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Originally Posted by Worf View Post

This is a really stupid question - I plan on up using the dual HDMI in a special way. I have a nice 52" Sharp TV that I use for most of my viewing. I also have a cheap Sony 3D monitor that I use for 3d content.

I plan to connect my daily viewing Sharp to the first HDMI output as the main display. But for 3R content, I want to switch to the second HDMI output and use the receiver to still do full decoding (the Sharp will most likely be off). Can the receiver do this? I don't want to hook the Sharp to the second zone as I want full surround decoding regardless of which display I use.

Note the caveat would be that if the Sharp is connected to HDMI 1 and the Sony to HDMI 2, you would have to select the HDMI Out setting to "HDMI 2" when you wanted to watch 3D video on the Sony and then switch back to either "HDMI 1" or "HDMI 1+2" when you want to watch video on the Sharp, otherwise if set to "HDMI 1+2", the Sony will only play 2D video.

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I have been enjoying my RX-Z11 for about six years now, but I'd like to try something new. The problem is I have such high regard for the Z11 I think it's going to be hard to improve on my electronics very much. What if I purchased a CX-A5000 and used it as a preamp to power the amplifier section of my Z11? Would that improve anything noticeably?

Many thanks for any thoughts, including alternative suggestions.
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Originally Posted by Tulsa View Post

I have been enjoying my RX-Z11 for about six years now, but I'd like to try something new. The problem is I have such high regard for the Z11 I think it's going to be hard to improve on my electronics very much. What if I purchased a CX-A5000 and used it as a preamp to power the amplifier section of my Z11? Would that improve anything noticeably?

Many thanks for any thoughts, including alternative suggestions.

First off..I would keep the Z-11...even if it meant you put it in a storage closest for safe keeping...smile.gif
if you got in one the newegg deal for those you could probably get all the money back you paid for it then...by selling it now

Those units are highly regarded and have build quality that cant be found anymore with the Asian manufacturers

Not sure how many channels you are going to use...but many here like the Emotiva products for separate amps...that is what I would do and pair it with the Yamaha pre/pro


Warren
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^^ I agree. I have two RX-Z11s that I'm hanging onto. I replaced one with a CX-A5000 (I wasn't using the amps in that one) and the other I replaced with a RX-A3030. This is in a smallish room that the Z11 was overkill for, and I wanted the 3030 for its ability to stream music from my DLNA server. I have other devices that will do this, but I've found that I prefer the interface in the Yamaha receivers to those other devices. Simpler and easier to get started.
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I need to make a decision today
Is the speaker angle measurement on the 3030 really worth the extra money?
Here in Denmark the 3030 is about 60% more expensive
I don't need the ability to go 11.2
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Hello, i am in the process of bying a RX-A3030 but have a question about the Internet Radio vTuner.

When i select a radio station and listen to that station, then turn off the A3030, will the 3030 (or lower models) go back to that station when i turn the 3030 ON and select NET or do i have to select Interent Radio and start over again ?

I used a Onkyo TX-NR818 and the Onkyo will go to the last used station by just selecting NET.......

Thx
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Originally Posted by jake51 View Post

I need to make a decision today
Is the speaker angle measurement on the 3030 really worth the extra money?
Here in Denmark the 3030 is about 60% more expensive
I don't need the ability to go 11.2

At 60% more than the 2030, the speaker angle measurement is not worth the money, IMHO.
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Originally Posted by CBdicX View Post

Hello, i am in the process of bying a RX-A3030 but have a question about the Internet Radio vTuner.

When i select a radio station and listen to that station, then turn off the A3030, will the 3030 (or lower models) go back to that station when i turn the 3030 ON and select NET or do i have to select Interent Radio and start over again ?

I used a Onkyo TX-NR818 and the Onkyo will go to the last used station by just selecting NET.......

