Am looking at a new 3080 or a second hand 2060 (This is what is currently around I will consider any AMP between those two specs). Trying to decide what matters and if I need to fork out for the latest and greatest. My dedicated HT room layout is shown in the thread I started here: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/90-re...atmos-amp.html
Q1. In practice is the improved DAC noticeable. I was thinking of ripping my CDs into a lossless format instead of the MP3 I currently have.
Q2. The 3080 has dropped support for Dolby Pro Logic and Dolby Digital EX. Are there any issues with that or does a different Dolby technology merely replace it?
Q3. Is the HD3 version of Cinema DSP (vs 3D) and Surround AI worth anything?
Q4. I know Yamaha's YPAO isn't great but the 3080 adds the words "64-Bit High Precision EQ Calculation". Is that much of an improvement?
Besides the power rating and the 11.2 channels is there anything else that I should be considering when deciding on the next AMP. My main goal is to get the best sound field I can without paying for stuff I don't need. Mainly used for movie viewing via streaming in HD or BluRay (also Laserdisc which has AC-3 output) but also music when the mood takes me! I've always had Yamaha and I'm very happy so will be sticking with them. I might also go for a RX-A3050 as with my projector I don't think I need any of the later video improvements?
Focal 716V Mains
Focal CC700V Centre
Focal 605 Front Presence
B&W DS3 as Surround L&R
Focal 605 Surround Back L&R
A Yamaha YST-SW800 Sub
i recently bought a refurb 3070 and love it. it replaced a pioneer vsx-tx503 and blows it out of the water(yes i get not exactly a fair fight, but refurb vs new around the same money when i bought). Lesson again learned buy once cry once.
did you add ceiling speakers for atmos? Maybe spend less on an avr and get a better sub or 2?
Yes speakers for ATMOS are about to go in. Re: the AVR I hope to get the answers to my questions above and that will allow me to make the decision and yes if it looks like an older AMP is what I need then will definitely look to use the excess funds elsewhere.
did you mean vsx-lx503? The 503 has excellent power, but the 3070 is that much better huh? Did you not like the global crossover on the Pio?
I didn’t care for the global crossover but I think it’s more of a I want control versus I need it thing. The Yamaha just sounds better to me. The pioneer wasn’t hurting for power but the Yamaha is another league as it should be it is a flagship. It really should be fighting it out with the 801 or 901