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This review is from: YAMAHA RX-A3010BL 9.2-Channel AV Receiver
Pros: I bought this receiver only a couple of weeks ago and already I am thrilled at the sound quality. Tons of inputs, flexible switching of signals to three additional zones, and don’t forget about the very cool mobile app to control the show from your phone or iPad. This amplifier handles audio and theater sound processing exactly right. The Yamaha was an upgrade from my previous amp - a Denon AVR-4306. The Denon always forced audio sources to play through the center channel when engaging surround modes. The Yamaha is smart enough to allow the front stereo speakers to handle the muscle of the music modes, adding just the right amount of room acoustics enhancement through the surround channels without the use of the center channel. To my ears, the difference is significant. I also love the theater modes for movies. The effect of these modes is to broaden the sound stage for movies, expanding the perceived size of your listening room and putting you in the grand theater environment.
Cons: I miss the muting mode of my old Denon which allowed an adjustable lowering of the volume, rather than a full mute. It sounds picky, but it was a cool feature. I am also a little baffled by the audio delay between the main and additional zones. This can create a bit of sonic confusion if you are playing the same audio in different zones in your house. I would like to see a firmware update to help with this issue. Another minor complaint is with the remote. Obviously, a system with so many bells and whistles would present a challenge for a remote control, but with the exception of changing the volume the device is almost unusable for a novice (my wife).
Other Thoughts: The on-screen interface is a breeze to learn. I was also quite pleased with the YPAO auto-calibration. It is far more pleasing to my taste than the Audessey calibration from my Denon – which I found to be almost worthless. Don't forget to add presence speakers to your setup to get the most out of this receiver.READ FULL REVIEW