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HELP!! Upgrading my YAMAHA a/v receiver...

moving up from my yamaha rx-v995. Looking at rx-v663 or rx-v1800. I have polk t265i in-walls for fronts and center (rc80i in-ceilings for rear) w polk psw-1000 sub. panny 58 720p plasma. 2 37in panny plasmas mounted over 58 (a little ridiculous i know... i'm a big sports fan, and i also have wireless headphones so I can watch something else when my wife is watching estrogen-heavy programming). ps3 and wii are only components for now. room is roughly 20x17... couple questions:

1. will there be an easily noticeable difference in sound quality b/t the 663 and the 1800?

2. is the 663 a step down in SQ from my 995?

3. any other tips given my set up?

THANKS!

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I have the HTR-6160 myself, and think it's a great btfb.

In reply to: HELP!! Upgrading my YAMAHA a/v receiver...

btfb = bang for the buck, limited space for the subject line.

Needless to say, this is basically the equivalent to the RX-V663, and does seem like it's a great model, and did the job for me, decodes HD Master Audio and TrueHD quite well, and does upscale everything to the resolution needed, and does very well outputting audio to my JBL speakers. Pretty much, I'd say go for the 663, since it'll be well worth it, imo, and it'll have just the right amount of audio output and features.

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your first yamaha?

In reply to: I have the HTR-6160 myself, and think it's a great btfb.

i'm willing to pay the additional $ for the 1800 if SQ is noticably better.

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No, this is replacing an older, entry-level Yammy system.

In reply to: your first yamaha?

This is actually replacing an old entry-level Yamaha HTIB that I've had for a couple of years. It's actually an HTR-5930 and a 5.1 Yamaha speaker system that I've had since 2006. However, because of the ever-changing landscape in home theater, I sort of felt it was rather obsolete after a while, so I went for a more "bang for the buck" receiver for around the $500 mark, since I felt that would be pretty futureproof, and then the HTR-6160 was right around that price range, and was more dependable looking than the Onkyo 606, imo. At least the Yammy doesn't need that "breathing room" like the Onkyo would.

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while Onkyo is not Yamaha

In reply to: No, this is replacing an older, entry-level Yammy system.

the 805 is the best deal

although many people probably don't need its amp. OTOH, I bet a lot of people could use its amp.

$100 more gets you:

-An upgrade of a couple of categories in amp section.
-high-end Burr Brown DAC set (same set used in $7,000 Denon pre/pro).
-Audyssey Multi EQ XT.
-Much more flexible bass mgmt.
-Can matrix hi-def bitstream.
-will not clip HDMI video signals whether BTB or WTW for PC users

If heat is a worry, buy a $10 fan. Even if the Onkyo has built in fans. While mine is sitting in an open audio rack, it only has a couple of inches above it, not the 8 or so recommended.

The fans inside the unit have never yet been triggered.

Bigger amps just produce more heat. That's the way it is. Shoot, I knew someone who opted out of his multi thousand $ Pass Labs amp because it heated up the room so much.

The only reason I see going 663 over 805 is if you already have an AV cabinet that cannot possible house its significantly larger size, or cannot handle its significantly greater weight.

(The 805 weighs about 60% more than the 663, and there is very good reason for this: THX Ultra 2 amp).

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opinions on denon v yamaha?

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i'm now looking at the yammy 3800 and the denon 3808....

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ALSO CONSIDER HARMON KARDEN AND NAD A/V/R MODELS

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Riverledge.

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HAHA

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THAT'S THE HORRIBLE TRUTH. MONEY GROWS ON TREES.

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RIGHT???


Oh well,

River.

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In the end the Hitchhikers of the universe...

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