So I've just moved from the UK to Canada in the last 2 weeks.
My Onkyo 606 was starting to die before I left - I believe it was the HDMI board starting to go, which I'd heard had been a problem before.
So I've narrowed down my choice to the Yamaha RX-V673 or the RX-A720. At current sale prices, I can get the RX-V673 for $564.99 (including all taxes, etc.).
I can get the RX-A720 for $677.99 (including all taxes, etc.).
So we're talking a different of about $110.
This is Canadian dollars btw, but I believe it's roughly 1:1 with USD just now.
The other "cost" difference is that the 720 comes with a standard 4 year warranty from Yamaha. The 673 is only 2. So that's obviously weighing in favour of the 720, especialyl with my previous receiver dying after 2 years!
I've had a look through the specs and they seem almost identical. Obviously the RX-A models are meant to be better.
However, I was looking for some thoughts on this. I don't want to spend the extra just for the sake of it. However, if it's justified, then I could be tempted.
I do need to decide today if possible, as the sale prices are due to end very soon.
Regarding the switch from the UK to Canada, I have investigated about what things will work (once I step up the voltage). The TV (Pioneer PDP-LX5090H) should work without issue, as will things such as the xbox.
The only concern I had was throwing a Canadian receiver into the mix, and if it'd get upset with things like a PAL xbox passing through it. However, having had a look, it seems as long as I plug in things like that via hdmi or component (both being HD connectivity), then they should work without a problem.
However, please correct me if I'm wrong. I have seen some people suggest it would matter, but the overwhelming opinion from those well informed is that providing you use the HD connectivity, then it won't be an issue.
Thanks in advance for your help,