– 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 gearlive.com 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
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watching I’m Andru Edwards and I’ll catch you in the next video. (elated music)