Summary: In September of 2013 we moved into our new house with two zones/rooms of ceiling speakers (5.1 and 2.1) and subwoofers preinstalled. For 6 months I shopped, priced, and researched home-audio receivers and surround-sound systems. I finally decided upon and purchased this Denon AVR-X3000 home theatre receiver in April of 2014, and it is one of the best electrical/technological purchases I've made in 37 years of life on planet Earth.
Summary: Installation and setup were a breeze. Audyssey DSX is fantastic. I'm using the height speakers and the difference in movie watching is enormous. You really get the sense of 3D sound. Network features like Pandora, Airplay, Internet radio, etc work flawlessly.
Summary: Excellent deal. This unit and accessories were still in the factory box. All items were still in their factory applied protective plastic and foam wrap. I am extremely happy with this purchase. Setup of my system was a breeze with the on screen prompts. I had the Denon set up and playing music from Pandora in less than 30 minutes.
Summary: I was replacing an old Denon of mine (AVR3310) and saw this one. I was able to matrix me directv boxes to 2 rooms. it was perfect for my set up and easy to install. These new Denons are really nice compared to the older ones.
Summary: I was hesitant to drop my Rotel 1550 and Rotel amps in place of a receiver with more media connectivity options. After going through the calibration, my home theater has more depth than ever and the 105 watts per channel sounds cleaner than the 150 I was getting with my amplified setup. Overall, I am very pleased and enjoying movies all over again.
Pros: Audessy, power, price, wireless streaming
Cons: Front panel looks cheap compared to other Denon receivers of similar price
Summary: Purchased the Denon to replace an older AVR of another brand to compliment a new plasma TV. We kept the same speakers since they were top-of-the-line. It was easy to install with our other components. The Denon makes it much easier to switch between sources, e.g., cable, blue-ray, etc. and the up-grade in the sound quality is significant due to both the amplifier specs and the Audessy balancing system.
Excerpt: This is my 3rd Denon receiver, but I want to qualify none of them have been replaced due to a failing product, in fact it's the exact opposite. 2 of the 3 are still in use and sound as good as ever. As for the AVR-X3000, I bought it to replace my AVR-4806, since it didn't have the necessary outputs for my current home theater. Unfortunately it's not an apples to apples comparison, but I wasn't able to purchase a reference level receiver right now.
Summary: I replaced an Onkyo (3008) that failed, and decided to try a different brand. I'm very happy with the audio. It fills a dedicated media room no problem (7.1 setup), and is crystal clear. Easy set up with the Audyssey. It's not quite as configurable as the Onkyo, as that one allowed very granular control. However, without having to do much tweaking it sounds pretty much the same. I can't tell the difference.