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Yamaha Aventage RX-A3070 Review – Dolby Atmos Home Theater Setup!

– When you’re building your
(calm music) Dolby Atmos setup one of the main components is your AV receiver. In this episode I tell you why I chose the Yamaha Aventage RX-3070 for my Dolby Atmos setup. What’s going on Tech Squad? Andru Edwards here here
editor-in-chief of with my boy this is Techno Dad right here. Introduce yourself. – What’s up I’m Channa D. I’m your Techno Dad. – Let them know who you are, what you do, where you’re from. – I’m from Mammoth Lakes,
California, in the house, and I specialize in home
theater like 4K home theater– – Right.
– And 4K blu-ray players and setting up some awesome sound. – I mean and you have a YouTube channel. – Of course.
– That’s what I meant. Where people can find you-
– Oh– – Not literally on Earth.
(Channa laughing) Where can they find you if
they want to learn more? – Search up Techno Dad. You’ll see the T in the D, you know, and that’s it that’s it.
– Alright, so I brought you in here because we are
talking about home theater. We’re working towards the
ultimate home theater setup and I wanted to bring in an expert because even I have questions about best ways to set things up and today we’re talking
about, in particular, the home theater receiver. – Right.
– Right? The home theater receiver. Now we’re gonna do videos
on speaker placements. You’re gonna be in there with me on that– – Yeah.
– And then we’re also doing, obviously, the ultimate
home theater reveal but today we’re focusing on the receiver. Tell me what is it about the receiver that makes it such an important
piece of the home theater? – Your AV receivers
pretty much your hub okay? Everything goes in. All your sources go in
whether it’s PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, 4K Blu-Ray player, or your TiVo, or cable, or satellite box. They all go into the receiver and then you got two
outputs from this receiver. You’ve got your video and your audio. Audio goes out to all the speakers. Video goes to your display unit whichever–
– Why would you do this versus just plugging your components directly into your TV?
– Okay let’s add. You got–
– That’s what most people do right?
– Right. – They buy their TV.
– Sure. – Oh I have three HDMIs. Maybe I need a splitter. I’m gonna plug stuff
in there and I’m done. – Chances are any kind
of splitter than you can buy for like $20, $30 not gonna cut it especially when we’re talking about 4K60 and 444 colorspace.
– Okay. – For HDR. The splitter that you’re
gonna find in an AV receiver is gonna be a lot higher quality. It’ll have HDR passthrough along with all the specifications you’re gonna need for an awesome home theater setup. – And, obviously, I mean
this is just my guess. I’ve never tried it before but you’re not gonna be able to setup a true surround sound system by exporting this sound from your TV right? You can do like a sound bar–
– Oh yeah. – Maybe a sound bar with like a sub and maybe virtual surround but you’re not gonna
get true surround sound by plugging component into the TV and then getting a sound out of it. – For sure for sure. I definitely think that if you want a surround sound experience you gotta set up speakers
around your room. – Right.
– Right. – If you’re doing it do it big. – Do it real.
– Exactly, so today we’re talking about the receiver that I chose– – Okay.
– For the surround sound system. I reached out to Yamaha. They were kind enough to send it over for us to include in the home theater package that we’re doing and this one is the
Yamaha Aventage RX-3070 which is supposed to be like, basically, one of their top of the line models. – It’s a pretty nice one.
– Yeah it’s– – It’s pretty nice. It’s got a whole lot of
features going for it. – 4K.
– 4K. – HDR.
– Uh huh. You said there was a Dolby Vision update coming for it
as well if not already. – [Channa] That’s what I heard from some Yamaha users already. – Okay.
– Okay. – [Andru] Okay, that’s nice too. Eight HDMI inputs so–
– That’s a lot. – [Andru] Anything you have. (laughing) I mean how many components
are you gonna have? I think I filled it
all up all eight though but still–
– Yeah. – [Andru] I mean it
takes a lot to do that. – [Channa] The average
person maybe three or four. – Right, the key to all this. It’s not even about the components that I’m plugging into it. It’s what’s coming out of it.
– For sure. – We’ve got a Dolby Atmos 7.2.4 surround sound system. – That’s right.
– And that is, in fact, is so many speakers that it
required an external amp– – Yes.
– To get everything connected properly which I didn’t even know what I was doing with this amp
(Channa laughing) so tell me about amps real quick. Why did I need an amp when I have this receiver that can
process 11.1 channels. – So when you’re looking
for an AV receiver especially for a Dolby Atmos setup you definitely want to see how many channels it processes and see how many channels it powers. – Okay.
– So that’s the situation. Right now–
– So that’s two different things?
– Correct. – Okay.
– Two different things, okay? Your AV receiver processes 11 channels– – Okay.
– But powers nine. – So I can plug in nine speakers and that will get power–
– Right. – [Andru] It can process
two more speakers. – Correct.
– But cannot power them therefore there’s no way
to plug in those two. – Right and that’s why you needed the external amplifier.
– Okay and the external amplifier just takes care of powering? – That’s it that’s all it does. You send in a signal it puts
it out to speakers that’s– – Okay, okay so and the 7.2.4 by the way means we’ve got seven
surround sound speakers. – Yeah.
– I’ve got two subwoofers– – Two subs yeah.
– The speakers are all sent over by Klipsch. Shout out to Klipsch for
sending over the speakers and then we’ve also got
the four Atmos modules. Two on the rear towers
and then two up front and those are pointed at the ceiling. Another spec that you told
