Originally Posted by Pvd3399
Any feedback, advice or input would be appreciated on the following topics:
1. Is there any new Elite features or technology worth waiting and paying for when the new lines are released? (This receiver will be used with the Kuro so 3D technology doesn't matter.)
2. Will I notice a big audio difference with the upgrade from my Yamaha V995?
3. Will I notice enhanced picture quality using HDMI from the cable box and BD player into the receiver and then out to TV as compared to my current set up which is optical into receiver and HDMI directly from component into TV for video?
4. The cost difference is $300 from the SC 65 (130 watts x 9) to the SC 67 (140 watts x 9). Will I notice any audio quality increase?
Regarding the four questions in your post, here are my comments:
1. Probably not.
2. Most likely. The new Pioneer Class D3 amps found in these AVR's are very robust and certified to drive 4 Ohm speakers. They have been critically reviewed and very well received by the audio press. Also, if you are using a Blu-ray player, you will gain a significant improvement with the ability the to enjoy the new lossless codecs, Dolby True HD and DTS Master HD via a single HDMI connection. Finally, Pioneers MCACC room calibration is extremely effective and some even favor it over the latest versions of Audyssey.
3. You have a great Plasma Display and will probably not see a difference in picture quality running the video switching through the new Elite AVR vs. what you are doing now. You will hear a difference though running the audio from the Blu-ray player into the AVR as you will now be able to decode the new formats. These lossless formats are available on Blu-ray only and not cable, so no change in sound quality from televison.
4. The audible difference between 130 and 140 wpc is nil. If the other features found on the SC-67 that PeterK pointed out are not of interest or use to you, then save the $300 and get the SC-65 because you will not hear a difference. Even if you wanted a phono input, a separate phono preamp rivaling ot bettering the one found in the SC-67 could be had for less $150. Your still money ahead. Hope this helps.
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