Yamaha RX-A3030 vs Yamaha RX-A3020 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
59
SCORE:
55

Disclosure: We earn money from the affiliate links to products associated with content in this article.

Overview

Here we are comparing Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 to Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. Both receivers have 9 channel and equally powerful amplifiers.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Highlights

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020 Highlights

  • 9.2 channels
  • 150 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • MHL, AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs
  • 9.2 channels
  • 150 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • USB and Phono inputs

We have evaluated both receivers. Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020

AMPLIFIER
86
VIDEO FEATURES
32
AUDIO FEATURES
31
CONNECTIVITY
68
MULTIZONE
89
MISCELLANEOUS
45
RADIO
76
OVERALL
59
AMPLIFIER
86
VIDEO FEATURES
18
AUDIO FEATURES
30
CONNECTIVITY
64
MULTIZONE
89
MISCELLANEOUS
45
RADIO
63
OVERALL
55

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 over Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 over Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020.

Only Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 supports Spotify.

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz up to 96 kHz
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) up to 4K
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) HQV Vida
MHL Input
Bluetooth via optional YBA-11 adapter (sold separately)
Spotify

Common Strengths of Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 and Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 and Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020 share common strengths such as DLNA 1.5 support, ethernet connection, wi-fi, phono input, analog multi-channel input, analog pre-outs, internet radio, Pandora and SiriusXM.

STRENGTHS Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
Many Channel Processing 11.1 11.1
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) up to 4K
DLNA 1.5
Ethernet
Wi-Fi via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately) via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately)
New HDCP Version 2.2 2.2
Many HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) 8 (1 front)
USB Input iPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player (MP3, WMA, AAC up to 48 kHz / 16-bit, FLAC / WAV up to 192 kHz / 24-bit) iPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player
Many Analog Audio Line Inputs 9 (1 front) 9 (1 front)
Phono Input
Composite Video Inputs 5 (1 front) 5 (1 front)
Component Video Inputs 4 4
Multi-Channel Input 7.1 7.1
Analog Pre-Outs 11.2 11.2
Zones 4 4
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
SiriusXM Internet Radio

Common Weaknesses of Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 and Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 and Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020 share common weaknesses such as no front wide channel support, no Dolby Atmos support, no DTS:X support, no Auro3D support, no HDR10, no Dolby Vision, no ChromeCast, no DTS Play-Fi, no Amazon Alexa, no SONOS, no Tidal and no Deezer.

WEAKNESSES Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
No Front Wide Channel Support
No Dolby Atmos
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
No DTS:X
No DTS Neural:X
No DTS Virtual:X
No IMAX Enhanced
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
No DTS Dialog Control
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume
No Audyssey LFC
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT
No HDR10
No HDR10+
No Dynamic HDR
No Dolby Vision
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
No VRR
No QFT
No FireConnect
No FlareConnect
No MusicCast
No Chromecast Built-In
No DTS Play-Fi
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
Does Not Work with SONOS
No eARC
No Tidal
No Deezer

Selected Features

Amplifier

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 and Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020 have 9 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 150 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and have stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 supports 4K passthrough up to 60p and Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020 supports 4K passthrough up to 30p. Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 can do 4K upscaling up to 60p and Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020 can do 1080p upscaling.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 and Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020 feature Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) which automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialog and vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials, and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening, when you do not want to disturb others.


Connectivity


Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately). It can also connect to bluetooth devices via optional YBA-11 adapter (sold separately). The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 7.1 multi-channel analog inputs and 11.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI (MHL support), USB, analog audio, optical and composite inputs.

Image cannot be found Image cannot be found

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately). The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 7.1 multi-channel analog inputs and 11.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI, USB, analog audio, optical and composite inputs.

Image cannot be found Image cannot be found

Detailed Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 and here - Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020.

