Originally Posted by tedhontz
Yes 80Hz is what I want. I bought a new Sony ES STR-ZA3000ES receiver because I have a 4K TV and the Sony ES was HDCP 2.2 compliant. I love the receiver's GUI. It is simple and so easy to understand that even soundandvision.com said an 8 year old child could setup and operate this receiver. But, when my front speakers are set to large, the subwoofer bass is set to 120Hz according to one rep and the other rep said it is set to 200. So I don't know. I just know I have boomy bass but not punchy bass. I hate to have to sell a receiver that I like and that I just bought, especially to get a Yamaha that is not 4K HDCP 2.2 compliant when I definitely want a 4K Blu-Ray player when they arrive, even though I'm passing on the Samsung 4K player that will be released Feb 14 in a couple weeks. I'm also scared to death of the GUI on the Yamaha because I've never used it before and the Sony is so simple. I run an external Adcom GFA-555 amplifier so I don't really care about the receiver's power and my router sits next to my receiver so I don't need wifi. I also have an Apple TV so I don't even need airplay. I was just wondering if the sound on the 3000 series, not power, but sound, if the sound was any better. Also if I went with the 2040 wouldn't I be getting Atmos? But I look at it like this. I'm already buying an outdated receiver because it doesn't support 4K HDCP 2.2 compliancy, so I shouldn't pay more money to get Atmos as well. My hope is that it'll have great sound and great bass that'll get me through a few good years and then I'll be able to afford a 2050 or 3050 that'll have the 4K support and the Atmos and DTS:X. But again, mainly I use the system for 2 channel music with subwoofers.
The 2030 has the well-regarded ESS Sabre DACs. I bought the 1030 for that reason, as my first HDMI-equipped AVR. Before that I was using the multichannel analog output from my Oppo BDP-93, which is also well-regarded, though not as fancy as its 95/105 series that use the ESS Sabre DACS. I hooked them together both ways and decided that I liked the sound via HDMI better, because the pure analog link denied me the use of the YPAO room correction.
I expect that the 2030 and 3030 have one or more even better ESS Sabre DACS, but you can't go wrong in terms of pure sound with these devices.
(1) Don't use the "Natural Sound" option that you're presented with after running YPAO - that's actually a treble rolloff. Use YPAO Flat instead! This was confirmed for me by a tech there by email when I asked about that, from looking at the EQ curves it shows.
(2) Travel the sound around the room with the test tone, so you can boost the two rear channels slightly so they sound the same level as the other channels when you're facing the front speakers; the YPAO microphone doesn't take account of the pinnae behind our ears that attenuate sound from the rear! (I expect the same is true of the Audessy mike as well - the mikes are aimed at the ceiling.)
PS Oppo's Blu-ray players have dual HDMI outputs to allow users to send the video directly to the display if the AVR can't handle the latest standard - that came in with 3D. I expect that any 4K players will follow that same strategy to avoid forcing buyers to buy a new AVR at the same time, which would slow down sales of the players! So you could keep using the 2030, just sending the 4K images directly to your display. Assuming it has more than one input, the display could be connected to the 4K signals directly and to the AVR for everything else.