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Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Don't presume more expensive means better sound.
More money buys you a better power supply, which means more watts which means better sound (IF the cheaper unit would have been distorting due your your normal volume.)
More expensive receivers may use better parts in some cases, which may lead to a long lifespan.
More money is, to a large extent about features. Fancy video processing chips, network features, the latest audio processing gimmicks, more speakers (such as your 9.1 or 11.1 systems,) more zones, more flexibility to name some off the top of my head. Interestingly, as you may more, you get less per dollar, in my experience. I have seen price bumps of $100's for a small set of higher end features. That being said, I am happier with my Yamaha Z7 than my cheaper 800 series receiver - some of that may be the better power supply on the Z7...the 800 series receiver just doesn't seem to have the same impact, for what that observation is worth.
One option some people choose is to get a receiver with pre outs, and external amps to ensure they don't run out of power. Unfortunately, there's been a sad change in the market, and pre outs are becoming a high end feature (silly, if you ask me, because it was one of the selling points Yamaha's 600 series line...did they not realize that some of their sales were due to that feature, or were the sales from that aspect not that important?)
"But this one goes up to 11"