming from a succession of mid to upper tier Onkyo Receiver/Amps which have, until recently, performed relatively well and offered excellent features for their cost. The last Onkyo died just outside of warranty so I was wanting to step up a level. The Yamaha is a tremendous improvement and solves a number of problems for me. With 3 powered zones I was able to pull a second amp out of my rack which had been driving a pair of outdoor speakers. Also, unlike Onkyo's offerings, the output sound to zones 2 and 3 is not limited to analog devices, you can output any source to any/all of the zones. It's loaded with power and I can't imagine having enough input devices to come close to maxing it out. Since I've only had it about 3 weeks I'm still learning its tricks and will have to follow this review up later once I've run the YPAO configuration and fully integrated my home network. The sound quality is definitely a step up from the Onkyos. The only thing that keeps it from being a clear "5" is that the remote is a little tedious - especially the functionality of Macro modes - although it will do virtually everything you need once its finally configured.
    Pros:
    Clean sound and great power Easy access to multi zone music Tons of inputs and HDMI outputs (even to Zone2) Relatively easy configuration - menus are very intuitive Great flexibility
    Cons:
    Remote can be somewhat clunky - for a unit at this level I'm thinking touch screen LCD is in order.
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    4 out of 5

    One Glaring Flaw

    Written By Robert D, Pittsburgh, PA on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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    This is a great piece of equipment, with one glaring flaw. In its effort to make everything idiot-proof by automating simple functions, Yamaha, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to tell you how to utilize your 9 channels of power by giving you a choice of preset configurations. I would be happy with 9 channels, one connected to each pair of speaker outputs. But Yamaha has done the thinking for you, and if you don't fit into its preconceived amp configurations, you are out of luck. I have a 5.1 system with one zone. One channel to each of my 5 speaker setup, one each to the zone speakers, and two channels left over to biamp my front mains. Simple, right? Nope. After consulting with my Crutchfield rep, and he with Yamaha's rep, it appears that Yamaha doesn't offer that configuration, so I am left in the absurd position of having 2 channels unused and two mains I can't biamp. Yamaha, I'm not a dolt, and I don't need you to preconfigure my amp outputs. Thanks, but no thanks. If you can think, check your receiver to see if you can do with it what you want. Big Brother Yamaha is watching.
    Pros:
    build quality, video and audio quality
    Cons:
    amp pre-configuration modes may not fit in with your system needs
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    4 out of 5

    Solid Receiver

    Written By ELH, Southeastern MI on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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    I have 2 of these units, one feeding my Home Theatre Room and one (refurb) feeding my gym ( also used as spare in case main theatre breaks down). The home theatre unit is running 11.2 channels. I also have a Denon X4000 feeding my bedroom equipment. Sound quality is pretty good. Switching (HDMI) functionality is good also. While, I like the unit, I am having a heard time getting good sound distinction coming from the rear heights and rear surrounds...tested on both 3020 units. On the Denon unit, there is a much clearer distinction in the back wall channels. Overall, I do like the unit.
    Pros:
    Good unit.
    Cons:
    Rear wall channels not quite as clear as I'd like.
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    5 out of 5

    Real home theater in a box!

    Written By spasmonaut, PA on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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    This is by far the nicest A/V receiver I've ever purchased, and would do so again in a heartbeat. It supplies effortless power and has dynamic range to match, with a plethora of real, useful features to make the experience more practical, approachable, and enjoyable no matter the content. This can truly be the heart of a home entertainment SYSTEM with robust connectivity and flexible programming options that are all within the grasp of anyone that can follow the instructions (use a laptop or tablet to peruse the manual, as it's electronic only, unfortunately). I don't really believe in all of the artificial boosting and tweaking of the original media, but this unit seems to gracefully compensate for real-world deficiencies without being obnoxious. I've only been loyal to one other common A/V brand that begins with the letter "O", but through a series of product failures that are widely known in the online community, I've finally converted to Yamaha after I swore for years that I wouldn't (if only because they were so ugly for so many years! Remember that hideous rust color to their screens?). This unit, for the six months I've owned it (not really long enough to prove anything yet), has not experienced a single software hiccup or glitch, and genuinely seems to regard the user more than it expects you to anticipate it. A short learning curve makes for an easy-to-use and pleasant system that does what you ask without question and does it all very well.
    Pros:
    Power, thoughtful and quality connections, fantastic build quality, impressive technical features, plenty of built-in entertainment value and lots of room for future expansion and to stave off obsolescence. Great auto-tuning software and intuitive and powerful on-screen GUI, crazy customization and flexibility for all sorts of source units, and a focus on multi-zone entertaining with enough prowess to excel at playback of nearly all sources including hi-fidelity stereo reproduction.
    Cons:
    Not exactly cheap, but a great value nonetheless. No printed manual, two-tone remote is a bit unusual, no built-in WiFi, not so much a con but a challenge is the sheer size of the unit for many shelves or cabinets so plan ahead for adequate ventilation and remember it is DEEP especially with an array of cables connected.
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    3 out of 5

