Originally Posted by Ryan1
Are you comparing with the same material, with the same bass management set up, in "direct" (or whatever is the equivalent for each AVR) mode, same volume level?
Actually, in the den I did which is how I could tell beyond doubt
. Originally, I used the track Poker After Dark
always uses before each commercial break. It's a subtle track with some quiet low (deep?) bass. With Denon (591, 1611, 1712, 2112), Marantz (SR6005) and Onkyo (360, 509, 609) I could feel the bass... it had presence for lack of a better description. With Pioneer (521, 1121, VSX something) and Yamaha (367, 371, 571) you could still hear the track (barely) but it lacked any kick at all. Even though I ran direct and volume matched it didn't really matter... the bass wasn't close regardless of volume. Nor was the rest of the sound but I had no other fixed reference points to focus
For me that confirmed they sounded different. I knew they did before but I had no real point of reference that I would testify to.
Of late I have Lady Gaga's Thanksgiving
special on the DVR and know each of the songs rather well. Especially, the first duet with Tony Bennett. It performs the same as Poker After Dark
Regarding your excitement factor these receivers (listed above) weren't mine... I was simply testing them... verifying they worked fine before being installed. Also, I never said one sounded better than another... just different.