Originally Posted by Guitarman3001
Ok so I couldn't wait and blew off a couple of other things I had to do and spent the afternoon hooking up the YHT-397. I already had the speaker wires run but I took the opportunity to take everything apart and clean places that hadn't seen a duster or vacuum in years.
Anyway, for $300 I'm very pleased. The small speakers sound surprisingly good and the sub puts out some very decent bass. I used the YPAO auto setup which did a good job for setting up the individual speaker levels but after it was done I had to go into the settings and turn the sub up a little to where I prefer it. I have my Dish receiver, Roku 2XS and Panny Blu Ray player hooked up using the built in HDMI ports and it seems to work great.
I haven't tried it with my much bigger Onkyo speakers that I have from an old Onkyo system that got hit by lightning (which is why I bought this system) but when I have more time I'm going to experiment and see how the small Yamaha speakers compare to the larger Onkyos. But so far, without doing an A/B comparison, the Yamahas sound surprisingly good. Also, according to the specs, the receiver does support 4 ohm loads so maybe I'll put the tiny Yamahas on top of the Onkyos and see how it sounds running both in parallel.
Basically, first impressions are very positive right now. Over the weekend I'll be putting it through more demanding tests with my Avatar blu ray cranked loud enough to annoy the neighbors.
BTW, music sounds great through it. I tried it running Pandora through my Roku and it sounds excellent. And some of the DSP settings are pretty cool.
I believe the 373 receiver can output at 6 ohms...not sure about 4. When you purchase the receiver, it defaults at 8 ohms.
The YPAO works great, but considering it's more or less the equivalent of "sonar", the position of your sub usually needs to be manually adjusted. I have my sub bouncing off a wall at an angle and the YPAO reads it as being 32.5ft away when it's really only 13ft away, so it turns the sub way down. You just have to manually adjust it back up to where you like it. Plus it's convenient you can just adjust the raw volume of the sub for all the varied content that is out there. We hooked up my brother's turntable to the receiver via a TCC phono pre-amp into the audio input, and the bass reproduction was crazy, and I had to turn the bass down to 4 at higher volumes.
I actually purchased a 120x120x25mm Thermaltake fan to lay on top of the receiver. 95% of the time, I have no problem with the receiver getting hot, but if we REALLY push it(even at 8 ohms) above +6-10dB it gets pretty dang hot. If it's at max, it's too hot to even touch. Now typically, I usually just watch most movies between 0.0-7.0dB and it's not too bad. In fact at 0.0db, it's just "warm" and fine, but maxed out, it will get quite hot. Now granted they are getting a TV stand for the system, so I'm preferably looking for something with an open compartment and enough vertical space to fit the fan and to vent out the hot air. The fan is being delivered, but I think with the venting of it via the fan, it should be perfectly fine and way cooler as it just need more space to vacate. It's not a huge deal as it's only at really high volumes, but it's a nice peace of mind and insurance policy to have setup to babyproof it from my parents and brother who use it in a rather "derp" manner sometimes with their turntables and music channels.
Of course....I could just turn the max volume too....but where's the fun in that?