    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3020

    Written By Naresh, Aurora, IL on Monday, June 09, 2014
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    I had a Yamaha rcvr about 6 years ago and was very impressed by it at that time. So when my 5 year old Onkyo could no longer process 3D HDMI it was time to upgrade so I choose the Yamaha. Moreover I have a home theatre setup where I have a TV and a projector in the same room with a motorized drop down screen dropping in front of the tv for movie watching. So I needed 2 HDMI outputs which this offers. Just FYI my main front speakers are floor standing kick ass Martin Logan ESL's and all others are top of the line Polk Audio. However, after all the hookup and fine tuning I have to say I was very disappointed with the quality of the sound from the Yamaha. Just didn't sound loud enough and the depth of bass was lacking. Another huge issue was- I could not Bi-amp my front speakers and at the same time have a zone 2! Zone 2 only came with a normal 7.2 option without bi-amp. Since my speaker arrangement is only 5.1 the 7.2 was a waste and I wish I had the flexibility to divert 2 channels to my Bi-amp instead. But Yamaha has pre configured speaker options which cannot be changed. So I ended up returning this and getting an Onkyo TX NR929- which is cheaper but better! More on that in another review!
    Pros:
    2 HDMI output, 150 Watts per channel
    Cons:
    Sound quality not great. Speaker config for Bi amp in 5.1 plus Zone 2 not possible.
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    5 out of 5

    Outstanding

    Written By Skip, Dayton, Ohio on Monday, June 02, 2014
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    Crutchfield had the receiver marked down because it is discontinued. Great buy! This unit replaces an Onkyo TX-NR809 that succumbed to the reportedly common HDMI board failure six months out of warranty. My decision came down to this unit and the Denon 4520 and I could not pass up this bargain. Set up is straight forward. Again, no paper manual, just a CD. I downloaded a PDF file and printed it out. The first thing I did was download the firmware update from the Yamaha website to a flash drive and install it via the USB input on the front of the unit behind the drop down door. I also purchased the optional YMA-10 wireless network adapter. Easy install on the USB port on the back of the unit. Despite what I had read elsewhere about problems with this adapter, I experienced none. This receiver is everything it is touted to be! The sound is phenomenal. Much better than my previous Onkyo. So far, so good. There is definitely a learning curve and I've only had it two weeks. There are a multitude of ways to tweak your audio and video. I will revise this review once I have more experience with it. I highly recommend this AV receiver, especially if you can get a good deal on it. It has everything you need to be the center of your entertainment system.
    Pros:
    Feature laden, plenty of power to drive all of your speakers, plenty of inputs and outputs.
    Cons:
    None found yet.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Receiver

    Written By MarkinCT, CT on Monday, May 26, 2014
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    I've been a Yamaha fan for years. They make quality products with outstanding sound. This receiver is a perfect example. It's loaded with features and capabilities. The sound is outstanding. There is nothing lacking in this - actually a hard copy manual would have been appreciated since on-screen scrolling of 200+ pages is not fun.
    Pros:
    Loaded with features, high output, Yamaha quality, outstanding sound
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Good Receiver

    Written By Irad p., USVI on Saturday, May 24, 2014
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    It's a lot nicer than the 2020, it have a tone of features and the clarity is a lot better than the onkyo . The only receiver that has better sound quality that it is that Marantz 7007. One of the things I like about the receiver is it does not run hot and it does well with different zones.
    Pros:
    Nice sound quality, lots of features , very cool and different zones
    Cons:
    Sounds a little weak for it power rating
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    5 out of 5

    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3020

    Written By Anonymous, Phoenix, Az on Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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    Great sound!
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    5 out of 5

    Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020

    Written By Dave, Littleton, NH on Monday, May 12, 2014
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    Replaces Onkyo TX NR3007, which had problems with HDMI locking and audio stopped working
    Pros:
    Great sound. Control from ipad and iphone works well. An excellent buy after price markdown!
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Yamaha RX-A3020

    Written By ToddP, Houston, TX on Wednesday, May 07, 2014
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    I purchased this receiver to replace an Onkyo that died for the third time. Setup was quick and easy and had plenty of connections for everything I have. Sound quality was better than my old receiver.
    Pros:
    ease of setup ample connections
    Cons:
    none
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Yamaha RX-A3020

    Written By David, Denison, Tx on Tuesday, May 06, 2014
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    Very good HT receiver, movies and music sound great. Sound is very detailed in instrument presentation. Easy setup, easy to learn remote. With the price mark down its a good buy.
    Pros:
    11 speaker sound in home theater plus 2 subs. Good 2.0 stereo also.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Yamaha RX-A3020

    Written By eccash, Stony Brook, NY on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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    This unit replaced a Yamaha RX-V3300 with the same speakers and components in place and has better power , features, functionality and openess in its basic and DSP modes. It presents a distinct upgrage to the former unit
    Pros:
    Excellent interface with TV and other components, easy to setup has more features than I will probably ever use.
    Cons:
    Requires a little learning curve to fully realize its potential.
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    RX-A3020

    Written By Andy, Eureka Mo on Friday, February 07, 2014
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    This unit replaced a yamaha V867 tuner that I believe to be a very good sounding unit. lack of HDMI expansion was reason for upgrading. I couldnt be more please with the excellent sound of the new unit. Yamaha top end gear is hard to beat for both function and its wonderful warm sound. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a new receiver. I am running a Carver TFM25 through the pre-out for my front mains, Polk LSI15s and running Polk LSI 9s on the rear surrond. A JBL center completes my 5.1 system.
    Pros:
    Features, warm sound, room to expand for future gear.
    Cons:
    None yet.
    5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    The "Network Server" on my new Yamaha RX-A3020 receiver gets "Access E

    Written By Charlie, Carlsbad, Ca on Thursday, February 06, 2014
     
    The "Network Server" on my new Yamaha RX-A3020 receiver gets "Access Errors" I currently have a Yamaha RX-V2065 and just upgraded my Yamaha RX-V1065 to a Yamaha RX-A3020. The RX-V2065 has been working flawlessly for many years now with the "Network Server". I have a WD My Cloud NAS with a massive amount of mp3 files loaded on my home network. This has been working outstanding with my RX-V2065. But, since I have upgraded from my Yamaha RX-V1065 to a Yamaha RX-A3020 it have been nothing but frustration, headaches, and a-lot of wasted time on my part trying to get the "Network Server" to work correctly. After installing the new RX-A3020 receiver, which is on the same network as my RX-V2065 and using the same WD My Cloud NAS, I was expecting to use the new RX-A3020 receivers "Network Server" like I did with the RX-V2065. That has not been the case at all. I keep getting "Access Error" messages. I can play a "Genre" or an "Album" and it works just fine, but I cannot seem to use the "All Music", I get the "Access Error" message. While RX-V2065 is sharp, quick and works for hour on end with using the "All Music". The RX-V2065 receiver continues to "shuffle" thru-out the huge music library I have, but the RX-A3020 will not. I have contacted Yamaha thru their hot-line and support emails with no help what so ever, "take it in to a repair center", right. I have contacted Cructhfield and was promised a call back after they talk to Yamaha, this never happen. Yamaha please get the RX-A3020 to work the correctly like the RX-V2065 receiver. As far as I am concerned, this is a Yamaha problem, please let me know when this will be resolved?
    Crutchfield response on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
    We received the following response from Yamaha: The RX-A3020 uses a different network chip than the RX-V1065/2065, so those receivers may not be compatible with the same NAS drives. The WD MyCloud NAS drive has several new firmware and software updates which could help. It's possible the RX-A3020 is looking for a newer firmware version, and doesn't recognize the older version. Firmware Update Page: http://support.wd.com/product/download.asp?groupid=904&lang=en There was a firmware update for the AV receiver back in the middle of 2013 which should be installed as well. http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio-visual/aventage/rx-a3020_black_u/?mode=model If none of this does not trick, then the receiver's network chip may simply be incompatible with the WD MyCloud NAS drive. Yamaha has had issues with other DLNA NAS drives, but not the WD MyCloud in particular.
    8 out of 14 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Very Impressed

