My X3000 is being delivered tomorrow from Crutchfield. It shipped yesterday, and UPS initially listed tomorrow (5/30) as the delivery date, then bumped it up to today, and then didn't deliver it! Actually the delivery status still says "By End of Day" today, but seeing as it's almost midnight, I find that unlikely... They are such teases!
Anyway, I am switching from an Anthem MRX-300 to the Denon AVR X3000. I attached a photo illustrating part of why I am so excited to make the change. My setup is fairly simple. I have 4 HDMI sources: a Motorola DCX-3510 cable box (Time Warner), Samsung Blu-ray player (~2 years old), Xbox 360, and Apple TV. I have a Samsung UN60D8000 60" LED TV in the living room, and just through the living room wall, a 46" one in the bedroom. I have 5 Paradigm MilleniaOne speakers and MilleniaSub in the living room and stereo Paradigms in the bedroom, so it's a 5.1 + 2.0 (zone 2) setup.
A year and a half ago, when I was shopping for my gear, there was not a great way to do zone 2 audio and video from a single receiver, unless you went with a VERY high end model, and even then the choices were very limited. So I hooked up the 4 HDMI sources, plus analog RCA L+R cables for each source. For the cable box and BD player I just needed to plug the two RCA cables into the source and receiver. For the Xbox, I needed to use some analog dongle that outputs all connections other than HDMI. For the Apple TV I got an optical-to-RCA converter. I also bought an HDMI splitter to get the video signal to the two rooms (have to watch same video source in each room, but I live alone so not a big deal).
Tonight I removed the Anthem receiver and all the cables and gear that I won't need anymore. It is amazing how much simpler my AV cabinet looks now. To commemorate the occasion, I took a photo of all the stuff I no longer need.
From left to right, top to bottom:
-4 stereo RCA cables
-HDMI cable (from receiver to splitter)
-ARC calibration microphone serial cable and USB adapter (including this because I always left it plugged in, otherwise attaching/detaching the serial connection in back is really a pain)
-power cords for optical-to-RCA and HDMI splitter
-optical digital audio cable
The Anthem served me well and really sounded nice. I ran ARC a couple times and was able to get it sounding great in my living room. But now that these new Denons are out, I really think the X3000 is ideal for my setup. Just wanted to share in case anyone else is hoping to simplify an existing 2-zone setup. Cheers.