Yamaha Aventage RX-A3060 A/V Receiver Review

Audio Performance
PRICE $2,200

Nine amp channels, 11.2 (7.2.4) pre-outs
Automated angle and height calibration
No Auro-3D

Yamaha’s new flagship receiver packs nine amp channels into a well-built package.

Buying an A/V receiver has always been a challenge, even to the well informed. Incoming technologies add still more complexity. Sometimes, however, they also generate new priorities and narrow your choices. Sure, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X require you to add more speakers and make your system more elaborate. But if you want to run those formats in their most effectively enveloping configurations, your shopping expedition for a receiver has suddenly become a lot simpler.

Within Yamaha’s Aventage line, the RX-A3060 reviewed here, with its nine onboard amps and 11.2-channel processing, is the only model that can run the new height-enhanced surround formats in 7.2.4 channels; only an outboard stereo amp is required to complete the setup. If your goal is a mere 5.2.4 channels, eliminating the back-surrounds but keeping the four height channels, you have this and one additional choice, the RX-A2060 ($1,700), also with nine amplifiers built in, but without the upgradeability to 7.2.4.

The Smarter Stepper-Upper
The RX-A3060 is the flagship model in Yamaha’s higher-end Aventage line, rated at 150 watts into 8 ohms with two channels driven. In past reviews, I’ve discussed the vibration-controlling H-frame construction, separate power supplies for digital and analog circuits, and other build-quality features that account for some of the high-end price tag. This is the best receiver Yamaha knows how to build.

Ever in search of something new, I couldn’t help noting that this is the first receiver I’ve reviewed that includes angle and height measurements of speaker positions, in addition to distance, in its room correction program. Yamaha’s YPAO offers it as an option that can be used or ignored while you set up the receiver. As Yamaha explains: “By using a quad-point microphone platform for the room calibration, the YPAO system can precisely identify where each speaker in the room is located in relation to the listener, both horizontally and vertically. Without angle and height measurement, the system can pinpoint only distance from the listener, with no data on where the speaker is. By knowing the horizontal angle and vertical height of the loudspeakers, the receiver can more accurately map or place object-based sound elements into the 3D space of the room.”

If you want the full setup, you’ll first be directed to do the usual measurements for one or more seating positions, with the setup mic mounted (ideally) on a tripod at ear height. Then you remove the mic from the tripod, attach the quad-point platform (which looks like a three-legged starfish) to the tripod, and take additional measurements with the microphone attached to one leg then the next. For the final measurement, attach an included column to the center of the platform, which when you place the mic on top, raises it about 8 inches. The program ran uneventfully except for claiming (incorrectly) that my front left height speaker was wired out of phase. My best guess is that the acoustic irregularities of my six-sided room and asymmetrical speaker placement confused YPAO.


Another unusual feature is Yamaha’s own MusicCast multiroom system. It allows any of the receiver’s sources—including phono, FM, and Bluetooth-connected devices—to be streamed to other MusicCast devices, including standalone wireless speakers, AVRs, stereo amps, HTIBs, soundbars, and powered monitors.

Of course, this receiver is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirPlay capable and supports Spotify, Spotify Connect, Pandora, Rhapsody, and SiriusXM streaming services. And your flagship-receiver bucks will buy four zones of joy. On the video side, this model is Ultra HD capable, including HDCP 2.2 DRM for Ultra HD Blu-ray and incorporating HDR10 (but not Dolby Vision) support.

