Originally Posted by LD500
I'm close to putting in my order for a Yamaha RX-A1000 or 2000 but there's one key thing that I need to check.
The Onkyo and Denon receivers I'm considering have Dolby Volume and Audyssey Dynamic EQ. I have young kids in the house and those features seem to fit my use perfectly.
Do the Yamaha receivers I'm considering have the same features under a different name? Please explain if there's advantages or disadvantages to either type.
Why Yamaha?: Hopeful that it will offer the best sound quality of the 3 brands. I actually only need it for the pre-amp section since I have active fronts. Not using any surrounds right now.
The closest thing is "volume trim":
"Reduces any change in volume when switching between input sources by correcting volume differences in each input source. You can adjust this parameter for each input source."
I don't know if this *only* works when swithcing inputs, or if it's active within one input.
There is also a min and max volume setting, which presumably lets you set a specified volume range, so that it's never too loud or too soft.
And finally, we have "adaptive drc", where the LFE and surround effects change in volume inversely relative to the center/dialog channel -- the result being that when you're watching an action-packed movie late at night with the volume down low, you'll get a slight boost in the rumble of explosions to compensate for the low volume.
Personally, two reasons:
1) very happy with previous Yamaha products
2) listening to different makes in the showroom, I preferred the sound of Yamaha, all else being equal. I thought the Denons I heard had a flat, lifeless quality; the Onkyos to my ear sounded just plain bad -- the bass was being artificially pushed and there was almost no high end; Pioneers sounded good but I didn't like the plastic-y look of them.