I am trying to decide between these two models for Music and DivX playback and I will be more than glad if you can shed some lights.
This player will be hooked up with Marantz SR-5004 and I already have a Sony BDP-S360 which I wish I didn't buy it and could go with Samsung BD-P4600 now and enjoy the h264 and HD files at a reasonable price instead of buying another player, however that time has passed and next time I go for a HTPC.
Back to the comparison, Pioneer DV420VK is newer than Yamaha S661 I guess, and although Yamaha claims S661 is DivX certified (and pretty similar to DV-S6160), it is not certified in DivX web site: http://www.divx.com/en/partner/certified/oemodm
According to DivX website:
- Yamaha DV-S6160 is certified on 01-28-2007 for "DivX Ultra - Home Theater Profile (720x576)"
- Pioneer DV-420V-K is certified on 04-09-2009 for "DivX Home Theater Profile Version 3 (720x576)"
Not sure what has been added in Profile Version 3 of DivX but for sure it is newer because first certified player was on 12-09-2008 versus DivX Ultra on 01-12-2006.
Other than the major difference above, it seems that Yamaha has a 20 second startup time (according to other people's review) and Pioneer 420 does not have this problem. Maybe it is because Yamaha has Shuffle Playback mode and first reads entire CD or USB drive files before starts to play and it takes more time.
- None of the players have OPTICAL audio digital out but they have COAXIAL.
+ Both Players Have USB and HDMI.
So far, I've found these information online and if anybody can help me decide which one is better choice, please help.
Also, if Pioneer is a better choice, is it better to get 420K-V or get the older 610 and use Hkan firmware?