Originally Posted by David Susilo
I think Yamaha just wants to create a reason for people to buy the 5000. In contrast, however, Pioneer Elite have been using those filters on their $1500 receivers since 2006 and virtual presence / virtual back / virtual width since at least 2009, also on their $1500 receivers. RSC-type of function since the early 2000.
Regardless, these are steps towards the right direction that makes me even considering Yamaha this year.
David.. regarding the digital filter..
You are most assuredly an expert, but the D.FILTER setting wasn't introduced until the SC-5x series..
And on the SC-5x and 6x models, there were three choices, SHARP, SLOW and SHORT.. this year they are back to SLOW and SHARP... with SHARP being the default.
I've owned the SC-09, SC-27, SC-37, SC-57 and SC-67, so I remember stumbling across it when they added the functionality ...
A reviews of my manuals (I have a vast PDF library) confirms it.
As it relates to the Yamaha and Pioneer comparisons, I have to say I am really just in love with the A3030... it is very articulate, and the surround field (on plain 5.1 and 7.1) is as good as I've had in a long time..
I ran a single seat YPAO, set the EQ to natural, and verified the SPL of the speakers.... all were spot on.
Really loving this.
In terms of usability, I also have to say that the Yamaha is so much more refined... I was thrilled when Pioneer finally added a rudimentary OSD overlay of volume and decoder mode (it is essentially a mirror of it's two line LCD front panel display...) But I'm such an info freak, so between the Yamaha app (and I will say the Pioneer iOS app is awesome,) the GUI and the IP/Web control it's really the best I've seen so far.
Some people who attended in open house recently at Pioneer USA in CA commented that MCACC may finally be getting an overhaul next year, and there will also be plenty of documentation about how all it's features work to accompany it.