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: 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: 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.