Originally Posted by rana_kirti
what features do you really need in an AVR...!? Also could you share why you want to change from the Yamaha A3000 ?
I'm currently confused between the T757, Yamaha A3010 & Pioneer SC-57.
Directv has an HDMI handshake problem in their dvr firmware. My Yamaha a3000 GUI was all screwed because of the problem in the directv dvr. So I decided to get a new receiver since our integra dtr40.3 did not have an issue. Plus I was just bored and wanted something new that's all. The rxa3000 did pretty much everything I wanted. That is have scenes for one button push to saved settings. I put my center speaker next to my bed when I go to bed every time I go to bed. I turn down every channel level to lowest which is -12 in the Yamaha. -12 or -10. I turn up the center to max which again is +12 or +10. I manually shut off the power to my SVS pc12+ 525 watt sub. Sound is pro logic 2 movie. This way I don't hear any sub, no surround speakers, no front left and right. I only hear center next to my bed. Th. just relax, rest and listen t either live tv or a recorded movie. I listen maybe 30 minutes to an hr or so and then shut off the receiver to try to sleep. I do this every time I go to bed. The Amaha channel level is great. The remote has a button called level. You push it and p pops the left channel level. Then I just hit the left arrow to lower it to lowest number. I then do the same for center, only raise it, right lower, surr r lower, surr left lower. I listen to a movie quietly to help calm me down and relax me. Since I do this same routine every time I go to bed, I wanted to be ale to save this set up then push one button to enable it when I go to bed. Then when I wake up I will push one button for the normal setting which is for awake time lol. The NADT757 has pre sets which I was told can do this. However the NAD doesn't network, no Internet radio, no firmware update via the network, no streaming music from a server, low end audyssey, no overlay GUI. And. Others too. Oh yeah, when changing the channel level on the Yamaha, it doesn't play the stupid loud white noise. It just changes the vol level for each channel not touching the audio your listening to. I like this so I dont bother my parents at night when I do this.
The NAD and I believe all NADS don't have any features really. No AirPlay etc.
Ok, here's my thoughts on your choices. This is only my opinion.
Please do to get Pioneer. The GUI is horrid. Kinda ugly and you can't do everything with it that you should be able to. You must have an iOS device and Pioneer free app. That's the on,y way to fully control the Pioneers. This is inexcusable and pisses me off about Pioneer. Bought the 53 in April and couldn't do anything in the GUI unless the receiver was networked and I had their iOS app. I could not have any LAN cable there and the pioneer wifi adapter thing is a rip off. So. Couldn't even fully set up the receiver. Screw Pioneer for this in my opinion.
Got the Arcam AVR360 a few days ago. I could not do a few pbasic necessary things so I took it back and bought the Marantz SR7005 which does better for features etc then the Arcam and NAD. The sound from the Marantz is slightly better then the Yamaha rxa3000 I used to have. Tiny bit more bright and not harsh. But it doesn't have all the features I want, the Yamaha did and so do the new 10 models from last year. But no one here had the new 10 models.
If it was me I'd get the Yamaha for features and it will sound fine/good I have no doubt. The NAD T757 should sound the best of all 3 but also it's personal preference. I liked the sound overall of the vsx53 pioneer but hated the lack of any useful onscreen GUI.