Refurbished A2030 are going for $800 now. $200 less than 'new old stock'. My concern is YPAO RSC vs Audyseey XT & XT32.
My post from a different thread...
I have had a Marantz SR7007 for about a week now. I'm thinking about sending it back to Crutchfield in exchange for an X4000. That is until I saw that I could get a Yamaha A2030 factory refurb with a 1yr warranty. All three pieces are $800, so that is a non-factor. Or an A840 new for $850, which is lacking too many important features and power. None of which are HDCP 2.2 compliant. I've been a Yamaha die hard since 1995. This is an upgrade from an A710 which cannot drive my uograded speakers very well.
710 YPAO is ok. 7007 Audyseey MultiEQ XT is pretty good, even better when change distance values to "real" measurements with a tape measure, set all of the speakers (Def Tech BP2003 (built-in subs) full system with a set of SM450 for side surrounds) and a Polk PSW505. I know nothing about "improved YPAO" now with RSC. I would guess it's on par with Audyseey XT.
The x4000 with xt32 with SubEQ is VERY intriguing.
Content is 60% multichannel AV, 40% 2.1 vinyl or streaming & AirPlay (TuneIn Radio, Sporify, YouTube). I can't get radio in my basement, besides my area doesn't have much HD Radio.
Unless your listening area is unusually difficult environment to make minor adjustments that most receiver/proceessor calibration software is doing, there may be a slight difference between Audyssey MultEQ XT, MultEQ XT32 and YPAO, but the differences may not be substantial. Having used all three of these on upper end Marantz and Yamaha receivers and processors, there was a slight difference, but nothing that stood out. My listening area is fairly simple in size (24' x 14' x 8'), including furniture and some treatments to work with, so this may have had some impact on my results. If you feel your bass response could be improved by using the XT32 calibration, might be worthwhile. But, if you're still using the PSW505 and not relying solely on the built-in subs of your mains (BP2006 I assume and not 2003s?) , that might be what's hampering things in that department.
When people say power doesn't make a difference, I beg to differ. Changing my speakers from Def Tech ProCinema 60 with SM450 for mains, to a complete BP2003 system practically crippled my A710's 90w.amps. The 7007 & x4000 both have 125w. The A2030 has 140.
I would agree to a certain extent, understand the sensitivity and impedance of all three mains you referenced differ, so this would have an impact on the power that's required to drive each set. Having said that, the difference between 90 W versus 140 W may be noticable but would be minimal compared to adding external amplification. You would do well to add an external amp, at least for your mains, to the SR7007.