Join Date: Dec 2008
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Thanks for the response.
Did you ever have reason to see if the 657 would downmix analog inputs for output? Also, specs and features seem to indicate that presence speakers are capable, any feedback on that from your experience? I seem to recall that very little was ever mastered to use that feature, can the unit be reconfigured to output a surround channel(s) to 2nd pair of front (height?) speakers using that?
I notice that the differences between the 657 and 659 one lists "Neural Sound" and the other doesn't. Gimmick or real? Also the 657 lists "Dialogue lift" while the 659 doesn't, did you ever try the dialogue lift?
I don't need extra power, so I'll likely get whichever looks best for the price, @$125 to $140. On Craigslist, so likely won't be able to check them out other than visually. The 659 is a standalone sale, the 657 is offered with 4.1 Infinity Beta 50s and 152 speaker set-up for extra @300. I am truly happy with my Paradigms, so I'll try to separate the receiver if she'll go for it.
Regarding the 2010 line-up: I did take the advice on that dedicated thread, and tweaked and tweaked and tweaked. I lack understanding of what EQ settings to adjust to, but everything else I patiently worked thru for fine tuning. Improved SQ, but not enough to please the Boss. the HTR 567 equivalent goes back. Reading the thread, I agree that the rx-v667 looks good compared to the 567, but I'm not willing to spring 500 plus for all the fancy stuff I am likely to not use, and be stuck hoping that it sounds as good as a six-year-old Yamaha. sigh. The new Yamaha's do look very sexy with the blue tones that'll match the Mitsu diamond and the Pioneer.