- When you're building your (calm music)Dolby Atmos setup one of the maincomponents is your AV receiver.
In this episode I tell you why I chosethe Yamaha Aventage RX-3070for my Dolby Atmos setup.
What's going on Tech Squad?Andru Edwards here here editor-in-chief of gearlive.
comwith my boy this is Techno Dad right here.
- 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 playersand 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 youin here because we are talking about home theater.
We're working towards the ultimate home theater setupand I wanted to bring in an expertbecause even I have questionsabout best ways to set things upand today we're talking about, in particular,the home theater receiver.
- 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 revealbut today we're focusing on the receiver.
Tell me what is it about the receiverthat 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 receiverand 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 unitwhichever-- - Why would you do thisversus just plugging your componentsdirectly into your TV? - Okay let's add.
You got-- - That's what mostpeople do right? - Right.
- They buy their TV.
- 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 canbuy for like $20, $30 not gonna cut itespecially when we're talking about 4K60and 444 colorspace.
- For HDR.
The splitter that you're gonna find in an AV receiveris gonna be a lot higher quality.
It'll have HDR passthrough along withall the specifications you're gonna needfor an awesome home theater setup.
- And, obviously, I mean this is just my guess.
I've never tried it beforebut you're not gonna be able to setupa true surround sound system by exportingthis sound from your TV right?You can do like a sound bar-- - Oh yeah.
- Maybe a sound bar with like a suband maybe virtual surroundbut you're not gonna get true surround soundby plugging component into the TVand then getting a sound out of it.
- For sure for sure.
I definitely think that if you wanta surround sound experienceyou gotta set up speakers around your room.
- If you're doing it do it big.
- Do it real.
- Exactly, so today we'retalking about the receiver that I chose--- Okay.
- For the surround soundsystem.
I reached out to Yamaha.
They were kind enough to send it overfor us to include in the home theaterpackage that we're doingand this one is the Yamaha Aventage RX-3070which 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.
- Uh huh.
You said there was a Dolby Visionupdate coming for it as well if not already.
- [Channa] That's what I heardfrom some Yamaha users already.
- [Andru] Okay, that's nice too.
Eight HDMI inputsso-- - 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 thoughbut 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 componentsthat I'm plugging into it.
It's what's coming out of it.
- For sure.
- We've got a Dolby Atmos 7.
4surround sound system.
- That's right.
- And that is, in fact,is so many speakers that it required an external amp--- Yes.
- To get everything connectedproperly which I didn't even know whatI was doing with this amp (Channa laughing)so tell me about amps real quick.
Why did I need an amp when I havethis receiver that can process 11.
- So when you're looking for an AV receiverespecially for a Dolby Atmos setupyou definitely want to see howmany channels it processesand see how many channels it powers.
- So that's the situation.
Right now-- - So that's twodifferent things? - Correct.
- Two different things, okay?Your AV receiver processes 11 channels--- Okay.
- But powers nine.
- So I can plug in nine speakersand that will get power-- - Right.
- [Andru] It can process two more speakers.
- But cannot power themtherefore there's no way to plug in those two.
- Right and that's why you neededthe external amplifier.
- Okay and the externalamplifier 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.
4 by the waymeans we've got seven surround sound speakers.
- I've got two subwoofers--- Two subs yeah.
- The speakers are all sentover by Klipsch.
Shout out to Klipsch for sending over the speakersand then we've also got the four Atmos modules.
Two on the rear towers and then two up frontand those are pointed at the ceiling.
Another spec that you told me is important to considerwhen buying a receiver that I didn't even know aboutwas watts per channel.
So basically the amount of power it could sendto each individual-- - Speaker.
- Speaker, right.
What does that mean?Why is that important? - Okay pretty much you kind ofwant to know how much wattage is going to a speaker.
When they tell you, you know, it'slet's say it's what is it 150 watts per channelon the Yamaha? - The Yamaha Aventage 3070is 150 watts per channelbut then you said that that's only in stereo.
