I have been thinking of replacing my 659 to take advantage of the hdmi connections and Tru-HD, etc. But...looking at the 663 and now the new 665, 565 and 464 I may just keep my 659 and wait for another year to pass or look at another brand...Denon.
I do not like the way Yamaha has cheapened these models compared to older models. I do like the new display screen...it seems much cleaner and easier to see...but I do not at all like the blade connectors for speakers on the 565 and 465...no on screen display, 5.1 channels only for the 465...no pure direct, XM/Sirius or Zone 2 for the 565.
They upped the prices, lowered the quality and axed features depending on the model. I'll bet Yamaha takes a pretty big hit on sales this year.
I think I'll keep my 659 and use the money I was going to spend on a receiver and buy a pair of Paradigm Monitor 7 v.5's instead. I just don't think I'll notice the differences in audio between my 659 and a newer receiver to get the latest audio compared to what my 659 pushes through now.
Anyone have comparison info they can share to corroborate or shoot down my opinion would be very appreciated.
TV: Samsung 60KS8000, Rcvr: Marantz SR5011, Speakers: front/Paradigm Monitor 11v5, center/Paradigm CC-290, surround/Paradigm Atom, sub/Paradigm PDR-100, DVD: Samsung BD-J5700, Remote: Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home