    Written By Michael B, St. Louis, MO on Friday, December 20, 2013
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    I haven't had this receiver for long, but from all that I have seen, it is very impressive. Until now I have been a Denon fanatic. This receiver has changed my mind.
    Pros:
    Ease of configuration (on screen menus are great) Flexibility Sound Field Power Network communications (automation)
    Cons:
    I haven't found any yet
    7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    yamaha 3020

    Written By Dash, Amherst NY on Saturday, December 07, 2013
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    Ease of setup, clarity, options , looks, etc.etc. all over the top. i have had Sony , what a letdown , Yamaha has restored my faith :)
    Cons:
    none yet.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Big Step up From the old one.

    Written By Star, Rapid City, SD on Monday, November 25, 2013
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    The RX-a3020 is nice, It has 8 HDMI in and 2 HDMI outs. That make it a big step up from my old one. It is easy to set up.It also has RCA IN and out.
    Pros:
    Easy to set up and lots of In and outs
    Cons:
    None
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Just what I needed

    Written By LuizC, Rochester, MN on Thursday, September 26, 2013
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    Exactly what I needed for my home theater. Plenty of power, amazing networkability and ease to use.
    Pros:
    Power Sound Network functions, to include remote control on Apple devices
    Cons:
    Remote that comes with it Sound stages are not very useful, sound very weird.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Be c areful..

    Written By netman8762, Central Pa on Thursday, May 23, 2013
     
    I was replacing a Onkyo TX-NR3009. Right out of the box the Yamaha is very nice. Have to say though that the first thing that I noticed was that it seemed very light. I am not so set that I could not over look that so I went ahead and set the unit up. In setup I have to admit that I really like the Yamaha YPAO setup. It did a really good job and noticed that one of my cables (that I had changed!) was wired wrong. Very nice and quick setup! Upon beginning to get into the use I had to change the remote right away. I just could not deal with it so I used the Yamaha to control the receiver and the Onkyo to control everything else. The remote is just kind of awkward and there are not enough buttons to program to perform the functions that I needed. So I went ahead and started with a pristine copy of Wish You Were Here on vinyl. The sound in two channel direct node is awesome! Very strong and even. I then moved to a recorded episode of Definace. This is where it starts to get weird. I really like this show and I usually watch it with the Neo X movie setting. I went for the Spectacle first, then Sci Fi then adventure.... These soundfields are the weakness of this unit. They all sound like they are adding echo and you are watching everything from way down a tube. Went back to a Onkyo TX-R-3010 that I had around and all was well.

    The Yamaha seems to have really good two channel sound but it does seem weaker then its rated 145 per channel. I love the interface and the flexibility.
    Pros:
    Great two channel sound Very Nice interface Light enough to move around easily?
    Cons:
    Strange soundfields Seems kind of weak power wise. Remote, remote, remote
    7 out of 22 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    way over rated

    Written By sfb, fort laud on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
     
    I have a 7 yr young Onkyo TX SR805.. I thought I needed an "upgrade".. I was mistaken. My Onkyo was taken off the shelf (40+ lbs) and replaced with the alleged "replacement Upgrade" 3020.. the Onkyo is more dynamic in sound, more power though it is rated 10 watts /ch less than the 3020. the power "seems" soooooo much more from the Onkyo. setup is MUCH easier on the Onkyo, the remote control is better, the Ipod connection is MUCH better on the Onkyo.. i.e... the fron panel of the Yamaha MUST BE OPEN with an APPLE CORD DANGLING OUT THE FRONT AT ALLLLL times while you listen to your ipod on the Yamaha .... (that's ridiculous) ... the Onkyo discretely plugs the USB in the BACK of the receiver... to hide the Apple USB cord... I mean really.... Yamaha.. C'mon... no USB option on the rear of the AV??? wow.. so in short the door of the 3020 MUST be open.. with the white cable runing out .. in order for the listener to listen to the iPod..... ( I just wanted you to know once again how absurd that sounds.. yet true... The Network setup is convoluted.... and not easy.. AT ALL. The on screen menu is horrible.. Onkyo's is MUCH better...
    Pros:
    really ???? none
    Cons:
    network setup, Ipod access ( i.e. cable plug in on the front door which cannot be shot due to the fact that you have a white cable plugged into a black box... (UGLY)!!!, sound is tinny, cannot for the life of me listen to my two main speakers and sub.. I have to use a sub par center channel.... etc etc etc etc...
    12 out of 82 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Value