- In stereo configuration-- - Yeah.
- So not even-- - Not even--- I assume the more you plug inthe less power goes to each? - Exactly.
- Exactly so that does happenso you kind of have to figure that outbecause the manufacturers aren't gonna sayexactly what what's going into what.
They're gonna give you a two channel ratingand it's gonna tell you a two channel ratinginto a certain resistance level which is measured in ohms.
So if you see it's like that weird little circlewith the two little feet.
- Yeah no one knows what thatstuff means.
(Channa laughing)- Well it's like a resistance levellike the higher that numberthe less resistance the speaker will provide.
Like with these Klipsch speakers they're at eight ohmsand if you have a speaker that's at four ohms or two ohmsyou're gonna have to put way more power into it.
- Oh I got you.
- Because it's less efficient.
- So that's something youdefinitely have to look at.
If your speakers are six ohm, four ohm, or two ohmthen you need an amplifier AV receiverthat's gonna have more power output.
- Okay so at 150 watts per channelwhere would you say that fallsas 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 rangeat the 75 to 100watt like their RMS value not a peak.
If you're looking at speakers it's definitelyRMS is the number you want to look at'cause that's your continuous power.
- And it's usually gonna bea lot lower than a peak ratingand it's also a good idea to overpower the speakerjust 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.
- Built-in DAC was anotherthing 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 conversionand basically everything is digital.
You're using all your HDMIs-- - Right.
- That's all digital okay so the ESS Sabre DACis a 32 bit digital audio converterand that takes all your ones and zeros,digital right, turns it into soundto go to the speakers.
- Over the analog wire.
- That's what it doesand the ESS Sabre ones are really goodand for it being built into the Yamaha that's great.
A lot of AV receivers don't have a DACthat's that high quality in you know built in.
- Interesting, so would people buy likean external DAC then? - Yeah you can.
You can spend up to like, you know, $10,000on an external DAC.
- Wow well this ishome theater.
- So we're not spending $10,000 just on a DAC.
- That's crazy.
- But, as you said,the DAC that's built into the receiverthat we chose here is more than sufficientto power the set up that we use.
- Of course.
- Now one other feature on topof everything else we just mentionedabout this receiver is that, since it's Yamaha,it supports Yamaha's MusicCast--- Oh.
- I don't know if you'refamiliar with that.
- No I'm not.
MusicCast is a multi-room streaming audio system.
- Oh okay.
- So the receiver can streamto nine different rooms.
- Yeah so you can play musicand have it streaming to different rooms of your houseall from the receiver wirelessly.
It's a wireless-- - So what do you need speakersfor that like-- - Yeah you could use otherMusicCast speakers or MusicCast modulesthat you plug speakers into.
- I mean you can just spread those around the house--- That's real cool.
- Yeah that's really nicebecause it kind of competes with the Sonoses of the world--- Sure.
- And I mean there'sothers too but Sonos is the big one that--- Right.
- Everyone knows that doesmulti-room.
If you buy this receiver you canjust buy the MusicCast modulesand spread those aroundand then you have multiple roomsthat you can control audio inand they even have an appso 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.
- In the bathroom.
- You need it all over the place.
- I have it in the bathroom.
I have it in the bathroom.
(Channa laughing)- So hey.
- I love it.
- You're showering you need musicbut there you have it.
That is the Yamaha Aventage RX-3070.
You can probably find it for lessif you look at some other resellersbut if you go into the big box stores,Best Buys or what have youexpect to pay$2,000for this receiver.
It sounds great.
We've got the speakers hooked into it.
We're gonna do the next videotalking about that whole speaker configurationand how to get the most out of Dolby Atmosin your home theater.
Thanks a lot for being up in here with me.
- Of course.
- We appreciate it.
- Thank you.
- I appreciate this.
This is awesome.
- I appreciate you droppingthe knowledge on me making me a better home theaterenthusiast 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 thereunderstand the mess with all this extralanguage that you got to deal with.
- Right, right.
Break it down make it simple.
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