Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 Review and Specs
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Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 (Australian version)

SCORE:
88

Highlights

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

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Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 Overview

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 was introduced in 2014 and represented a flagship model of the manufacturer. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier and is capable of 11.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 88 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

AMPLIFIER
97
VIDEO FEATURES
79
AUDIO FEATURES
82
CONNECTIVITY
91
MULTIZONE
97
MISCELLANEOUS
76
RADIO
89
OVERALL
88

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 video signal passthrough and 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...

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040.

PROS
Certified 4 โ„ฆ Performance ๐Ÿ‘
Bi-amp Capability ๐Ÿ‘
Many Channel Processing ๐Ÿ‘
Dolby Atmos ๐Ÿ‘
Dolby TrueHD ๐Ÿ‘
Dolby Digital Plus ๐Ÿ‘
Dolby Pro Logic ๐Ÿ‘
Dolby Digital EX ๐Ÿ‘
DTS Neo ๐Ÿ‘
DTS-HD Master Audio ๐Ÿ‘
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio ๐Ÿ‘
DTS 96/24 ๐Ÿ‘
DTS Express ๐Ÿ‘
DTS-ES ๐Ÿ‘
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network ๐Ÿ‘
Gapless Playback ๐Ÿ‘
DSD via HDMI ๐Ÿ‘
Dialog Level Adjustment ๐Ÿ‘
Dialog Normalization ๐Ÿ‘
Dialogue Lift ๐Ÿ‘
Compressed Music Enhancer ๐Ÿ‘
High-resolution Music Enhancer ๐Ÿ‘
Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) ๐Ÿ‘
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. ๐Ÿ‘
3-D Ready ๐Ÿ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough ๐Ÿ‘
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling ๐Ÿ‘
Analog To HDMI Upconversion ๐Ÿ‘
MHL Input ๐Ÿ‘
DLNA 1.5 ๐Ÿ‘
Ethernet ๐Ÿ‘
Wi-Fi ๐Ÿ‘
Bluetooth ๐Ÿ‘
New HDCP Version ๐Ÿ‘
Many HDMI Inputs ๐Ÿ‘
USB Input ๐Ÿ‘
Many Analog Audio Line Inputs ๐Ÿ‘
Phono Input ๐Ÿ‘
Composite Video Inputs ๐Ÿ‘
Composite Video Outputs ๐Ÿ‘
Component Video Inputs ๐Ÿ‘
Component Video Outputs ๐Ÿ‘
Multi-Channel Input ๐Ÿ‘
Analog Pre-Outs ๐Ÿ‘
Zones ๐Ÿ‘
Detachable Power Cord ๐Ÿ‘
Analog Tuner ๐Ÿ‘
Spotify ๐Ÿ‘
Napster ๐Ÿ‘
SiriusXM Internet Radio ๐Ÿ‘
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Dolby Surround Upmixer ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No DTS:X ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No DTS Neural:X ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No DTS Virtual:X ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No DTS Dialog Control ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No HDR10 ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No HDR10+ ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No BT.2020 color space ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Dolby Vision ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Chromecast Built-In ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Does Not Work with SONOS ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No eARC ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Pandora ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Tidal ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Deezer ๐Ÿ‘Ž

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 to its predecessor RX-A3030 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030
Dolby Atmos โœ” up to 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 or 7.1.4 with external amp โœ–
Gapless Playback โœ” โœ–
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System โœ” YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with 3D, Multipoint and Angle measurement) โœ” YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with Multipoint and Angle measurement)
Wi-Fi โœ” with Wireless Direct โœ” via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately)

DOWNGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030
Analog to Analog Video conversion โœ– โœ” (Component**, S-Video, Composite) to (Component, S-Video, Composite)
Less Optical Inputs 3 4 (1 front)
Less Component Video Inputs 3 4

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A3030.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 has 9 channel amplifier and delivers 150 W (8 โ„ฆ, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 โ„ฆ load.


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling up to 60p.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 supports Dolby Atmos. It can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audioโ„ข codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 features 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.


Room Correction

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 comes with[y] YPAO (R.S.C. with 3D, Multipoint and Angle measurement) room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices[y] via YBA-11 adapter (included). The Receiver supports[y] AirPlay. It has 8 HDMI inputs and 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 (barter to Zone 2 and Zone 3) channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

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

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040.

