Originally Posted by bwolf240
So is the RX-A2020 capable of performing 9.2 surround sound for my home theater? I am a little confused when it says it can pull two speakers for a zone and make your setup 7.2. Is it basically saying if you want you can pull two of the speakers but if you don't want it too then it can perform 9.2 sound with your theater? I am thinking about buying this reciever just want to make sure I know what I am getting.
bwolf240, I reckon, It's a bit misleading at first, but it makes sense. Yes it is capable of 9.2 and it is also capable of two channels powered zone, just not at the same time. the amp assignment is done automatically though, so it'll use 9.2 in your main as long as your powered zone (powered by the Yamaha receiver) is off. The amp is capable of 9.2 Max in the main zone, in order to power any set of speakers in a separate zone it needs to assign 2ch of the amp to that zone.
But you can do 9.2 and analog output to powered speakers (speakers with integrated or external amp) in zone 2 simultaneously.
If you really need 9.2 in main zone and zone 2 powered by your Yamaha at the same time, you should look at a 11.2 receiver (RX-Z11 , CX-A5000) ; capable of 11.2 max in main or 9.2 + 2.0 zone 2.
Now my question: I listen at moderate volume -30db, would a beefier amp (RX-A3020) make any difference in sound quality, dynamics compared to the RX-A1020 at the same perceived volume? I'm not looking to fill a huge room but rather to have better sound quality, better dynamics, better separation. Will a more powerful amp make any difference at moderate volume or is it a waste of money for my use case (low to moderate volume for late night listening)?
Also how does the headphone output compare between the two?
Edited by BrickuS - 10/24/13 at 12:12am