me is important to consider when buying a receiver that
I didn’t even know about was watts per channel. So basically the amount
of power it could send to each individual–
– Speaker. – Speaker, right. What does that mean? Why is that important?
– Okay pretty much you kind of want to know how much wattage
is going to a speaker. When they tell you, you know, it’s let’s say it’s what is
it 150 watts per channel on the Yamaha?
– The Yamaha Aventage 3070 is 150 watts per channel but then you said that
that’s only in stereo. – In stereo configuration–
– Yeah. – So not even–
– Not even– – I assume the more you plug in the less power goes to each?
– Exactly. – Okay.
– Exactly so that does happen so you kind of have to figure that out because the manufacturers aren’t gonna say exactly what what’s going into what. They’re gonna give you
a two channel rating and it’s gonna tell you
a two channel rating into a certain resistance level
which is measured in ohms. So if you see it’s like
that weird little circle with the two little feet.
– Yeah no one knows what that stuff means.
(Channa laughing) – Well it’s like a resistance level like the higher that number the less resistance the
speaker will provide. Like with these Klipsch
speakers they’re at eight ohms and if you have a speaker
that’s at four ohms or two ohms you’re gonna have to put
way more power into it. – Oh I got you.
– Because it’s less efficient. – Okay.
– So that’s something you definitely have to look at. If your speakers are six
ohm, four ohm, or two ohm then you need an amplifier AV receiver that’s gonna have more power output. – Okay so at 150 watts per channel where would you say that falls as far as you know good, bad–
– That’s pretty good. That’s pretty good. I mean that’s very healthy. You’ll have lots of
speakers that will range at the 75 to 100 watt like their RMS value not a peak. If you’re looking at
speakers it’s definitely RMS is the number you want to look at ’cause that’s your continuous power. – Okay.
– And it’s usually gonna be a lot lower than a peak rating and it’s also a good idea
to overpower the speaker just a little bit like if–
– That won’t damage them? – No you’ll do more damage
if you under power speakers. – Now let’s talk about the DAC. – Okay.
– Built-in DAC was another thing you mentioned that
was great about the Yamaha. It’s the ESS Sabre something. I wasn’t even sure what it even meant. – So the DAC stands for
digital audio conversion and basically everything is digital. You’re using all your HDMIs–
– Right. – That’s all digital
okay so the ESS Sabre DAC is a 32 bit digital audio converter and that takes all your ones and zeros, digital right, turns it into sound to go to the speakers.
– Over the analog wire. – Yeah.
– Okay. – That’s what it does and the ESS Sabre ones are really good and for it being built into
the Yamaha that’s great. A lot of AV receivers don’t have a DAC that’s that high quality
in you know built in. – Interesting, so would people buy like an external DAC then?
– Yeah you can. You can spend up to
like, you know, $10,000 on an external DAC.
– Wow well this is home theater.
– Okay. – So we’re not spending
$10,000 just on a DAC. – Sure.
– That’s crazy. – Yes.
– But, as you said, the DAC that’s built into the receiver that we chose here is more than sufficient to power the set up that we use. – Of course.
– Now one other feature on top of everything else we just mentioned about this receiver is
that, since it’s Yamaha, it supports Yamaha’s MusicCast– – Oh.
– I don’t know if you’re familiar with that.
– No I’m not. MusicCast is a multi-room
streaming audio system. – Oh okay.
– So the receiver can stream to nine different rooms.
– Wow. – Yeah so you can play music and have it streaming to
different rooms of your house all from the receiver wirelessly. It’s a wireless–
– So what do you need speakers for that like–
– Yeah you could use other MusicCast speakers or MusicCast modules that you plug speakers into.
– Okay. – I mean you can just spread
those around the house– – That’s real cool.
– Yeah that’s really nice because it kind of competes
with the Sonoses of the world– – Sure.
– And I mean there’s others too but Sonos is the big one that– – Right.
– Everyone knows that does multi-room. If you buy this receiver you can just buy the MusicCast modules and spread those around and then you have multiple rooms that you can control audio in and they even have an app so you can just do it
right from your phone. – That’s fantastic.
– Pretty nice. – Music in your man cave.
– Yeah exactly. – Out on the porch.
– Right. – In the bathroom. – You need it all over the place. – Everywhere.
– I have it in the bathroom. I have it in the bathroom.
(Channa laughing) – So hey.
– I love it. – You’re showering you need music but there you have it. That is the Yamaha Aventage RX-3070. $2,000 retail price. You can probably find it for less if you look at some other resellers but if you go into the big box stores, Best Buys or what have you expect to pay $2,000 for this receiver. It sounds great. We’ve got the speakers hooked into it. We’re gonna do the next video talking about that whole
speaker configuration and how to get the most out of Dolby Atmos in your home theater. Thanks a lot for being up in here with me. – Of course.
– We appreciate it. – Thank you.
– Yes. – I appreciate this. This is awesome.
– I appreciate you dropping the knowledge on me making
me a better home theater enthusiast than I already was. – Hey, you know, that’s
that’s what I’m trying to do. That’s what I do on my channel Techno Dad. Try to help everybody out there understand the mess with all this extra language that you got to deal with. – Right, right. Break it down make it simple. If you enjoyed this one
drop a like on this video. Don’t forget to click or tap on my face at the bottom of the screen to subscribe if you haven’t done already. Thanks so much for
watching I’m Andru Edwards and I’ll catch you in the next video. (elated music)