BASICS
BrandYamaha
SeriesAventage
ModelRX-A3040
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryAustralia
Release Year2014
AMPLIFIER
Channels9.2
Front Wide Channel Supportโœ–
THXโ„ข Certificationโœ–
Continuous 6 โ„ฆ Ratedโœ”
Certified 4 โ„ฆ Performanceโœ”
Bi-amp Capabilityโœ”
AUDIO
Surround:AIโ„ขโœ–
DACESS SABRE32โ„ขUltra (ES9016) + ESS SABREโ„ขPremier (ES9006)
Maximum Channel Processing11.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationโœ–
Dolby Atmosโœ” up to 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 or 7.1.4 with external amp
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationโœ–
Dolby TrueHDโœ”
Dolby Digital Plusโœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerโœ–
Dolby Pro Logicโœ” PLIIx
Dolby Digital EXโœ”
DTS:Xโœ–
DTS Neural:Xโœ–
DTS Virtual:Xโœ–
DTS Neoโœ” Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audioโœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioโœ”
DTS 96/24โœ”
DTS Expressโœ”
DTS-ESโœ” Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhancedโœ–
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixerโœ–
PCMโœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Networkโœ” up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBโœ–
Gapless Playbackโœ”
DSD via HDMIโœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converterโœ–
USB DACโœ–
Jitter Reductionโœ” Time Domain Jitter Eliminator in SABRE32 and Ultra low jitter PLL circuitry in SABRE
DTS Dialog Controlโœ–
Dialog Level Adjustmentโœ”
Dialog Normalizationโœ”
Dialogue Liftโœ” no presence speakers required
Compressed Music Enhancerโœ”
High-resolution Music Enhancerโœ”
Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)โœ”
Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Settingโœ”
Audyssey Dynamic EQโœ–
Audyssey Dynamic Volumeโœ–
Audyssey LFCโœ–
Audyssey Sub EQ HTโœ–
Audyssey DSXโœ–
Straight Decoding Modeโœ”
Pure Direct Modeโœ” with Video On mode
CINEMA DSPโœ” HD3
DSP Programs23
SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSPโœ”
Virtual Speakersโœ”
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.โœ” YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with 3D, Multipoint and Angle measurement)
YPAO Volumeโœ”
PEQ for SUBDown to 31 Hz
VIDEO
Video Signal TypePAL
Video Signal Format (Video Covnersion)NTSC/PAL
HDR10โœ–
HDR10+โœ–
Dynamic HDRโœ–
BT.2020 color spaceโœ–
Dolby Visionโœ–
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)โœ–
Quick Media Switching (QMS)โœ–
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-throughโœ–
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)โœ–
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)โœ–
3-D Readyโœ”
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscalingโœ” up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Analog To HDMI Upconversionโœ” Component****, Composite
Component Video Upscalingโœ–
Analog to Analog Video conversionโœ–
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p
Video Parameter Adjustmentsโœ”
isf Certified Calibration Controlโœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputโœ”
DLNA 1.5โœ”
FireConnectโœ–
FlareConnectโœ–
MusicCastโœ–
Chromecast Built-Inโœ–
DTS Play-Fiโœ–
Works with Amazon Alexaโœ–
Works with SONOSโœ–
AirPlayโœ” AirPlay
Apple Product Connectionโœ” iPod, iPhone and iPad via front USB
Remote Appโœ” (iPhone / iPad, Androidโ„ข phone / tablet, Kindle Fireโ„ข)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueโœ–
Ethernetโœ”
Ethernet Switchโœ–
Wi-Fiโœ” with Wireless Direct
Bluetoothโœ” via YBA-11 adapter (included)
HDBaseT Compatibleโœ–
Enhanced ARCโœ–
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Input8 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for Sub/Zone2/ZONE4)
USB InputiPodยฎ / iPhoneยฎ / iPadยฎ, USB memory, portable audio player
USB DC Out Portโœ” (USB DC output 5 V / 0.5 amp)
Analog Audio Line Input9 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Output1
Phono Inputโœ”
Optical In3
Optical Out1
Coaxial In/Out3 / โœ–
Composite Video Input5 (1 front)
Composite Video Output2
S-Video Inputโœ–
S-Video Outputโœ–
Component Video Input3
Component Video Output1
PC Inโœ–
Multi-Channel Inputโœ” 7.1
Analog Pre-Outs11.2 (barter to Zone 2 and Zone 3)
XLR Inputsโœ–
XLR Pre-outsโœ–
Front A/V InputsHDMI (MHL support), USB, analog audio, composite
Speaker A/Bโœ–
Headphone Outโœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones4
Powered ZonesZone 2 / 3
Zone 2HDMI, Component, Composite, Line Out
Zone 3 OutsComponent, Composite, Line out
Zone 4 OutsHDMI
