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Exceeded Viewing and Listening Expectations
on January 4, 2015
There is no firmware upgrade expected to be rolled up to support HDCP 2.0 version. This product is no longer in production. Those wishing to stay with Yamaha Aventage line should consider the RX-A3050 that is HDCP 2.0 compatible. I prefer to connect all my video source components via the receiver, however, when I bought a Roku 4K player, I received an error message when I connected it to my RX-A3030 and I was notified that the Roku 4K player will default to 1080p. I had to connect the Roku directly to my 4 K TV bypassing the RX-A3030.
I am seeking to trade it in for an updated receiver (fingers cross). I am a bit disappointed that my receiver is obsolete and no support for a firmware upgrade will be expected. I bought it on December 1, 2014.
I have decided to give it a lower rating from 5 stars to 3.
This is my first personal install of any receiver built by Yamaha. The expandability and technological features and prowess of the Yamaha RX-A3030 have exceeded my expectations and is worthy of my five star review.
In my professional opinion, the Yamaha RX-A3030 is one of the best A/V receivers in the market for the money and for future-proofing ones investment as it accepts full U-HD pass through signals including upscaling; and with Yamaha's latest firmware upgrade, it will handle Dolby Atmos. (Note: Before configuring settings, first download Yamaha's firmware upgrades.)
The GUI is very straight forward and user-friendly, however, it certainly could be improved to simplify setup. The instructions are very detailed and extensive and should be read carefully for the installer. Regarding setup, the speakers configuration isn't necessarily flexible. For instance, I am using 1 surround back (right) speaker in my 5.1 setup (I am from the old school of having 2 surround speakers but including 1 surround back speaker), specifically, there are 3 in-ceiling speakers in the roof behind the sitting position. This is my personal preference, of course.) I had to disconnect the third speaker (the surround back-right) for the initial setup to accept the 5.1 arrangement then manually configure into the settings to add just the one surround back-right).
There is so much flexibility and technology into this receiver and providing a review on this forum would be too overly-massive. Video processing and upscaling 1080p to ultra high definition (4K) is seamless. It does an impressive job up-converting low rez to 4K. (A few television shows I have observed via my satellite provider look well, but not perfect.). Currently, watching Blu ray movies from 1080p to 4K is amazing!!!! And playing video games and using my home theater pc (see photo) add more to enjoying the richness of details of viewing and listening pleasure.