  1. Brownie Sg1 Author

    I have what used to be a good set up but now I have to upgrade again lol I was looking to buy the panasonic ub 700 but I have realised that these players don’t support Dolby vision so until they do I don’t see the point in investing yet as will probably be forced to invest again in a year or two if I buy now

  2. JC Author

    And my theory is, especially with the amp sections in these new receivers because they are getting worse and worse, always use an external amp. Get a true amp that gives you real per channel ratings. I have a Parasound amp with a Yamaha receiver doing the processing. I do not trust any of the amps in any of the mainstream receiver companys anymore.

  3. Georgi Stoyanov Author

    You should learn about resistance before talking to people about it. Higher ohms means higher resistance and not lower. The receiver actually provides more Watts to lower resistance speaker like 6 or 4 ohms than its rated power at 8 ohms. Considering this receiver is rated at 150W per channel in stereo at 8 ohms it can probably push around 250W to 4 ohm speakers in stereo.

  4. mikbert1 Author

    He stated the Ohm resistance backwards. The higher the number the more resistance in the circuit. For instance, 75 watts at 8 Ohms is 150 watts at 4 Ohms. Amplifiers tend to run hotter at lower resistances because it's providing more power with less resistance.

  5. dazedrontonomo Author

    4:4:4 HDR? doesn't exist… 4k at 10 bit 4:2:0 is the only available colorspace for hdr currently… WOW AFTER WATCHING THIS VIDEO I WOULD RECOMMEND ANY ONE ELSE WATCHING TO LEAVE BECAUSE THESE GUYS ARE GIVING A LOT OF INCORRECT INFORMATION…

  6. albert d Author

    Funny I had this amp for three days, didn’t wow me I had gone from a denon 7200 which at high levels sounded thin to a anthem mrx1120 which was awesome but got offered a lot of money to sell it so I did. To now a Rotel Rap 1580 with a rotel rmb 1075 to run the atmos speakers, and I’m blown away. Sometimes convinence in one box isn’t always the best way to go. The soundstage is incredible doing it this way.

  7. Ki11aBEE Author

    Got the 2070 when they first came out, and its amazing. Even added Atmos because of it and running 5.2.4. My Pioneer VSX1120 was a beast that served its time for a while!