Zone B Video Outputโœ” HDMI
Zone GUIโœ”
RS-232โœ”
+12V Trigger Outputโœ” (2)
Remote (IR) Input/Output2 / 2
Party Modeโœ”
MISC
On-Screen DisplayGraphical user interface
SCENESCENE PLUS (12 sets)
Web Browser Controlโœ”
PreAmp Modeโœ–
Remote Controllerโœ” (preset)
Detachable Power Cordโœ”
dockportโœ–
RADIO
Analog Tunerโœ” FM/AM
Presets40
Digital Radioโœ–
Internet Radioโœ” vTuner
Pandoraโœ–
Spotifyโœ”
Tidalโœ–
Deezerโœ–
Napsterโœ”
SiriusXM Internet Radioโœ”
CONSTRUCTION
A.R.T. Wedgeโœ”
Speaker Terminals11
Large Speaker Terminals11
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsโœ–
Gold plated RCA terminalsโœ–
POWER
Power SupplyAC 240 V, 50 Hz
Power Consumption490 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionโœ”
Auto Power Standbyโœ”
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 192 mm x 467 mm (with antenna: 435 mm x 252 mm x 474 mm)
17-1/8" x 7-1/2" x 18-3/8" (with antenna: 17-1/8" x 9-7/8" x 18-5/8")
Weight18.1 kg (39.9 lbs)
Warranty3 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 โ„ฆ, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2150 W (0.06% THD)
Power Output (8 โ„ฆ, 1 kHz, 2165 W (0.9% THD)
Rated Power Output (8 โ„ฆ, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)185 W (0.9% THD)
Maximum Effective Output Power (8 โ„ฆ, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven, JEITA)230 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (4 โ„ฆ, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)230 W (0.9% THD, Front)
Dynamic Power per Channel (2410 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 โ„ฆ, Front)295 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (6 โ„ฆ, Front)220 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 โ„ฆ, Front)175 W
THD0.04% (MULTI CH INPUT to Speaker Out, Pure Direct, 70 W, 8 โ„ฆ)
THD (Phono)0.02% (Phono to AV OUT)
Damping Factor150 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 โ„ฆ)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kโ„ฆ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)3.5 mV/47 kโ„ฆ
Maximum Input Sensitivity (Line)2.4 V
Maximum Input Sensitivity (Phono)60 mV
Rated Preout Level and Impedance1.0 V/1.2 kโ„ฆ
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance200 mV/1.2 kโ„ฆ (AV OUT)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)110 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)95 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+0/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz)
Residual Noise (IHF-A Network)150 ยตV (Speaker Out)
Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (LINE)75 dB/60 dB
Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (PHONO)75 dB/60 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 โ„ฆ (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 โ„ฆ (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 โ„ฆ (Composite)
Video Maximum Input1.5 Vp-p
Video Frequency Response5 Hz to 100 MHz, ยฑ3 dB (Component)
Video S/N Ratio60 dB
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 b/g/n
HDMI Input/MHL Terminal5 V, 1 A
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5 V, 2.1 A
FM Frequency87.50 MHz - 108.00 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 3 ยตV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 71 dB/ 70 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%
AM Frequency531 MHz - 1611 MHz

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

Successor

In 2015 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 was replaced by RX-A3050. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A3050 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040
Dolby Surround Upmixer โœ” โœ–
DTS:X โœ” up to 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 or 7.1.4 with external amp via firmware update โœ–
DTS Neural:X โœ” via firmware update โœ–
HDR10 โœ” โœ–
MusicCast โœ” โœ–
Works with Amazon Alexa โœ” on MusicCast (Voice control using your Alexa device like Echo, Dot, Tap and Show) โœ–
Bluetooth โœ” โœ” via YBA-11 adapter (included)

DOWNGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A3050 Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040
MHL Input โœ– โœ”
Less Analog Audio Line Inputs 8 (1 front) 9 (1 front)
Less Analog Audio Line Outputs โœ– 1
Less Optical Outputs โœ– 1
Less Composite Video Outputs 1 2
Multi-Channel Input โœ– โœ” 7.1
Napster โœ– โœ”

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A3050 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040.

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