    Written By JonL, Lexington, SC on Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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    I've owned or listened to a number of home theater receivers in this class in recent years. All of them are well-built and sound great, if properly set up. The real difference, I think, is in the features and usability. That's where this receiver shines. My last receiver was a Pioneer Elite SC-68 - their top-of-the-line. As I said, it sounds great. Problem is, the features aren't nearly on par with this Yamaha. For example, Yamaha has Rhapsody and Pandora built in and easy to use. The Pioneer at least has Pandora, but the interface is as clunky as can be. In fact, the Pioneer user interface is lousy throughout, and the remote feels cheap. The RX-A3020 on the other hand is a breeze to use. All of its features are, and the remote is high-quality. I'll be putting the Pioneer up for sale now, and will stay with Yamaha for the forseeable future.
    Pros:
    Where to start.... built like a tank, outstanding graphical interface for every function, great universal remote (I prefer it to my Logitech Harmony), loads of power, great sound. Lots of internet options, including internet radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, etc. (make sure you have the latest firmware - the original firmware didn't have all of these). Has an outstanding "information" display that allows you to see every parameter of your input and output signals.
    Cons:
    Does not include a paper manual - a pdf on a disk is all you get. I hate that, though it seems to be the industry standard nowadays. I say charge 10 bucks more for it and include a real manual.
    23 out of 25 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Yamaha RX-A3020

    Written By Chris, Burbank, CA on Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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    This is my first AV receiver, I'm new to the home theater game so it took a few days to get past the learning curve but now all is good. I am very pleased with the operation of this receiver. I like the Scenes feature, the YPAO setup my speakers really well even though I haven't experimented with their location. Well worth the money.
    6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Yamaha 3020 exceeds all expectations!!!

    Written By Joshua, Syracuse, NY on Saturday, December 01, 2012
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    This is my 3rd av receiver. In the mid 90s I bought a $1,000 onkyo, and around 2003 I purchased a 7.1 100 watts per marantz. I loved them both , but was trying to keep up with new technology. I've been researching receivers for the last 3 years, and was taking a strong look at denon! After all of my research I felt the Yamaha had the best bang for the buck! I couldn't possibly be more satisfied with this purchase! Both audio, and video are pristine! My friends , and family are truly amazed, and they all want movie nights at my house! My girlfriend says it feels like a night club when she plays her music. We've pushed it to -8 on the volume, and it goes to+16.5 in .5 increments . Outstanding power, and amazing clarity! I also purchased def tech bp 8060 st fronts , and received a free 8040 center, and 8040 bp surrounds! The whole system just rocks with zero distortion! I also went for the audioquest carbon hdmi cables , and type4 speaker cables! All together it's like nothing I've ever heard before, and well worth the money. I'll be using my crutchfield rewards soon to purchase the Yamaha 1020 bluray player next! Dolly was the associate who worked with me, and she was super helpful! I'm so glad I trusted my purchase to crutchfield , and will continue in the future! I'll be reviewing my other purchases soon. Get a simillar setup, and you too will be amazed!
    Pros:
    Absolutely everything! AirPlay is awesome! Love the remote app for iPhone! Awesome power, video upscaling is pristine, also audio is incredibly natural sounding....live music will cause goose bumps! Lol
    Cons:
    None...not a single one! Well worth the money!
    21 out of 24 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Yamaha RX-A3020

    Written By Anonymous, Lafayette, CA on Sunday, November 25, 2012
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    I researched this product carefully and found it to be the best in class, and it didn't disappoint. Easy setup; easy to understand. Crutchfield always has the best prices; and it didn't disappoint there either. A very satisfied customer here.
    5 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    RX-A3020

    Written By Don E, Paso Robles, CA on Thursday, November 22, 2012
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    I am not new to Yamaha processors and this one is the best yet. I am presently operating it in the 9.1 mode and the sound is warm seamless and puts you into a club or concert hall with accuracy and realism. This processor is powerful and versatile. I particularly like the ability to incorporate my external amplifiers such as MacIntosh MC 275 or Anthem Statement P2. Flexibility is also enhanced with the HDMI inputs provided. I consider this very user friendly processor to be a bargain. I highly recommend this processor if you want good build quality,attractive industrial design, power, fidelity and value.
    Pros:
    150 watts per channel excellent provides the best movie or music experience with substantial control authority that combines well with the inherent flexibility of this first class processor.
    Cons:
    Steep learning curve but once you master it the RX-V3020 it becomes the heart of a first class home theater experience.
    18 out of 20 people found this helpful
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    3 questions already asked

