Originally Posted by 720p
Words cannot describe how dissapointed I am. I've waited so many months for nothing. The receiver looks exactly the same, same plastic front, no airplay, zero new features like 4k upscaling... This is the worst "update" if you can even call it that. Shame on you yamaha.
It's a speed bump, as it were. The 3010 should be considered a tweaked 3000 with a few enhancements. The physical design isn't likely to change as dramatically as you'd like to think it would (nor should it).
The main attractions are going to be the 11.2 preout sections and OSD updates. The OSD update should have been provided to the original 3000, and that's where Yamaha is failing: Inside these AVRs are nigh identical minus the new preouts and slightly improved zone configuration flexibility. Most of what the new 3010 has could be accomplished in firmware alone. The rest is pure gravy.
And let me get this straight: You're complaining that a receiver that costs three thousand five hundred dollars less
at launch than the Z11 did and has more flexibility is a bad thing? For its price range, you're not going to easily beat it. In fact, you won't
beat it in that price range. Not even the Onkyos can do so yet.
I also wouldn't be complaining about the HQV Vida chip in use. It's unbelievably
good. And I don't exactly see any update to it at its price point right now, do you?
You want more for less, and hey, I won't argue that - we all want more for less. But what you're expecting is beyond stupidly absurd given the price point for this model line.
Right now the only people who have any right to complain are the early adopters that got the 3000 (like myself) and who aren't getting the updated OSD or USB iPod/iPhone capability, both of which could be accomplished via firmware.