Okay so it's been around 3 days now since I purchased the Yamaha YHT-196 and so far, it hasn't blown me away like I expected it to. I'm using it for watching movies on my PS3 and playing PS3 games. I did setup the speaker distances and volume, but the only thing that's different from my tv speakers is the bass; the Yamaha HTiB delivers a relatively good bass.
Am I doing something wrong? I was sure that a HTiB would blow away any TV speakers.
Also, I think the Yamaha receiver isn't able to decode 5.1 PCM. Using my PS3, I was not able to hear 5.1 audio from the XMB menu and from the videos that play when you are selecting a game to play. After I disabled 5.1 PCM and kept Dolby Digital and DTS on, I could hear 5.1 audio from the XMB menu which is weird because even with 5.1 PCM on, the Yamaha receiver displayed 5 speakers on its screen. By the way, I have my dsp mode set to straight.
Another thing, when I go to the options menu and display the input info, it shows 3/2/0.1 in the channels part. Why is this?