Ok so the USB playback part of this still needs a little work. Maybe a firmware update can fix it. I got it to work, but it does odd things, like pulling up the folders of a usb drive that I just pulled out instead of what I just put in. Maybe it has some kind of buffer that doesn't clear correctly who knows...
BUT - on to the sound
This is a quick and dirty setup. I ran Audyssey for 5 positions and that was it. No real trying to dial it in, etc...
I would have to say that any difference between the pure sound output, in stereo, on this and my Integra is fairly minimal. I would bet I could not pick them out blind. Tie goes to the newer component of course
. It is prettier than my Integra. I may at some point hook the Integra back into the system and try with it with someone switching cables as fast as they can just to see if going back to it causes me to hear anything different. They both sound great.
Also understand that I am not in the "night and day" difference hyperbole camp. I think most major companies have figured out how to make digital and analog components sound very good, and other than speakers of completely different designs, there is no "night and day" as far as I am concerned.
Maybe my hearing is just bad
So sorry for no huge revelation. I have not watched a Blu Ray movie yet so perhaps I will hear something different there.