Thx

I've had my 3030 connected for a couple weeks now, and with my work schedule I haven't had much time to spend with it. I have connected to the internet, and went to "100.3 The Sound LA" I love this rock station...happened up on it when visiting my daughter out there. Anyway, about three times after powering off, and back on at a later time, I had to go back through selecting the several steps to log back on to the station. But although I haven't set it up yet, once tuned in to the V Tuner, you can bookmark, so I assume that this will be faster getting back on. So far I love everything about this monster, other than learning the many features, which can be rather daunting. LOL
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Hello,
I'm working on my home theater/multi purpose room. I'm probably going to get Polk 265-rt's for left/right and Polk 255c-RT for center. Not sure on the rears, but whatever matches for those fronts. The 620-RT's I believe

With that said, I was looking at the Yamaha RX-A1030. However, I know someone that has a new RX-A2020 for sale. I know the 2020 is older, but it is also a step up. I can get the 1030 for just over 800 or the 2020 for around 1100. Is it worth the extra 300? I'm doing a 7.1 setup probably. The 2020 I think is 9.1 capable and I could stand to have another front set of speakers mounted higher. My problem is that the Polk 265-RT's will be mounted kinda low... lower than idea anyway. Yes, the tweeter can be pointed up, but I'm worried the midrange will be fired at my knees. So with that said, I'm not sure if the 2020 would come into play to allow me to setup another pair of smaller fronts that are mounted up high... or shoot, even in the ceiling for that matter. Realistically though, I will just have to deal with the fronts being low and live with it. Gotta work with the room, right?

Just trying to get some thoughts on the 1030 vs the 2020.

Too make the decision even harder, the Denon AVR-x4000 is in the mix now too.

Thanks,
Doug D
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You can get the 2030 new for 1100$ also....
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Are any of you passing a 4K signal from a Sony FMP-X1 media server through a CX-A5000? Does it work? My equipment is still in boxes and just looking to avoid mis-steps.
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Hey guys just a heads up there's a new firmware release for the CX-A5000 it just came out today. I did it and it took 25 min but no issues.

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New firmware for the RX-A3030 too, version 1.35. Includes Spotify support. Haven't tried it yet myself ....
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New firmware for the RX-A3030 too, version 1.35. Includes Spotify support. Haven't tried it yet myself ....

...sweet. Can't wait to get home tonight.
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A similar firmware update has been released for (at least) the RX-A1030, RX-A2030, RX-A3030, and CX-A5000. Since I have one of each of these, I think I'll put off the update marathon update event till Saturday when I can have plenty of time to do them all. smile.gif
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I would update one and test it for a while to see what they broke.
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Originally Posted by kriktsemaj99 View Post

I would update one and test it for a while to see what they broke.
+10 What exactly is Spotify anyway?
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

+10 What exactly is Spotify anyway?


It's a new "rub" designed to clean all electronica
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Originally Posted by Espo77 View Post

It's a new "rub" designed to clean all electronica
Yi
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Originally Posted by kriktsemaj99 View Post

I would update one and test it for a while to see what they broke.

Yeah, that's my plan. Probably do the 1030 first as it is the least used/critical of the bunch.
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

+10 What exactly is Spotify anyway?

It's a streaming music service that I'm not really interested in. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by bwillcox View Post

It's a streaming music service that I'm not really interested in. tongue.gif
I think Im with you on that. From what I gather its nearly identical to Pandora.
Edited by Bond 007 - 1/23/14 at 9:42am
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Originally Posted by Rando235 View Post

New firmware for the RX-A3030 too, version 1.35. Includes Spotify support. Haven't tried it yet myself ....

I simply want the ability to search/seek through a song while it is playing (such as fast forward to the middle of a song) while listening to digital media through the USB. This feature is strangely only available when an Apple product is connected but not a USB drive with music.
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Thank you Warren and bwillcox for your responses to my RX – Z11 question a couple of days ago. If I do as Warren suggests and use the new preamp/processor with separate power amps is there any advantage to using premium RCA cables to connect the two? I'm sure expensive HDMI cables are a scam but I don't know about analog cables. Thanks again.