BASICS Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
BrandYamahaYamaha
SeriesAventageAventage
ModelRX-A3030RX-A3020
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryCanadaCanada
Release Year20132012
AMPLIFIER Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
Channels9.29.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
Surround:AI™
DACESS SABRE32™Ultra (ES9016) + ESS SABRE™Premier (ES9006)Burr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing11.111.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIx PLIIx
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6 Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLACMP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz up to 96 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBWAV, FLACWAV, FLAC
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction Time Domain Jitter Eliminator in SABRE32 and Ultra low jitter PLL circuitry in SABRE Ultra low jitter PLL circuitry
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift no presence speakers required no presence speakers required
Compressed Music Enhancer (high-resolution) (high-resolution)
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)
Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Setting
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Straight Decoding Mode
Pure Direct Mode with Video On mode with video on mode
CINEMA DSP HD3 HD3
DSP Programs2323
SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSP
Virtual Speakers (includes virtual rear)
CALIBRATION Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with Multipoint and Angle measurement) YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with Multipoint and Angle measurement)
YPAO Volume
PEQ for SUBDown to 31 HzDown to 31 Hz
VIDEO Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
Video Signal TypeNTSCNTSC
Video Signal Format (Video Covnersion)NTSC/PALNTSC/PAL
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0)up to 4K
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) HQV Vida
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component****, S-Video, Composite Component****, S-Video, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion (Component**, S-Video, Composite) to (Component, S-Video, Composite) (Component**, S-Video, Composite) to (Component, S-Video, Composite)
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p1080p
Video Parameter Adjustments (with variable parameters) (With variable parameters)
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
MusicCast
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App (iPhone / iPad, Android™ phone / tablet, Kindle Fire™) (iPhone / iPad, Android™ phone / tablet, Kindle Fire™ )
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately) via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetooth via optional YBA-11 adapter (sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)8 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for Sub/Zone2/ZONE4)2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for Sub/Zone2/ZONE4)
USB InputiPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player (MP3, WMA, AAC up to 48 kHz / 16-bit, FLAC / WAV up to 192 kHz / 24-bit)iPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player
USB DC Out Port (USB DC output 5 V / 0.5 amp) (USB DC output 5 V / 0.5 amp)
Analog Audio Line Inputs9 (1 front)9 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputs11
Phono Input
Optical Inputs4 (1 front)4 (1 front)
Optical Outputs11
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs3 / No3 / No
Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)5 (1 front)
Composite Video Outputs22
S-Video Inputs44
S-Video Outputs22
Component Video Inputs44
Component Video Outputs11
PC In
Multi-Channel Input 7.1 7.1
Analog Pre-Outs11.211.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI (MHL support), USB, analog audio, optical, compositeHDMI, USB, analog audio, optical, composite
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
Zones44
Powered ZonesZone 2 / 3Zone 2 / 3
Zone 2 OutsHDMI, Component, Composite, Line OutHDMI, Component, Composite, Line Out
Zone 3 OutsComponent, Composite, Line OutComponent, Composite, Line Out
Zone 4 OutsHDMIHDMI
Zone B Video Output HDMI HDMI
Zone GUI
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output (2) (2)
Remote (IR) Input/Output2 / 22 / 2
Party Mode
MISC Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
On-Screen DisplayGraphical user interfaceGraphical user interface
SCENESCENE PLUS (12 sets)SCENE PLUS (12 sets)
Web Control
PreAmp Mode
Remote Controller (Preset, learning, macro, full LED backlight) (Preset, learning, macro, full LED backlight)
Detachable Power Cord
dockport
RADIO Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Presets4040
Digital Radio
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
Solid Aluminum FrontAluminumAluminum
A.R.T. Wedge
Speaker Terminals1111
Large Speaker Terminals1111
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption400 W/510 VA400 W/510 VA
Standby Power0.3 W0.3 W
GENERAL Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power Standby
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 192 mm x 467mm
17-1/8" x 7-1/2" x 18-3/8"
435 mm x 192 mm x 467 mm
17-1/8" x 7-1/2" x 18-3/8"
Weight18.2 kg (40.1 lbs)18.2 kg (40.1 lbs)
Warranty3 Years3 Years
SPECS Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)150 W (0.06% THD)150 W (0.06% THD)
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC)165 W (0.9% THD)165 W (0.9% THD)
Rated Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)185 W (0.9% THD)185 W (0.9% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven, JEITA)230 W (10% THD)230 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)230 W (0.9% THD, Front)230 W (0.9% THD, Front)
Dynamic Power per Channel (2 Ω, Front)410 W410 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)295 W295 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (6 Ω, Front)220 W220 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)175 W175 W
THD0.04% (MULTI CH INPUT to Speaker Out, Pure Direct, 70 W, 8 Ω)0.04% (MULTI CH INPUT to Speaker Out, Pure Direct, 70 W, 8 Ω)
THD (Phono)0.02% (PHONO to AV OUT)0.02% (PHONO to AV OUT)
Damping Factor150 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)150 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)3.5 mV/47 kΩ3.5 mV/47 kΩ
Maximum Input Sensitivity (Line)2.4 V2.4 V
Maximum Input Sensitivity (Phono)60 mV60 mV
Rated Preout Level and Impedance1.0 V/1.2 kΩ1.0 V/1.2 kΩ
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance200 mV/1.2 kΩ (AV OUT)200 mV/1.2 kΩ (AV OUT)
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance150 mV/100 Ω150 mV/100 Ω
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB100 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)86 dB86 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+0/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz)+0/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz)
Residual Noise (IHF-A Network)150 µV (Front L/R Speaker Out)150 µV (Front L/R Speaker Out)
Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (LINE)60 dB/45 dB60 dB/45 dB
Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (PHONO)60 dB/55 dB60 dB/55 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y and S-Video Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
0.286 Vp-p/75 Ω (S-Video C)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y and S-Video Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
0.286 Vp-p/75 Ω (S-Video C)
Video Maximum Input1.5 Vp-p1.5 Vp-p
Video Frequency Response5 Hz to 100 MHz, ±3 dB (Component)5 Hz to 100 MHz, ±3 dB (Component)
Video S/N Ratio60 dB60 dB
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5 V, 2.1 AUSB2.0 5 V, 2.1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 72 dB/ 70 dBMono/Stereo: 72 dB/ 70 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.3%/0.5%Mono/Stereo: 0.3%/0.5%
AM Frequency530 MHz - 1710 MHz530 MHz - 1710 MHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

Amazon Affiliate Disclosure

ZKelectronics is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for website owners to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon (.com, .co.uk, .ca, etc) and any other websites that may be affiliated with Amazon Service LLC Associates Program.