RXV-1300 - Should I buy it to replace Kenwood

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  1. Rajeev_s

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    I have Kenwood 6060 6.1 reciever mated to energy take 5 speakers. The setup sounds excellent.

    I know the yamaha would sound much better than Kenwood. Would it be more powerful than the Yamaha ?
    The yamaha 1300 is available at Tweeter for $550. I was wondering if I should jump on it. This should keep me futureproof for a few years and for the new speakers that I would upgeade to in future.
    What do you guys think ? Should I wait for RXV-1400 and pay the extra $$$, I dont think the calibration feature is all that important to me.
    Thanks for your valuable help
     
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    Wayne, Thanks for your response. Do you think Yamaha would be a big improvement compared to the Kenwood ? I know yamaha sound bright, but I think I would like that, I really need to try it out.
     
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    Rajeev,

    I personaly found a huge improvment going from an old Pioneer to my Yamaha RX-V640. I really don't find it bright either on my old Cerwin Vega floorstanders or my Dad's Infinity Sterling Bookshelves. I think this receiver just sounds more powerful and cleaner than the Pioneer (Pio was rated at much higher wattage too). As for how it would sound over the Kenwood, I just don't know. I've never done a direct comparison, especially with the same speakers. But I can tell you that my brother-in-law bought a Kenwood earlier in the year and was happy with it until he came to my house and heard my system. We have spent pretty much the same amount for our systems thus far. He wants me to bring over my Yamaha and plug it into his system to see a real comparison. Hopefully I will be able to do thats soon, but I'm not sure when I will get to.

    I too have seen some tests results, like Wayne, showing a significant drop off in power with all channels driven. I am just starting to save up money to get a speaker package, but I rigged up several speakers for a brief glimspe of surround sound in my room, and I really didn't notice any power deficiencies in my room when playing all channels.

    In the end, I've only had my Yammie since late June, but so far I am very pleased. Especially since it obliterates my old Pioneer which I actualy paid more for back in the day.

    Anyhow, good luck on whatever you do.

    Lee
     
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    The RX-V1300 is a great unit, and $550's a great price. I'd go for it.
     
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    Any comments on my setup and observations in the previous reply ?
     
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    One more question, I went to tweeter and bought the 1300, they didnt have it in stock, so they are getting it delivered on tuesday from another store from neighboring state.

    They had 2300 and it was priced at $650, do you guys think I should get that instead of the 1300 ? Is it worth to spend $100 more on the reciever that gives 10watts more power ?
     
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    I think the RXV-2300 offers a little bit more than just 10 watts of power:

    - Remote control that can perform macro functions.
    - 2nd zone that you can output multi-sources to (the 1300 only outputs audio to the 2nd zone)
    - RS-232 port -- for future receiver upgrades

    Here's a chart that compares both of them: Yamaha Receiver Comparison

    10 watts is not enough to jump to the 2300 for. However, if you have a desire for the other features that the 2300 offers, then go for it.
     
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    Thanks Wayne,
    what does it mean that it can output multi-sources to the 2nd zone ?
    Do you think I would need RS232 port in the future ? What is it used for - DVD-A, SACD or something else ?
     

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