Originally Posted by tom63376
I am looking at the great close-out deals on the RX-A1010 vs the price of a new RX-A1020. I'm not
sure which one I'll buy..
Two channel imaging and detail would be a major sway for me if either sounded better in 2ch CD mode.
Has anyone tried both the older RX-A1010 and the new RX-A1020? I ask because this will be a
dual purpose system. With movies both will probably sound equally as good. But I have found that
when playing 2 Channel Audio CDs, its easy hear that certain receivers sound better than others..
Another question I had was whether the DAC used for 2 Channel audio re-clocked the digital signal
to eliminate jitter..?? (in either model?) I ask this question because if you are streaming music,
a DAC that re-clocks the digital signal sounds significantly better.
From what I have read, there appears to be almost no difference between the 10 series and the 20 series receivers except that the 20 series adds the 4K stuff and AirPlay but unfortunately deletes the streaming services like Pandora etc. None of this affects the audio quality, so I'm guessing that you would be hard pressed to tell any difference between the two machines.
As to the clocking issue, this is what I lifted from the Yamaha website. Both the 1010 and 1020 lists are identical except for the addition of a phono input in the 20 series. The 9th item on both lists, however, mentions some sort of a jitter reduction feature. As to whether this does what you need, you'll probably have to call Yamaha directly for some clarification.
Notable Audio Features RX-V1020:
• 7-channel powerful surround sound
110W per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.06% THD, 2ch driven)
120W per channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9% THD, 2ch driven)
• HD Audio format decoding: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
• Heat sink with anti-vibration and anti-thermal properties
• Rigid chassis with additional bottom frames
• DAC on pure ground circuitry
• High speed thermal feedback power amplifier
• Low jitter PLL circuitry helps optimize sound imaging
• Detachable power cable for easier installation (also allows cable upgrade)
• Assignable amplifiers for bi-amp connection
• Intelligent assignable amplifiers for surround back - Front Presence or Zone 2
• Phono input for vinyl playback
I'm in the same position as you and looking to upgrade my receiver. I currently have a two year old mid-level Yamaha and have heard many good things about the Aventage line. But at this price point there are other choices for good sound (Marantz, Denon, Anthem and NAD to name a few.) Right now, I have my eyes on three closeout deals at my local Big Blue: a Yamaha 3010, a Denon 4311 and a Marantz 7005. Having a very difficult time making the decision. Good luck to both of us! Edited by Audio Bob - 9/12/12 at 7:43am