I understand your point but if you have a 1080p video source and you connect an HDMI cable from the receiver to the video source, your concern should never be an issue if not using component video connections, right?
Audioholics review on the Yamaha 663 receiver points out the reason for the $450 price difference between it and the 863 receivers, namely the video processing capabilities:http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/r...yamaha-rx-v663
The Yamaha RX-V663 has many of the same features as the RX-V863 but with some notable omissions. First the similarities:
Both decode all the latest audio formats including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS HD. Both have HDMI 1.3 inputs and plenty of analogue connections (including 3 in / 1 out component video). Both have 17 surround modes, YPAO auto calibration, and are XM and Sirius ready. While the RX-V663 is sporting 10 less watts per channel, you'll probably never notice. They both have two subwoofer outputs which is a very desirable feature in our book. Quality Burr-Brown 192kHz/24 bit DACs and ADCs are in use and your rear channels can be assigned to zone two or to bi-amp your mains. In fact, the two receivers are more alike than dissimilar.
So where does your extra $450 go? Sure there are some extra connections on the RX-V863 (2 more optical, one more HDMI) which takes up a little of it. The RX-V663 lacks an HD radio tuner and SRS circle surround II (another matrixing algorithm) and probably a bigger power supply and transformer but that's not really $450 is it? No, it's the lack of 1080p upscaling for 480i/p analogue video sources.
While for some, this is not a deal-breaker, for others it very well may be. Uconversion and scaling is not cheap and if you are looking for a quality external scaler, $450 might not seem that unreasonable to you. Now if your sources are usually a Blu-ray player and a high def digital cable box, you may not see the need for internal scaling (and you'd be right). But if you are still holding on to that old VHS collection or perhaps just want your home movies to look as good as possible on your new big screen, the internal scaling might be very attractive to you. In our experience most displays do a fine job without the AV receiver lending a hand.
So if most of my DVD collection is low resolution, and I am purchasing a 1080p projector, wouldn't the 863 suit my needs perfectly as the low-res DVD's would be upscaled to 1080p and look great on my projector?
Am I missing something? Can someone educate me?
Is there a better receiver than the 863 for the money out there that gives up the 1080p upscaling capabilitiy?