  8. Prankey Author

    Less ohms = more power nerds! Amp needs to provide that much current. More voltage for higher "resistance" (its impedence – nerds)! Its the sensitivity which determines how loud the speakers go at specific power and frequency. Learn the basics before posting such reviews

  9. Miguel Russo Author

    men that guy said it all wrong about the resistance on speakers, actually its the other way around _ so for 100W rated output for 8 ohms speakers from the amplifier if you use 4 ohms speakers you get 2 times more power, (inversely proportional) but one thing to not forget is to check if the amplifier can support that configuration since the current in less resistance is going to augment once again proportionally

  10. Marcus B. Author

    This is the EXACT receiver I just got! It is my 3rd Yamaha receiver. They are "rock solid". I am super pumped to setup my new HOME THEATER!
    Great information and great receiver no doubt. 👍👍

  11. funoy Author

    In Yamaha which model av receiver with speakers is best under 50000rs.
    It's want to be included with 4k, dolby, wifi, Bluetooth… Etc….

  12. Jay Dee Author

    I like that it has (pre outs). I build guitars (30 years), and over the years have built speakers from hi-fi to 115 decibel sound reinforcement. Have a plethora of hi end power amps, speakers, … literally dozens of 15s' 12s' & 10s'… Like a woman does with shoes… Using the receivers amp to watch news or you tube vids is cool, but when mixing music or watching a blue ray, to keep up with the 15" Titanic subs I now run Crown micro tech power amps (dampening factor <1000) . What I need is the pre outs (in xlr) but rca will do. what receiver (atmos) gives you pre outs at the best price?

  13. mystickid1 Author

    Amazing Receiver Andru! Man, I can't afford a $2k receiver , my C7 was $1700 and i'm out of funds. Any reccomendations for a great atmos av receiver around $500-600?

  14. Gershon Dharmanandan Author

    What did he mean when he said its bad to underpower a speaker? My amp is a yamaha rxv481, and its 80w per channel 2ch. What wattage should my speakers be? And should i be afraid of turning it up?

  15. MSTR-RPTR Author

    I think you got the Ohms explanation wrong. The higher the Ohm rating, the more resistance the speaker is going to give to the amp. Lower Ohms give less resistance thus letting the amp give it more power. And if you go too low, then the amp will overload since it tries to give more power than is available (power supply limitations etc.) and the amp will go to protect mode to protect itself.

  16. kitti eks. Author

    Last year I was happy with 2nd 's Rx v675 a lot. I bought brand new RX a3070 On Jan2018 but performance was not likely far different with my old v675. A3070 surround system is very good but not far different with old model. So it is disappoint in my opinion. YPAO is not show good adjustment, in the end I must adjust by myself. while I enjoying with V675's internet radio, A3070 was slow response. Music enhancer is so so.Not impressive with my average speaker. A3070 seem good with expensive speaker that using more watt to supply. Mid-end user maybe not need A3070, it is up to your speaker requirement I think.

  17. Keith Dunn-Fernandez Author

    SUBBED! You guys are awesome. Even though I'm probably not going to upgrade my system to atmos (Apartment living and the subwoofer is hard enough on my neighbors without upstairs complaining about helicopters under their feet, LOL, I like to stay informed!)

  18. Peter J Author

    Yamaha rx-a3070 or denon avr-x6400h or marantz sr8012 to klipsch 5.2.4 setup rp-280f and rp-450c in front.
    What should you have gone whit..?

  19. Max Payne Author

    Thinking of getting this receiver for my Laserdisc home theatre system and a Laserdisc player, but I have to get a RF Demodulator (also made by Yamaha) to get Dolby Surround AC-3 Digital.

  20. Dennis Koomen Author

    I’ve owned Yamaha amps for 20 plus years and many different models.
    To the people complaining that these amps sound warm/bright or whatever there is a “direct” option on these amps that bypasses all the tone circuits and what you hear is what is coming from the source with no coloration. As for watts most newer Yamaha receivers are rated at 5 or 7 channel not stereo. Mine is rated at 125 per channel x 7 at 8 ohms. I’ve read many bench tests that Yamaha is underrated for the watts.

  21. ram kumar Author

    I recently upgraded to sony-str-dn1070 7.2 AV Receiver(for room size LWH 24*12*10 ft)it produces 165W per channel, im confused in choosing the suitable subs and surround speakers

    1)already have 150W active Sub Pioneer S-31 W. Receiver produces 165W & Sub power is 150W RMS does it affect this Sub?
    2)Can I hook 1 or 2 passive sub woofer( or car sub JBL Stage 1010) directly to my receiver? reason active subs are costly
    3)have surround speakers Pioneer S-11 package(Max input power is 150W) can I use it?
    4)suggest some surround speakers, look wise I like compact speakers but I need better audio quality.
    5)small or big speakers which is better for my room?
    6)why ATMOS speakers are costly ? its just tilted or it has an engine inside the speaker box? 🙂

    I dont want loud sound, need deep bass and crystal clear audio. Mostly watching movies & Music

  22. Joe Bran Author

    I've read the center channel of the 3070 as "Minimum Impedance Center: 6 ohms". Would I have any issues using this AVR with my MK750 center speaker rated at 4 Ohms?

