This deal was just too tempting for me. I bought a Yamaha RX-V867 and an Aventage RX-A1000 about a year and a half ago on clearance at Best Buy, and those receivers could have easily lasted me another five years. I was hoping to get a RX-A2010 a few months ago for the $600 or so that it was on clearance for in 2011, but the clearance deals were not as good this year. And then this beast, which seems to be very comparable to the Aventage RX-A2000/2010/2020 series, comes along. So, I signed up for a Costco membership for the first time ever and grabbed one. The RX-A1000 is going to go into my basement, and the 867 will likely be sold.
So far I like the unit, but the biggest quirk I'm noticing is the bizarre labeling of the HDMI inputs. I changed some of the input names to restore my sanity a bit, but I'm trying to figure out how to set this up with a Harmony One and/or 900. I have a DVD player hooked up to HDMI 4, which is labeled "VIDEO". But there's no VIDEO selection on the unit's base remote. In the Harmony software, there's not even an option to select VIDEO or HDMI 4. Any ideas here on how to solve this and possibly make things make a little more sense with all of the inputs?
Also, another thing I'm noticing is volume sometimes differs quite a bit from difference sources. (I almost blew out the walls testing out Airplay before. Thank goodness the song was an ABBA song and not one from Slayer.) I know there's a level control setting, but does selecting this cancel out Dolby Surround settings? Is there another way to solve this problem?
Thanks for any help and info.
P.S. Does anyone else have experience with both Pioneer and Yamaha receivers? I'm curious to know what others think about how they compare.