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RobertSchaez

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When buying a receiver, how much of the decision is based purely on the sound? 100%? 80%? 75%? How much on ease of use? For instance, I'v got to admit, I never bothered to listen to Denon because I hated using it in the shop. Not to pick on them, but I couldn't read the tiny display from my seating distance, slow response time from buttons, no visual way to "follow" source selection to find source I was looking for, no A/B speaker switch, etc. I also heard reliablilty was inconsistent. I ended up getting a Yamaha, which, ergonomically, seemed easier for my tiny brain to use. I've tried comparing it to my old Onkyo integrated amp on music (using headphones), and to me, the Onkyo sounds a little better, the Yamaha a little flat and dry. I guess I wish I had listened a little more to the other receivers. It was just a little tough since doing a true A/B comparison is difficult even when a shop uses a switcher to compare two sources on the same speakers. While I sure as heck want the thing to sound good, is there that much difference between receiver brands (not between receivers and separates) at a given price point to justify settling for poor ergonomics? I still think that the day to day ease of use definately counts in the decision (remotes notwithstanding since you can replace those) . What do you guys and gals think? :)
 

John Garcia

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That determination is up to YOU. I do base my decision mostly on sound (80-90% I'd say). Equipment is a very personal choice.
 

Jed M

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That is a hard question. I usually narrow it down to a couple items after doing some serious research and if I can't tell a difference between the few I like, I usually base my decision on discrete codes or something shallow like appearance. For the most part I let the quality dictate what I buy and if that still is not enough I will move to cosmetics and ease. When buying for my parents I would say I am about 50/50 since even switching inputs is considered a challenge in that household. :)
 

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