  23. 1Grandhustler Author

    If I buy the YAMAHA RX-A3070. Will I need additional 2 channel yamaha amp receiver for a 11.2 setup? If so what yamaha 2 channel receiver would I use?

  24. Royce Faggotter Author

    The receiver in my HI FI days was an AM FM receiver, with the amp simply switching the inputs ie cassette deck open reel turntable CD player etc , which it still does.

  25. Mega Python Author

    I have a Canton Chrono SL 5.1 speaker setup and I want the best possible sound for movies and music. What should I buy? I've been looking at the Yamaha 3070 and Pioneer LX-801 so far…. Maybe I will add more speakers later.

  26. pheotonia Author

    I have a Yamaha RX-Z11 at the moment. 7.2.4 system 140 watts per channel all channels driven on an 20 amp wall circuit. I bought it in 2007 and it still works but no Atmos or 4K. The receiver cost me $5,500 dollars in 2007. I am going to squeeze three more years out of it before replacing it. Check and see if you can get more out of it by getting a higher amp circuit breaker to run it on like I did. Ask Yamaha.

  27. Nishith Vayada Author

    Nice video. How do you connect add on up firing atoms speakers to Yamaha aventage 3070? I mean where do you connect the other end of speaker wires?

  28. ragtop63 Author

    4:4:4 isn't a color space. It's chroma subsampling. It's the process of reducing chroma (color information) vs luma (brightness information) in order to reduce the amount of overall information being changed in a scene. Although it does affect color, it does it in a way that most human eyes rarely notice. BT.709 (Rec.709), YUV, sRGB, etc are color spaces. Those define the range of colors that can be reliably reproduced and also set limitations on colors being reproduced.

  29. super hero Author

    I actually own a RX-A3070 and it is the worst purchase I've done. The reason is that Yamaha has relaxed it's quality recently and my unit came defective producing a very annoying high frequency noise even when on stand by. And Yamaha didn't accept servicing it. So it is my loss. I do not recommend purchasing this receiver. It's like lottery. Sometimes goes well sometimes doesn't.

  30. Ramesh Mantha Author

    Dont buy into this 11.2 or 9.2 nonsense. I had it all setup and got disgusted with the wires and speakers all over. Its madness. I went back to 2.1 audio on a Peachtree Nova and never looked back.

  31. MrPhantom217 Author

    Im currently running an LG Oled C6P with a Yamaha RX-V377 in a smaller room of my home. I initially ran my 4k hdmi cables to passthrough my 4k player and 4k hdr tv. The Rxv377 states that it supports 4k passthrough but unfortunately when I've tried 4k disc or Dolby vision content on my Netflix tv app or my 4k player, it sends a code that 4khdr isn't supported. What Yamaha if any can I use my Oled 4khdr and 4k player that will let me view in 4khdr and dolby vision?

  32. Dave Hill Author

    ya I went and bought a Yamaha rxv 1085 cause techno dad said was a good unit. Works great, but now do I have to by the 3070 to keep up with the Jones's?

  33. hababacon Author

    I went with Denon AVR X3500 after considering the X4500 on sale. The X3500 is a well balanced receiver that really drives the rear channels better than my old Sony STR 1070 receiver. I love my 1070 but it couldn't or wouldn't pass Dolby Vision through and only a handful of HDMI ports were enhanced. Also the 1070 didn't support native 120hz which my LG C8 supports at 1080P. Overall great buy, the sound is not as bass heavy as Sony but quality is better and it support features my old Sony lacked.

  34. VetteTTV12 Author

    Why is everyone in the comments so hung up on wattage with AVR's? Just buy separates or a dedicated amp for the main speakers if you honestly need the power. AVR's are a convenience package and NOT a true audiophile sound system. Really wish people would understand this. It's like buying fancy luxury sports car with wimpy engine. The car was made to look nice and feel good, not deliver crazy performance; that costs extra.

  35. thomas hernandez Author

    Yamaha receivers have a great DAC I have a 5.1 Yamaha receiver that sounds fantastic the DAC converts digital to analog then to the stereo speakers that's how they get such great sound audio always sounds better through the speaker wire in analog then digital


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