Yamaha RX-A3070BL review & specs

Yamaha RX-A3070BL – should you buy an expensive receiver?

Yamaha RX-A3070BL

The price of Yamaha RX-A3070BL is relatively high, that’s why I tested and wrote this Yamaha RX-A3070BL review in order to figure out, whether you should buy this receiver or not. It is a great gadget, which produces high-quality picture and sound, provides comfortable user experience and solves a lot of day to day problems. However, the price is still impressive. Should you buy it? Is it a good purchase? Let’s figure out!

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Design

Even despite the fact that the price is relatively high, the design is quite similar to its competitors. Of course, it is difficult to create something exclusively new but I would like to get new features. On the other hand, I have to admit that the quality of materials is really impressive. Just look at this awesome aluminum panel. I like to touch this receiver and to use it. The buttons work well and I cannot find any problems. What about the back panel? It is a real paradise for experts. I do not understand how they managed to add so many ports. On the other hand, this device is really enormous and it weighs almost 40 pounds. I am not sure that it is appropriate for most people. To be honest, if you are an ordinary guy who wants to listen to music or podcast at home or watch movies from time to time, you should not buy this device.

Characteristics

The developers tried to add everything possible to make it better than its competitors. For example, they also added a special built-in clock and sleep timer, which makes your life significantly easier and saves your energy. On the other hand, the total operational power consumption is only 380W, that’s why the energy problem is not the most important. Fortunately, they also gave me a possibility to use my Apple AirPlay. I guess it will make the lives of users significantly better and easier. Yamaha RX-A3070BL also maintains Internet radio, that’s why you will never be bored.

Performance

Well, it is probably quite obvious that this receiver is very powerful. The developers tried to do everything possible to add as many features as possible. You can use all audio formats. Moreover, it is possible to use 3D pass-through and upscaling via HDMI up to 4k, that’s why the best quality is guaranteed. In addition, they even added a special deep color function in order to make one of the best user experience in this market. On the other hand, it would be great to create a special smartphone application in order to give us an opportunity to use the smartphone remote control. Of course, it increases the sum of money, which you have to invest to produce this device. However, do not forget that the price of this receiver is not the lowest in the market as well. There are dozens of companies, which have already implemented this function even despite the fact that their receiver cost several hundreds of dollars. In addition, I am really disappointed because of the fact that they didn’t add a dual-zone capability. I do not think that it is a normal situation. If you position the product as a premium gadget, you have to ensure all possible functions.

Sound Quality

As for the sound quality, it is difficult to find any disadvantages. It is a professional device, which can please your needs if we are talking about the sound. As I have already mentioned, it maintains all audio formats. Moreover, Yamaha RX-A3070BL also added special surround sounds effects such as cinema DSP, Cinema DSP HD3, Virtual Presence Speaker and so on. This function created the special atmosphere and it looks like you are sitting in the real IMAX cinema. However, I am a bit surprised because they decided that there is no need to implement the advanced sound (ASR) technology. As a result, I cannot use low-quality files in order to watch movies at home. I have to buy expensive Blu-ray discs if I really want to enjoy pure sound without any additional noises. I think it is a significant disadvantage and you should keep in mind this fact.

Connectivity

Yamaha understands that people are going to use this receiver as a professional tool, that’s why the number of different ports and other connections is really impressive. There are almost all built-in decoders, that’s why you can watch HD movies without any limits. The Internet, Bluetooth, and even Amazon Alexa via Yamaha RX-A3070Bl are available as well. However, I am still very angry that I cannot use the dual-zone capability.

Setup

To be honest, it was a bit difficult to set up all settings and recognize ports even despite the fact that I am a real professional in receivers and I have already tested dozens of these devices. However, if you are ready to read the whole instruction carefully, it will not be a problem at all. In addition, there are a lot of video guidances on the Internet, which can make your life significantly easier.

Conclusion

To sum up, Yamaha RX-A3070BL is a good device, which has a lot of benefits (for example, it maintains the ideal sound quality and 3D videos). Nevertheless, even despite the fact that Yamaha RX-A3070BL specs are so impressive, I do not think that it is a good idea to buy this receiver because it doesn’t have the smartphone controller and even ordinary dual-zone capability for such a high price.

Common features

Product

Yamaha RX-A3070BL

Model

RX-A3070BL

Brand

Yamaha

Rating

4.2 of 5

Reviews

32

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Amplifier class

D

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

DSD

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS neural:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS:X

Dolby atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Power device

Operational power consumption

380 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent

Colour

black

Amplifier

Total output power

725 W

Output power per channel

150 W, 165 W, 230 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.06 %

Number of channels

9

Signal-to-noise ratio

110 dB

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

2

Optical digital inputs

3

Coaxial digital inputs

3

HDMI inputs

8

HDMI outputs

2

Optical digital outputs

has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not

Subwoofer outputs

2

USB

1

Phones

1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM

Preset station qty

40

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

X.v.Color

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Deep color

MCACC Pro

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Sound output mode

Surround Sound

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

CINEMA DSP. CINEMA DSP HD3. SILENT CINEMA DSP. Virtual CINEMA FRONT. Virtual Presence Speaker. Virtual Surround Back Speaker

Surround system class

9.2 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

24

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

18.6 x 17.1 x 7.5 inches

Product weight

39.9 pounds