Summary: i have a 2020 . the 3020 has different dacs ans a couple different things. to me I have listened to the 3020 I personly couldent hear no difference. as far as the sound fields go something dosent sound right to me . sounds like your missing something in the set up?. yes some sound different but not to the point that they sound like in a cave or tunnel. I run definitive technogly 8040s fronts rears center hights ect .
Summary: The one feautre that this unit has, that I couldn't find on any other A/V unit (less than like $9,999), is what I describe as "simultaneous multi-device, multi-room HDMI output". More and more A/V receivers have 2 HDMI outputs now for sending any ONE of your A/V sources to a different room. I purchased this Yahmaha becuase it allows you to output any TWO A/V sources to TWO different rooms AT THE SAME TIME.
Pros: -Onscreen menus help with some of the more complicated setup situations -Android app for control and DLNA streaming playback of audio files locally stored on your Smart Phone is robust and not just an afterthought. (3rd party Android apps allow you to stream Smart Phone app based or subscription based music services to the a3020). -HDMI passthrough so you can easily use the A/V devices attatched to the a3020 with just your TV's speakers (great for watching a quick you...
Cons: -No way to set a default "scene" that the unit will use when it is powered on. It will use the one that was last selected when the unit was turned off. Occasionally I'll start a movie on my "Music" preset and won't notice I've had the center speaker switched off until someone starts moving their lips witohut talking. (Althrough you can press a scene button on the remote/app and it will power the unit on and use that button's scene in one fell swoop it would be nice if...
Summary: Supplier did not have the 3020 and after waiting for two weeks and going through amazon I found out. Btw I found out by tracking down the supplier. I ended up upgrading to the 3030 for a few more dollars. The vendor was responsive and took care of the issue.
Summary: I've been buying yamaha surround receivers since the early 90's and have found that if you stick to the flagship model you won't be disappointed. plenty of power and great sound and this model doesn't disappoint, i use it with definitive technology speakers,bp7001sc fronts,clr3000 center,bpvx/p surrounds,bpx rear surround,bp2x front presence.all i can say is wow, sounds that good. does everything you'd possibly want in a receiver and sounds great doing it.
Summary: DAMN! Are you serious? Yamaha has built one of the best amplifier/receiver ever! The sound quality, the design, the audio sound fields, simply untouchable. My friends come over to the house, and come into the "man cave".... When they do, they are blown away! I recently used the movie "Aliens" to give them an example of what the 3020 can do. They were blown away!
Summary: There are more than enough superlatives in the other 5-Star reviews. However, some reviews of Yamaha audio tonality characterize them as "hot" or sizzling. Personally, with exceptional hearing response for someone of my age, I find the return of the high frequencies and transients, largely forgotten in the world of DTS Sub-Woofer madness, very refreshing.
Summary: Running full 9.2 surround, Tweaked the auto configuration a little after referencing a few movies. I really like that the receiver is easy to use and fairly intuitive! Not to mention the sound and separation is incredible.
Summary: Provide a paper book manual. Explain all features thoroughly as even if one is rather familiar with the overall technology the proprietary implementations can be hard to understand.
Pros: Easy to use controls. Great sound. Feature rich. I replaced a 10 year old Marantz SCE7300 because I thought the Marantz had a thermal issue and would go into protect mode on any loud sharp noise. As soon as I turned on the RX it told me I had a wire fault and which speaker wire it was. Sure enough when I traced the wire I found that where I had put in a heating vent register the screw had just barely punctured the wire. Lucky for me the puncture was in a place in the ...
Cons: I won't ding it for these mostly because it is a feature rich piece of equipment so you need to know what you're doing - but: Initial setup can be complex. The manual (which is only on CD) could be better written. Some parameters are not explained in the manual and so you're left wondering if what you think they'll so is what they really do. I will add though that the YPAO acoustic sound analyzer is very easy to use and works quite well.
Summary: I would have to say the reciever is by far the best one I have ever owned. Setup took around 5 mins, (of course all the cables and wires were already ran). I have a 5.2 setup with 4 reference speakers going (so yeah all 9 amps being used) and the sound quality rivals the sound you would expect from going to a nice movie theater. I the one thing I noticed though is the auto setup likes to recreate a realistic sound, meaning not much base in the mix.