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Yamaha YHT-298 vs Onkyo HT-S5400


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#1 of 16 OFFLINE   vvmanyam

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Posted September 21 2012 - 09:47 PM

Hi friends.. I am planning to buy one of the above two models.. when I compare these two .. I find Onkyo has 7.1 speakers & Yamaha has 5.1 but I am fine with 5.1 system but I am not an expert to compare the receivers.. so, can somebody help in comparing them. Thanks, Balu

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Posted September 22 2012 - 02:00 AM

Well it is the Yamaha RX-V473, which is available separately. The Onkyo uses the HT-R590, which is not available separate...but is related to the HT-RC360 minus the networking(if it were available separate...which Onkyo does, some years, offer the HTiB receivers separately...it would have been the HT-RC350). It is also last years. The new one is the 5500. So, the essential differences... Yamaha gets YPAO, which wins over the Aud 2EQ the Onkyo has. (YPAO however does not win if you move up the Onkyo line to a receiver with Multi-EQ) The Yamaha also has networking (which you'd get by moving up to the 6500 Onkyo) The Onkyo is more configurable for the day you replace the hideous speakers it came with(this "hideous" also applies to the Yamaha speakers) Onkyo gives you DPL IIz(read up on it) But... It isn't fair to compare these two. The 298 should be compared against the 6500. And then it matters if the extra features the 6500 has is worth the $100.

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Posted September 22 2012 - 05:48 AM

Thanks for all your updates... just one question.. You said Onkyo can be upgraded.. But can't RX-V473 be upgraded later on with High end Speakers??

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Posted September 22 2012 - 05:48 AM

Thanks for all your updates... just one question.. You said Onkyo can be upgraded.. But can't RX-V473 be upgraded later on with High end Speakers??

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Posted September 22 2012 - 06:09 AM

I said "more configurable"...(and I should expound on that)... Yamaha (along with Pioneer/Elite and a few others) use one crossover. Arguably YPAO is the best auto room correct there is(Trinnov and Anthem's version notwithstanding). But, YPAO is best(and is meant to work with) identical speakers. So, when the day comes to replace the 5 speakers you got...buy 5 "same size" speakers(meaning 2 pairs of the same thing and the center). Onkyo (along with its sister brand Integra...as well as Denon/Marantz, HK, Anthem and a few others) uses multiple crossovers. So you can buy tower fronts and bookshelf rears. So...upgrading your speakers "later on" is easier to do with the Onkyo. But YPAO is still the better room correction. So you have the trade-off...

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Posted September 23 2012 - 10:02 PM

Thanks for detailed explanation Having read ur comments, have decided to go with YHT-298 or YHT-296.. as these are lot cheaper than onkyo 5400 I see both Receiver configurations looks almost same except 4K pass though & USB available in YHT-298 What is this 4K Pass .. How much is this helpful?

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Posted September 24 2012 - 02:27 AM

4K pass-through is meaningless for the next 5 years(at least) and 100 years at a price anybody would be willing to pay. There is no 4K content. Nobody has any clue how to create any. OTA(which cable/Sat is based on) will be 720P/1080I for the next 100 years. Blu Ray won't be capable of it. Internet speeds capable of providing it will need to be 10 times faster than they are now. And put it this way... "Creating" 4K from 1080P...??? 480I to 1080P is 1/4 of the jump that 1080P to 4K is. So "scaling it" (which that is "already out there") is already a big ZZZzzzzzZZZZZzzzzzzZZZZZZzzzzz Edit: By the way. All "pass through" means is, it won't do anything to a 4K signal and pass it through. It is a meaningless "spec". There will be many HDMI 1.3 receivers capable of the same thing and even a few HDMI 1.2 capable of the same thing. HDMI 1.4 and 3D is the "same basic thing". It is "required" that 1.4 be "fast enough" to not affect the signal from source to display. That is it. Most HDMI 1.3 receivers(that weren't low end units) when paired with a BD player and a display passed the 3D along just fine. The issue was/is, HDMI 1.3 isn't REQUIRED to be able to pass 3D. When 3D (and when/if 4K comes along) arrived I told numerous clients to check their 1.3 before "just buying" a 1.4. Considering most of the people I consult on HT have $1200+ AVR and/or separates...roughly 50% of the AVR/Pre-Pro I've encountered could pass 3D just fine. I expect the same for 4K. Why? 3D and 4K are video specs, why would an AVR care about a video spec? What matters is if you bought something where the AVR manufacturer cared to put quality stuff in it.

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Posted September 24 2012 - 10:01 PM

I found this forum really help full. I am glad to see such a detailed note. Thanks for everything. Buying YHT-296 today.

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Posted September 25 2012 - 02:26 AM

hi , i am also evaluatin the same systems.... onkyo 3500 and yht 298 my requirement is 60 % movies and 40 % music... please suggest

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Posted September 29 2012 - 06:09 AM

Onkyo 3500 doesn't even have an active woofer.. YHT 298 is better in every aspect I know.. I bought this last week and its wonderfull..

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Posted September 29 2012 - 06:11 AM

Sorry I bought YHT 296.. Any how they both have almost same features..

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Posted December 06 2012 - 07:45 PM

planning to buy yamaha 298/296 confused , i feel usb play is necessary , is it worth to buy 298 for 33000/- need your review on 296 any features of networking ?

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Posted December 06 2012 - 08:09 PM

296 is pretty good.. and I got it for 26000/- in Hypercity. 298 USB doesn't play videos.. It supports only few audio formats (not 100% sure). Its not worth buying even 298 if you are really want an USB which plays everything. But I would say buy a WD media player & YHT 296 ... which you will almost cost 33,000 or little less and can play all videos and audio.. Networking.. I don't have much idea in 296.. but Media Player has that option..

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Posted December 14 2012 - 02:23 AM

plz help me onkyo 3500(Rs.26500/-) and yamaha 298(Rs. 32000/-) which one is better.......

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Posted December 14 2012 - 04:51 AM

surely Yamaha.. go for 296 .. you get it for same 26,500..

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Posted August 15 2013 - 10:49 AM

I am planing to buy yamaha 298 but i am afraid from my living room size and doors entries. i have large 350 square feet room with 6 entries of doors.should i purchase this htib or look anything else? plz plz plz plz reply, nobody is answering my question on any forum. :-(






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