This past week, I picked up an open box Marantz SR6006 at Best Buy for a pretty good price and set it up using Audyssey Mult-EQ XT and can tell a big difference to the Onkyo 609 I had before. The setup was definitely not as straight forward as I would have liked and the remote is definitely not very user friendly. Anyhow, with help of some AVS members, I was able to calibrate my speakers and sub via the Audyssey 101 guide and feedback. Thanks for that!
Now, I stopped by another BB and they had the Yamaha A1010BL open box and it was 130 bucks cheaper than what I bought the Marantz for. I got home and just tested the A1010 on my downstairs setup, which is 5.1 with a weak sub. I didn't get a chance to set it up where the Marantz is upstairs, with 7.1 front heights. I just wanted to make sure it was working ok. From what I could tell, man the manual setup was much smoother than the Marantz and the remote is very easy to navigate along with the OSD (on screen display).
I did a quick comparison between the 2 AVR's and I'll just list what I saw. I may be missing other items, so if I do, please let me know.
I will use the AVR mostly for watching movies, playing games, and tv. Not too much for music, So about 85% movies and 15% music.
- AirPlay - it's nice to have, but no biggie if it doesn't have it.
- Zone 3 - most likely will never use this zone, or even zone 2 for that matter.
- Look - I like the look alot, but after playing with it for a couple of days, the small display on the front of the AVR may cause some havoc if my wife or other family members use it. I do like how during the movies, you don't have a bunch of bright lights on the front of the AVR, but I guess there is a give and take here.
- Audyssey Mult-EQ XT - this is very good.
- Yamaha iphone remote app - good to have but since I have the remote and Harmony One, I probably won't use this. (Not sure if this model allows streaming music from my iPhone to the receiver or not, but if so, that would cancel out the AirPlay missing feature)
- Setup - much smoother.
- Remote - more user friendly.
- Look - Looks nice, and I actually miss seeing all the info on the display.
- Price - 130 bucks cheaper.
- YPAO - Sorry, I have never had a Yamaha receiver before, but is the YPAO setting on this receiver comparable to the Audyssey MultEQ-XT? Also, I am missing the setup mic. (I can just manually setup the speaker distance, channel level with SPL meter for now, but definitely need the YPAO calibration for sure. Is there a certain mic model for the A1010BL that I need or can I just pick up one from e Bay or elsewhere that is a bit cheaper than most places?)
Both have 110 watts per 7 channels, 2 sub preouts as well as preouts for the other 7 channels as well, Zone 2, so that is a squash there. I will be using the AVR in my game room which is 7.1 setup with Front Highs, so both will work just fine for this. I couldn't see what Yamaha calls their equivalent, I think Front Presence (???), but for Marantz its Front Highs (PLIIz).
In the end, I think both are really good AVR's and seeing how the price for the A1010 is so much cheaper, I may have to stick with the A1010 and return the SR6006.
Can anyone chime in on any issues they've had or heard between the two AVR's because if anything, this might be the deciding factor if the one AVR is more prone to issue, say over heating or HDMI control breaking, or whatever else? Or unless I missed something else above or which I did not mention.
Thanks in advance and really appreciate any and all input!