Originally Posted by cyberjwalk
Thanks for the info on the digital inputs/outputs. I bought my first Onkyo receiver back in 1977 and have only owned Onkyo Integra and Denon receivers ever sinse and am not too familiar with the Yamaha brand of receivers (although I've seen many positive reviews through the years). I just purchased a RX-Z7 today from Onecall.com They have some for sale at $1,999 which is almost the price you will pay for a RX-V3900 from an authorized dealer. The five year warranty that the Z7 has is worth the price alone over the V3900, not to mention the extra features the Z7 has. Don't forget that Yamaha won't warranty any receiver that wasn't purchased from an authorized dealer. Avoid those Ebay sellers!
Congrats on the Z7, that's a fair price,
but you dont have to go to ebay to find better
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I think you'll like the Yamaha sound,
and based on your previous loyalties, you'll likely prefer setting the PEQ to Flat when you run the YPAO.
What speakers/subs are you using?
Another feature that's kept me loyal to Yamaha is the Front Presence channel.
It can really help raise the dialogue to center screen if you have a low center channel below a large screen.
I use it for movies with lots of dialogue or music video/concerts
..where there is little to offer from the surround channels.
...if I'm watching Action flicks I usually opt for Back Surround speakers instead.
You cant have both at the same time, but if you have enough speakers it's a single button press on the remote to swap back and forth.