    Can you set up a 5.1 system in main room with this and then 2 other zones with 2 speakers each? Do you need a separate amp for this? [ aahba  Apr 29, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Yamaha RX-A3020 does how powered outputs to have a Zone 2 and 3 without the need for an extra amp if it is just one pair of speakers in each zone. You can then do a 5.1 system for the main room. Digital audio sources can be played back to Zone 2 but not Zone 3, and USB and network-connected sources cannot be played back in different Zones at the same time. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  Apr 30, 2014 ]
    Does this unit have a tape monitor? I have two three head decks. [ Martin  Apr 09, 2014 ]
    3 answers
    • No. I don't believe so They have been getting away from cassettes. Which sucks for Nakamichi fans [ ROB   Apr 10, 2014 ]
    • Never tried that. I looked the unit over in response to your question and find myself in the same dilemma you are in. It does not appear to. Not a definitive response , sorry. Al [ ALBIN   Apr 09, 2014 ]
    • Martin, I am sure you can configure the unit to drive your decks, but I strongly recommend you download the Owner's Manual from the Yamaha website. I have one double-deck tape unit, plus a CD/DVR/VCR combo, DirectTV box, Playstation 3 box, flat-screen monitor, and a turntable. The system is pushing 9 speakers and a subwoofer, and the "9-channel stereo" setting for music is impressive. There is more room for inputs, dunno if they're audio or video, and more speakers (used as Zone 2 OR in the same room as the main system). My only complaint is the low volume of the turntable. I even tried adding a small phono amp but all I got was hummmmm.... I also suggest you call the fine folks at Crutchfield. They seem to know what they are talking about and are very helpful. Good luck! I would love to know the results of your research. [ Trivette   Apr 09, 2014 ]
    Under specs it says USB Connections 1 Front Later it says Ethernet LAN Port (optional WiFi): The Yamaha AV receiver is fitted with a RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) port to connect the receiver to your home network to access your DLNA music server, or Internet Radio. There is also a rear-panel USB type-A port (5V/0.5A) that allows you to connect Yamaha's YWA-10 wireless network adapter (022YWA10, sold separately) for a wireless network connection. Is USB connector on front (as under specs) on in the back (as stated later)? [ Dev  Dec 20, 2013 ]
    7 answers
    • Yes there are two(2) USB ports one front, one rear for purposes as intended for use by Yamaha. [ DOUGLAS   May 27, 2014 ]
    • You guys never sent me the YWA-10 wireless network connection, although it was part of the original order and I paid for it. There is a usb port in the front. [ DAVID S   Jan 20, 2014 ]
    • There is a usb connection in the front, bottom at the left, next to the mic jack. [ GLENN   Dec 23, 2013 ]
    • Hello Dev C, The USB connection is on the front. I checked and could not find a similar connection on the rear. The ethernet connection is in the rear. I bought a 50 foot ethernet cable and connected it directly with our wireless router, something not too difficult to do in our ranch house with a basement. After reading some critical reviews of the Yamaha wireless device I selected the hard wire connection. The i-phone and i-pad app is excellent allowing me to totally control the receiver from anywhere in the house. The app was, for me, one of the selling points for selecting a Yamaha product. I am totally pleased with the receiver and was impressed when it arrived the next day after I ordered it. [ PAUL A   Dec 20, 2013 ]
    • The USB connector is on the front panel (at least that is the one I have used to hookup iPods). I believe there is one on the back to hookup a wireless network adapter, but I have not used it (I use the wired ethernet connection). [ MICHAEL L   Dec 20, 2013 ]
    • There is a port on the front and I believe it is for a music input, like an IPOD. There is also a USB port on the back, but it is labelled DC OUT and is located next to the RJ45 network jack. This rear connection looks like it would be the place to connect the wireless network adapter. The user manual (or the user manual I have) does not address the use of this rear USB port. I think both statements by Yamaha are correct, one USB input used for a music input, one on the back used for connection to network. [ KEITH   Dec 20, 2013 ]
    • There is an USB connector and a HDMI port in the front. [ Dace   Dec 20, 2013 ]

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