This is an odd question so bear with me on this one. I have a Yamaha RX-Z7 (non 3-D) receiver that I purchased early last summer. About 3 months later, Yamaha comes out with Aventage series that is 3D. I currently have a Panasonic Bluray player that has 2 hdmi outputs which still allows hd sound to be sent to the amp, not in analog. But I want to get rid of the annoyance of have to switch everything manually when I want to watch a movie. I have Best Buys service plan and my question is what can I do to the amp which would render it unrepairable? Obviously it would have to be something as to not look like I blatantly destroyed it. If it's deemed unrepairable, Best Buy's plan would cover a replacement. cutting open a power cable, connecting the frayed ends to the amp/speaker outputs and plugging it into an electrical outlet? I don't want to burn the house down
While the Aventage Series is HDMI 1.4, your Z7 is a much more expensive and better built AVR. I would much rather have the stronger Amplifier Stage in the Z Series and having to switch Inputs on just one Source some of the time.
Moreover, with so few 3D Blu-Rays available and the format not really gaining wide adoption, at least 90% of BD's you own or rent are going to be 2D and can be run through the Yamaha without switching TV Inputs. And the 90% figure is quite optimistic as it truly is closer to 99% of BD's being non 3D.
Yamaha's Z Series are truly classics and are simply in another league than even the Aventage A3000/3010. The only advantage to the A3000 is the superior Video Processor (HQV Vida) As the Z7 originally retailed for north of $5000, it should be in another league than the sub $2000 A3000. I suppose if it really bothers you, the Z7 can always be placed for sale on Audiogon, Craigslist, Ebay, and we have a free Classified Subforum as well. I still think it would be a major downgrade for a feature that is doing so poorly in the Home Theater arena that 3D has simply become a value added feature.