Yamaha Aventage RX-A3080 9.2 channel 4K A/V Receiver (2018 model) Review

7.5 Mixed Usages
6.8 VIDEO FEATURES:
7 CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS:
7.6 AUDIO FEATURES:
8.2 MULTIZONE:
8 AMPLIFICATION:
Release year: 2018 Rating: 4.1

If you're a big fan of amazing sound and want a movie theatre vibe in your living room, the Yamaha Aventage RX-A3080 is the way to go. This one is a 9.2 channel 4K A/V receiver from 2018 that'll blow your mind with its amazing sound quality. Perfect for people who love awesome sound, it's great for big living spaces. With 150 watts per channel, it makes an impact. Whether you're a total movie nerd or a music lover, this receiver will take your audio experience to a whole new level.

 

Our Verdict

The RX-A3080 is a total beast when it comes to pumping out amazing audio. It's got a solid 150W per channel, supports Dolby Atmos, and has YPAO room calibration to make sure you get a truly immersive experience. But, like, the user interface can be kind of confusing, and sometimes the software acts a little weird, which might bother people who aren't used to it. If you're a big fan of audio and know your stuff, the Yamaha Aventage RX-A3080 is seriously impressive. It'll completely transform your living room into an awesome audio paradise.

PROS
  • Exceptional 9.2 channel audio performance.
  • Premium build and sleek design.
  • 4K Ultra HD with HDR support.
  • Yamaha's MusicCast for wireless streaming.
  • AVENTAGE is built for enhanced durability.
  • YPAO room calibration for precise sound.
  • There are ample HDMI inputs for connectivity.
  • High-quality ESS Sabre DACs.

 

CONS
  • Price may deter budget-conscious buyers.
  • Learning curve for advanced settings.
  • Limited onboard streaming service options.

 

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Specification

GENERAL

Receiver Type A/V Receiver
Number Of Channel 9.2 Channel
Number Channel Processing 11
Audio Feature Dolby Atmos , DTS:X
Video Feature HDR10 , Dolby Vision , HDCP 2.3 , 4K Passthrough , 4K Upscaling
Watts Per Channel 150 W
Zones 3
Radio Internet Radio , Pandora , Spotify , Tidal , Deezer , Napster , SiriusXM
Amplifier Class G

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB Yes
RCA LIne Input: 10
RCA LIne Output: 0
RCA Pre-Outs: 1
XLR Line Inputs: 0
XLR Pre-Outs: 1
Phono Input: Yes
Optical Inputs: 3
Optical Output: 0
Coaxial Inputs: 3
Multi-Channel Input: Yes
Headphone Out: 1
HDMI Inputs: 7
HDMI Outputs: 3
8K Inputs: 0
Composite Video Input 4
Composite Video Output: 0
Component Video Input: 2
Component Video Output: 0
Front A/V Inputs: 1
Speaker A/B: No

AUDIO FEATURES:

Maximum Channel Processing 11.2
Dolby Atmos Yes
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization N/A
Dolby Atmos Music N/A
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby Surround Upmixer Yes
Dolby Pro Logic N/A
Dolby Digital EX N/A
Surround EX N/A
DTS:X Yes
DTS Neural:X Yes
DTS Virtual:X N/A
DTS Neo N/A
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio Yes
DTS 96/24 Yes
DTS Express Yes
DTS-ES Yes
IMAX Enhanced N/A
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 384 kHz/32 Bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Gapless Playback Yes
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter N/A
USB DAC N/A
Jitter Reduction N/A
DTS Dialog Control Yes
Dialog Enhancement Yes
Dialog Level Adjustment Yes
Dialog Normalization Yes
Dialogue Lift Yes
Compressed Music Enhancer Yes
High-resolution Music Enhancer Yes
Audyssey Dynamic EQ N/A
Audyssey Dynamic Volume N/A
Audyssey LFC N/A
Audyssey Sub EQ HT N/A
Audyssey DSX N/A
Direct Mode Yes
Pure Direct Mode Yes
Independent Subwoofer Outputs Yes
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization with R.S.C., Multipoint, 3D, 64-Bit High Precision EQ Calculation and Angle measurement
Audyssey App Support N/A
Bass Sync Yes
Optimized Bass Redirection Yes

VIDEO FEATURES:

HDMI Version 2.0
Enhanced ARC N/A
HDCP Version 2.3
HDR10+ N/A
Dynamic HDR N/A
Dolby Vision Yes
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) Yes
QMS (Quick Media Switching) N/A
3-D Ready Yes
Video Signal Passthrough Yes
Video Signal Upscaling Yes
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Yes
Component Video Upscaling N/A
isf Certified Calibration Control N/A

AMPLIFIERS

Channels 9.2
Front Wide Channel Support N/A
Current Feedback Topology N/A
Discrete Amplification Yes
HDAM N/A
THX™ Certification N/A
Continuous 6 Ω Rated Yes
Certified 4 Ω Performance Yes
Bi-amp Capability Yes

GAMING FEATURES

Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) N/A
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) N/A
Quick Frame Transport (QFT) N/A

ZONES

Zones 4
Powered Zones Zone 2 / 3
Zone 2 Outs HDMI, RCA Preout
Zone 3 Outs RCA Preout
RS-232C Interface Yes
+12V Trigger Output 2

RADIO

Analog Tuner FM/AM
Digital Radio N/A
Internet Radio Yes
Pandora Yes
Spotify Yes
Tidal Yes
Deezer Yes
SiriusXM Internet Radio Yes
Napster Yes

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

On-Screen Display Graphical User Interface
GUI Languages SCENE PLUS (8 sets)
Web Browser Control Yes
IP Control for CI N/A
Control4 SDDP N/A
PreAmp Mode Yes
Display Yes
Remote Controller Full LED Backlight
Remote Control In/Out 1/1
LCD Display Yes
Detachable Power Cord Yes
Setup Assistant Yes

