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Yamaha is the home standard
on July 10, 2013
I owned previous generations of Yamaha. My last receiver was their pre-RX, pre-Aventage line. I sold it to a neighbor after a decade of flawless service (actually 10 years of constant power on!). I owned the esoteric multi-thousand dollar separate combos of other manufacturers, prior to Yamaha. Those expensive units reliability was always in doubt. They almost were impossible to have fixed, and just as impossible to afford to have fixed.
This present Yamaha puts my whole system together, putting all my HDMI inputs through a processor for video and audio. The result is a an excellent picture and audio, no matter the source. The surround effects are very accurate. The theater and decoding choices are many, with all sonically pleasing.
Tied a Sharp 70" LED screen to the output of the Yamaha's HDMI. Even Netflix type sources look like Blu Ray. Its amps went to Tannoy studio monitors and a double 10" commercial subwoofer. All components are now rigidly controlled by the high Yamaha standard that are applied by the 1030.
As I suspect compromises at lower entry levels of any manufacturer, I can highly recommend only the upper line of Yamaha.
ADDENDUM: Please note, that, during your audio setup, using their YPAO(tm) R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control) Sound Optimization with Multi-point Measurement, it will set your subwoofer all wrong, that is it will be hardly heard at all. Other Yamaha owners using YPAO have already noted this problem. So, for the sub to be accurate, you must set it's own level at minimum before starting (-6 to -12). This is so the YPAO detects it, but just barely, and then gives it the go ahead for a Yamaha +10db. After all is set and saved, you can return to the sub and adjust its level higher (for the urban, disco, rock levels that you prefer). Actually even movie soundtracks will present as thin, without punch, unless you do the previous.