Hi -- This thread has been very helpful in my decision to retire my Pioneer 1016 and get the 665. I use these receivers as pre-pros feeding my lovely Marantz MM-9000 5-channel amp. This approach has allowed me to get what I consider outstanding audio and good video at a very reasonable cost (I spend my money on speakers!).
1. Setup, compared to past experiences, was fairly easy. Maybe I'm getting smarter?
2. Before running YPAO, I tried out 2-channel stereo with the sub. On my reference recordings, I have to tell you that the sound is out of this world. Imaging, clarity...great. I'm impressed.
3. After YPAO, I tried out reference CD's with PLIIx (I love immersion sound). Again, out of this world.
4. I'm running the Panasonic BD-35 -- no problems with handshakes. Upscaled DVD's and BD's look amazing. Sound quality is clear, and the surround effect is a bit better than with the 1016.
5. I have always poo-poo'd the DSP effects...but I'm telling you that some of them are pretty darned useful.
6. It is so nice not to have to switch my monitor inputs, with everything coming in over HDMI.
At this point, for $400, I feel like I am a very happy guy. However, I am having one problem that I hope you can help me with.
I am running a Scientific Atlanta HD box and taking the video signal out over component into the 665. My monitor is an industrial Panny plasma (1080i) with no scaler, and at the time it was installed I ran a long run of DVI to it (HDMI was flaky at that time). Out of the 665, I use a Monster adapter to mate the DVI cable to the HDMI output port. In the 665 setup under HDMI, I have selected Resolution = 1080i and Aspect = Smart. What I really, really wanted was to have SD channels from the SA box automatically upscaled and stretched to fill the screen. That ain't happening! When I send a 480i signal to the 665, pressing the Options button and checking the signal verifies 480i in and 1080i out...but the picture looks unscaled and is not stretched! Any clues?
I will weigh in as I explore more features of the 665 (I just got it set up yesterday).
Thanks for the wisdom.