POWER

Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 190 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 230 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front) 250 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front) 220 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front) 150 W
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 150 W
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 230 W
Power Supply AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Toroidal Transformer Yes
Power Consumption 490 W
No Sound Power No
Standby Power 0.1 W

BUILD

Dimensions (W x H x D) 435 x 192 x 474 mm
Weight 18.1 kg
Chassis H-shaped cross member frame and rigid bottom frame / double bottom construction
Front Panel Aluminum front panel
Speaker Terminals 11
Large Speaker Terminals 11
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals Yes
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals Yes
High Grade Audio Components Yes
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function Yes
Auto Power off Yes
Warranty 4 years

SPECIFICATIONS

THD digital 0.06% (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 2-ch driven)
Analog Distortion 0.005% (1 kHz/100 W/8 ohms)
Phono Distortion 200 mV/47 k-ohms
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line) 3.5 mV/47 k-ohms
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM) 1 V/470 ohms
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance 1 V/470 ohms
Rated Output digital 2.8 V/1.2 k-ohms
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 116 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 96 dB
S/N Ratio (digital) 113 dB
Phono RIAA Deviation 20 Hz-20 kHz +/-0.5 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In) 10 Hz-100 kHz +0/-3 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI 2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB 2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1.0 Vp-p/75 ohms
Video Frequency Response 5 Hz-60 MHz
Ethernet Standard IEEE802.3 10BASE-T/IEEE802.3u 100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 2.4 GHz/5 GHz
Bluetooth Version 4.2
Bluetooth Frequency 2.4 GHz
USB Terminal USB 2.0 High Speed
FM Frequency 87.5 MHz-108 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.) 1.0 µV (11.2 dBf)
FM S/N Ratio 65 dB (mono), 64 dB (stereo)
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) 0.7% (mono), 1.0% (stereo)
AM Effective Sensitivity 300 µV/m
AM Frequency 530 kHz-1710 kHz
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Details Review

Design 

The design of the RX-A3080 is super sleek and practical. The front panel looks super sleek with its aluminum finish, giving off a fancy vibe that'll totally stand out in your home theatre setup. The buttons and dials are all symmetrical and stuff, which makes it feel fancy and easy to use.

Some individuals think the front display is somewhat small, especially when you're far away. Also, not having a front HDMI input can be a bit of a hassle for people who always plug and unplug stuff.

Connectivity 

The RX-A3080 is really great when it comes to connectivity. This thing has a bunch of ports, like 7 HDMI inputs and 3 HDMI outputs, so you can hook up all your stuff without any problems. With HDCP 2.3 and eARC support, you can enjoy all the cool 4K stuff and awesome audio formats without any issues.

Having Zone 2 and Zone 3 outputs is awesome for folks who want to blast their tunes in different parts of the house. Also, the phono input for vinyl lovers is a cool addition, showing how Yamaha cares about all kinds of users.

So, there are a tonne of ways to connect stuff, which is quite interesting. But, some people say they sometimes have problems with the HDMI handshake thing, which can be super annoying when you're trying to figure out what's going on. The layout of the remote control could be more user-friendly, so it's easier to find the functions you need.

Performance

The real test for any A/V receiver is how well it performs, and the RX-A3080 definitely delivers. This bad boy can handle any audio situation like a boss with its powerful 150 watts per channel. 

The sound quality of the RX-A3080 is seriously amazing. It gives you such a rich and immersive experience, whether you're watching a killer movie or just jamming out to some tunes. The dynamic range and clarity are quite impressive, like seriously, they shine so bright in scenes with all those cool soundscapes. Having Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support is awesome because it makes the audio experience feel three-dimensional and adds a whole new level of immersion.

One great thing about the RX-A3080 is its YPAO room calibration system. It amps up the performance. This tech considers the acoustics of your place, making the sound just right for an awesome listening experience. Users really like how Yamaha has made sure that the RX-A3080 can adapt to different environments, making it even more versatile.

Some people say the user interface could be easier to use, especially for newbies to A/V receivers. Also, some users say that sometimes the software glitches and you gotta reboot it to fix it. Although these problems don't take away from the overall performance, they're worth thinking about.

Where and When to Use 

The Yamaha RX-A3080 is an extremely adaptable A/V receiver that's perfect for all kinds of setups. Whether you're setting up a sick home theatre or just upgrading your living room entertainment, this bad boy is versatile enough to work in any space. The RX-A3080 is perfect for all your audio needs, whether you're into action-packed movie nights or just chilling with some music.

Compatible Devices 

The RX-A3080 is absolutely compatible with a bunch of different devices. Yo, this thing is like the ultimate home entertainment setup. It's got everything from 4K Blu-ray players to gaming consoles and streaming devices. It all just fits together perfectly, no hassle. Users love that this thing is all future-proofed with cool features like HDMI 2.1 compatibility, so you know it's got your back when new tech comes out.

Ease of Use

Setting up the RX-A3080 is pretty easy, thanks to the on-screen prompts and the YPAO room calibration system. Yamaha's MusicCast tech makes multi-room audio super easy, so you can have awesome sound all over your place.

Even though the setup is usually pretty easy to use, some users think that the menu navigation isn't as easy to figure out as other options out there. The remote control is pretty cool, but it could use a more comfy design for easier use.

Cost

The Yamaha Aventage RX-A3080 is a bit pricey, but it's totally worth it for all you audio lovers out there. The variety of ways to connect, strong performance, and being ready for the future all make it worth it. But hey, if you're thinking about buying it, just make sure it fits your needs and doesn't break the bank.

 

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