Time for an upgrade, budget receiver Yamaha any good ?

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  1. MathBrisk

    MathBrisk Extra

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    Hi there,

    I currently have 4 Paradigm Titans and a CC230. My sub will be a D-box 303 (currently have Utterly crappy sub). I am currently using a Pioneer VSX-D409 which I simply hate. Now, I've heard many people saying that all receivers under 400 $ (US) were the same, but I don't agree. I heard the Yamaha 5440 on the exact same setup (mind you, in a different room but still..) and I was blown away. I have to choose between those 2 receivers (if you have any other better suggestions, go ahead) :
    5550 (368 $ CND) :
    -Cheaper than 5640 (368 $ VS 415 $)
    -More video inputs (5 VS 4)
    -S-Video Switching
    -3 Optical (VS 1)
    5640 (415 $):
    -Has DTS 6.1 and DD EX
    -Better linear damping (100 VS 80... what does that mean anyways ?)
    -More programs and DSP (24 VS 21)
    -Speaker A/B switching

    So, do you guys think this would be a good investment, and if so, which one is the best buy ? Any other brand I should look into ? I have seen you recommend the Marantz SR5200 over the Yamaha in an other thread. Why exactly ? Sorry if this sounds like a very newbie remark but what's so great about having 6 discreet channels ? (the 5550 has five right ?) Also, I don't really need a lot of inputs/outputs, I am looking for good sound (that's why I find the price differences between lets say 5640 ans 5660 to be ridiculous).Thanks a lot !
     
  2. Lee M T

    Lee M T Second Unit

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    I just recently upgraded from an old Pioneer to a Yamaha RX-V640, which is virtually the same as the HTR-5660. I too noticed a difference between the Yammie and Pioneer. The Yammie has so much more power and cleanliness over the Pio. At least in my room. [​IMG]

    As far as six discrete channels, that is for the newer surround modes, DD-EX and DTS-ES. These two just add a rear center channel. Not many movies use them and who knows what the future holds. But I was intent on getting a receiver that were EX and ES capable just in case. Plus, I needed preamp outputs which, EX and ES tend to be a given on receivers with preamps. So, six channels isn't necessarily something everyone should make sure they have. So, you may not need it in this case.
     
  3. Jon_W

    Jon_W Stunt Coordinator

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    Why not compromise and get the 5650, lol, I mean covers everything between those two receivers. My partner just got the 5550 and it is nice receiver for the money I think. Futureshop has the 5550 for like $325 so he ended up going for that vs. $415 or something for the 5640. In my opinion the fact that the 5640 only has two digital inputs is a fatal flaw but that is just me, yet on the other hand as a person who likes to keep up to date a 6.1 receiver is very attractive. If all else fails go by weight of the receiver and buy the heavier one as it will most likley sound better. Cheers.
     
  4. MathBrisk

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    Thanks for the reply [​IMG]
    Well I'd go for the 5650 but check this :
    5550 : 368 $ Can (thats including taxes and all)
    5650 : 506 $ Can

    You see, there is somekind of a huge difference :

    In which Futureshop did your friend find that deal ? I'm very interested [​IMG])
     
  5. Drew_W

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    The entire new line of Yamahas (56x0) are 6.1 discrete with support for DD-EX and DTS-ES, DTS:Neo6, etc...they are a rather large improvement over last year's models for not much more money (although the commissioned guys at Future Shop will really drop their pants on Clearance stuff [​IMG])
     
  6. Jon_W

    Jon_W Stunt Coordinator

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    Sorry I got mixed up the receiver he got the deal on was the 5540 not the 5550.
     

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