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mhdaniels31's picture

This is starting to seem like a regular acurance post a review then no bench test for a week or two I see the graph so someone must have done the work already so why the wait

Bob Ankosko's picture
Apologies for the delay.
mhdaniels31's picture

Didn't expect the rx-a3060 to have less power then last years rx-a2050 mind you its not huge but its definitely there and this time yamaha cant blame there protection systems (by the way im a yamaha fan) but its starting to make me wonder if this is the start of the decline of yamaha aventage systems there lower model aventage systems are already showing less power then there V series

JROSEN007's picture

These receiver companies are beginning to irritate me with this stuff. Yamaha rates this as a 9x150, yet the test bench results show 7x(low 50's)????? Although the costlier $3500 Anthem MRX 1120 tests show 5 channels run in the 70's for wattage when their specs say 5x140 plus 6x60 (based on running 2 channels). Many more examples out there..... I know exact wattage does not necessarily correlate to good sound, but these manufacturers need to rate this stuff accurately. What if the food we ate came with such leeway in listing ingredients or nutritional value???????

Mrsnikoph78's picture

Ditto - I'd love to see all of the other measurements. It is difficult to compare models without them, and of course I am sure this Yamaha is outstanding.

music first's picture

Hello, I am in the market for one of these receivers and wanted to know your take on the sound quality between the 3060, the Marantz 7011, or the Anthem 1120. Is the 2 channel performance of the Anthem much better than the Yamaha 3060? Thanks for any guidance you might provide.

Philt56's picture

I'm confused. You say it supports HDR10 but not Dolby vision. So if I have a bluray player like the Oppo203 which will support both formats in the future and I connect it to the receive. I then use hdmi out from the receiver to a 4k tv that supports both. Are you saying that receiver will not be able to pass thru Dolby vision from the bluray to the tv? I assumed 4k capable receivers would just pass the video through and not have to do any processing or care which HDR format it is.

Am I wrong about this? I've never read anything about 4k receivers caring which HDR is in use.

mhdaniels31's picture

unless the receiver bluray player and tv all have dolby's hdr chip it will not play dolby vision so you would have to bypass the receiver and plug your new oppo into the tv directly but from my understanding oppo plans to have two hdmi outs so you can use one for audio to the receiver and one to the tv for picture by the way any dolbyvision disc will still have the hdr10 metadata written underneath so you'll still be able to recieve hdr if you chose only do a single cable connection as of now its just streaming services using dolby vision so with audio return it hasnt been a problem yet thats really been adddressed but like you said several companies are going to release dolby vision hdr blurays this year so its your choice how you choose to set up your system but based on tv specs as of this moment(and i do mean the premium models) i would say you would have a really hard time seeing the difference between hdr10 and dolbyvision as of right now so i wouldnt stress so much about it since all uhd discs have the hdr10 metadata including the dolbyvision ones its the rule that was implemented and all uhd discs have to follow it so even if it says its a dolbyvision disc it will also be an hdr10 disc as well maybe it will start to really matter when tvs put out 3000nits of light output and use a 12 bit pannel but as of now the best tvs are only 10bit and just break 1000nits so thats going to make it really hard to tell the difference between dolbyvision and hdr10 now when it comes to streaming online i think thats where it matters most due to dolbys dynamic metadata adjustment based on download speeds which allow it to make quick changes to adjust thats where i see dolbyvision really mattering in the next couple of years

Philt56's picture

Ok, I see that now. I guess there was the same issue for passing 3d thru the receiver vs having a second output from the player to the tv.

It was just that I never heard anything about hdr being something the receiver had to support until I read this article. Anthem replied to my email to them and also said the same, adding there wasn't much out there using DV yet.

I'm a software guy and I thought there would be a way to just strip the video signal out of a hdmi input stream and pass it thru unchanged to the output port but I guess the protocol really can't allow you to do that. The receiver does need to look at the audio signal encoding because it really has to decode it and send it to the audio channels. But really, the receiver does not need to do anything with video unless it was going to do stuff like enhance it, but most don't.

Im just disappointed that some time in the future people are going to have go thru this all over again if they want to keep everything centralized to their receiver as a switching unit and minimize cables to the tv.

mhdaniels31's picture

almost a month and counting you've already posted the new onkyo 1100 that came out today and still no yamaha specs where they that bad for a flagship receiver that you had to hide them the rx-a2050 had decent specs i almost wonder if the 3060 were worse so they werent posted