Greg
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Originally Posted by Tulsa View Post

Thank you Warren and bwillcox for your responses to my RX – Z11 question a couple of days ago. If I do as Warren suggests and use the new preamp/processor with separate power amps is there any advantage to using premium RCA cables to connect the two? I'm sure expensive HDMI cables are a scam but I don't know about analog cables. Thanks again.

Greg

Well, I'm not into paying for the outrageously expensive interconnects that are out there, though you do want to make certain that you have quality cables. Here is a discussion by Gene DellaSala (of Audioholics fame) that you might find interesting/informative and help answer some questions about this:

http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e5450cdd4a74ce0dc3f066818&id=1f64ebedaa&e=fb75672527
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Hi,

i wonder if anyone could tell me if there would be any significant upgrade in sound quality

upgrading from a Yamaha A1 or AX1 to a 2010

as i'm still a bit reluctant to buy a CX-5000 yet,

 

the AX1 is only used as a pre / pro same as the 2010 would be as well into a NAD M25 and a few Arcam power amps

also will be into a Rotel 1095 still to be picked up (ebay bargain i could nt resist the other wk)

 

any advice appreciated

thanks

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anyone?

before the deal is gone

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Originally Posted by WR1325 View Post

Hi,
i wonder if anyone could tell me if there would be any significant upgrade in sound quality
upgrading from a Yamaha A1 or AX1 to a 2010
as i'm still a bit reluctant to buy a CX-5000 yet,

the AX1 is only used as a pre / pro same as the 2010 would be as well into a NAD M25 and a few Arcam power amps
also will be into a Rotel 1095 still to be picked up (ebay bargain i could nt resist the other wk)

any advice appreciated
thanks
I think going to the A2010 as a surround processor would be worth it for the MUCH more modern connectivity and it's ability to decode the lossless audio Blu-ray formats alone. Not to mention the much improved YPAO room correction software it allows.
The A1/AX1 were highly regaded in their day, but that day was a long time ago now...
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Hi,

thanks for the reply,

 

i just have a hard time justifying the upgrade when stuff still sounds so nice, and can spend the money on power amps instead

the onboard amps are n't really that good on the A1 and AX1 (i have both) but as pre / pros and through the power amps, they both still sound really good

 

you can hear the differences between the A1 and AX1 but neither is really better than the other, so feared the same with the Adventage range

and some around the forums said not to change a few yrs ago, but as you say things have moved on a bit

 

the 2010 was only £450 approx, but has fell through as apparently the seller is having problems with his Arcam

but no big deal, there are also 3010s and 3020's starting to appear on the secondhand market for reasonable money

 

after doing some review reading i was going to buy it and just sell it on if it was no good or no better than the other two,

but at such low prices and they look nicer for starters, it must be worth trying them out

 

thanks for the advice

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Originally Posted by WR1325 View Post

Hi,
thanks for the reply,

i just have a hard time justifying the upgrade when stuff still sounds so nice, and can spend the money on power amps instead
the onboard amps are n't really that good on the A1 and AX1 (i have both) but as pre / pros and through the power amps, they both still sound really good

you can hear the differences between the A1 and AX1 but neither is really better than the other, so feared the same with the Adventage range
and some around the forums said not to change a few yrs ago, but as you say things have moved on a bit

the 2010 was only £450 approx, but has fell through as apparently the seller is having problems with his Arcam
but no big deal, there are also 3010s and 3020's starting to appear on the secondhand market for reasonable money

after doing some review reading i was going to buy it and just sell it on if it was no good or no better than the other two,
but at such low prices and they look nicer for starters, it must be worth trying them out

thanks for the advice
The nice thing about using an AVR as a surround pre-pro is that you can still use external amps, and even use the AVR's internal amps to drive the surround speakers.
Later, you can upgrade to a dedicated pre-pro, and sell the AVR which (if the A2010, or A3010, etc.) will still have good value.
And in the meantime you're getting the best possible from all up to date sources.
Good luck in which ever way you decide to go. rolleyes.gif
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