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Not sure for $500 new, you will see any big improvement. Sometimes you can get a deal on a used high power receiver. Or an amazing close out deal.
The 667 is probably a step up in power, and uses discrete amps if you want to stick with Yamaha. But it feels like a small improvement, to me.
Onkyo has been known to put out pretty good power, but I don't know about the last few years.
Harmon Kardon prides themselves on putting out receivers with good power supplies using their so called 'high current design.' And you can get refurb HKs. Don't know how they are for long term quality.
And if you want to save up for a bigger jump in power, there's some nice Emotiva amps. But they require a receiver with pre outs, so you end up close to $1000 when you are done.
Maybe some other people have better ideas in the $500 range.
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