Sincere THANKS going out to Bond 007 for sharing info and for the recommendation for the RX-A820!
Very happy, so far.
Hey, Rich. You're right - I'm definitely having a ball. First time installing banana plugs, but figured out a good procedure in a few. Can't believe I did without those for so long; really secure connection and cleans up the back of the AVR nicely.
Naturally had to switch my PS3 from optical to HDMI, but that was expected. I used HDMI2 in on the Yami, so I thought I'd have to switch that, but the unit detected and switched automatically pronto.
I've been playing some mp3 music I stored on the PS3. With no YPAO adjustments yet, the sound is far superior to my 1105. Mid bass was always a little weak on the 1105. Excellent overall balance with the A820 just right out of the box. Not sure if it detected that the mp3's are only stereo, but that is what it either switched to or is at by default.
Gonna spin Avatar on blu ray and see if the unit auto switches to surround. Also, that will be looking for any darkness the 820 might add to the picture though only 1 or 2 guys have complained about that so far as I know.
Of course, there is always some breath holding when breaking in new electronics - aka, the well known "bath tub failure curve" of new electronics, so I hope it stays healthy and makes it to the statistically more reliable "mid life" portion of the curve.
I'm using 2 subs and the A820 has 2 plug ins for that, so no more Y cable. Though I'm pretty sure those are not separated on the 820, it does get rid of the troublesome Y cable and butt connector.
I can see this thing is going to take a lot of time and tinkering to name all the inputs I'm using. Likewise, YPAO is probably going to be a fun/perplexing puzzle. After the brief experiment with Avatar, I'll probably start walking through the owner's manual setup.
Not sure how I'd do the "subwoofer crawl" with 2 subs. Maybe I'll do that for the one I consider to be the main sub and just keep the other where I "think" it's ok.
Where are you at on placing subs at ear level? I can do that but it will make the one look a bit overbearing in the room.
Anyway, thanks again for your input.My initial impressions of the A820 are very promising.
By the way, I don't think it is lighter than the 1105. I think I got that impression because the 1105 at first had all kinds of heavy wires connected. Not that it really matters. If it's going to sound this good and is reliable, then this is a WIN for me.
My living room isn't terribly large - about 15 x 22 with 8 to 10 foot ceilings. So I think the built in amps will be plenty for me. I live in a super quiet rural neighborhood. My 2 neighbors are 200 feet and 660 feet away. This goes loud enough, I could disturb the nearer neighbor. I don't want to do that. I'm a head trauma survivor and as is typical for such, noise bothers me. So it is not in my best interest to maybe PO someone and then they start showing me what a "real" stereo can do... if ya' know what I mean. I keep the subs lower than I like for that reason. Some of the thunder in movie sound tracks can be overbearing for me and I sure don't want to be annoying my neighbors with that. Not that they are picky neighbors; to the contrary, very friendly people. Just doing my part to keep it that way. Truthfully, I can't tolerate loud music or soundtracks any more due to the trauma induced hearing problems. It's part of the reason I built this home cinema. I felt like soundtracks at movie theaters were going to make my ears bleed - or at minimum, it was unquestionably
further damaging my hearing adding to my extant problems. While way too loud, movie theater sound isn't very good, either, IMHO. This way, I get to control the SPL and have much better sound. And yes, I use dynamic range switched to minimum for the same reason.
By the way: I'd previously stated doubts about whether 100 watts per channel today would be equivalent to 85 watts way back when the 1105 was built. I no longer have any doubts. It acts more powerful and I haven't heard clipping yet. Clipping wasn't too hard to hit with the 1105. I am pleasantly surprised. Having said that, my budget oriented Fluance XL7F and C speakers are supposedly pretty easy to drive, so it might be different with more advanced speakers.
'k, a little more fun experimentation then on to more regimented setup.