Just a few thinks I feel like talking about. (it could get a bit techy but some will know what I'm talking about)
So, I stepped up from a NAD T765 to the Yamaha 3030 2 weeks ago. Man what an upgrade that is! I love the sound now.
I have a messy speaker setup with a few different brand speakers. I'm going to get Goldenear speakers for all channels in the future, but for now I stick with my budget stuff.
Currently I have the following:
Fronts: 2x Yamaha NS-555
Center: Polk Audio CS10
Surrounds & Backs: These are speakers of a Creative 7.1 surround set (Gigaworks S750) for the PC. I believe they were made by Cambridge Audio. They do a surprisingly adequate job, but an upgrade is required with the new receiver :P.
Subwoofer: Klipsh Synergy Sub-10
The 3030 handles this random speaker setup quite well in my opinion, though I will most likely upgrade the speakers in the future.
The upgrade I'm considering is a Goldenear combination: 2x Triton Seven, 4x SuperSat 3 and a Forcefield 4 sub. The center is not going to fit in my setup space.
Back to the 3030 receiver:
I'm just wondering what people think about the Enhancer feature. I have it on with everything, as I find it adds more clarity and dynamics to music and sound.
I have the 3030 connected to my PC (using an nVidia GTX 670). The effect of the enhancer is only audible on everything else then PCM though. PCM remains unchanged.
Though I do wonder why I can hear a (positive) change when playing LOSSLESS formats like DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD. Isn't the enhancer supposed to improve lossy formats only?
I won't be disabling the enhancer anyway because it certainly improves the audio in my opinion, but I want to hear other opinions.
I use Aimp3 for music playing (in wasapi mode), which outputs 7.1 pcm. It sounds great, so I'm happy with it.
However there is 1 annoying issue in the setup I have now.
The HDMI connection order is as follows: PC -> Receiver -> Samsung F8500 plasma.
I usually have the PC on at all times. If I then turn on the receiver it works fine, but as soon as I turn on my TV, the PC will lose sound. I have to restart the graphic driver by relogging in Windows (7).
Then it works again, until I turn off the TV. Then the PC sound is gone again. Relogging fixes it.
I've looked around on the internet and it seems this is a regularly occurring problem. Appearently the EDID stream gets interrupted when the TV turns on/off, causing the nVidia drivers to freak out.
I've ordered a device called "HDmi Detective Plus" by Gefen to counter this, because it seems nVidia doesn't care about this problem and won't fix their drivers.
I just wanted to ask if there is anyone else that has this problem and maybe fixed it in another way?
If anyone has any questions about the things I mentioned, feel free to ask!