Originally Posted by jamjam
rotts4u, can you give a quick review of the 1040 receiver and what receiver did you have before?
Also did you correct the bass?
I had a really high end 2006 Era Pioneer VSx 84 TXSi and at that time it was top of the line in Pioneer elites line up and MSRP was $1500.It was rated at 7x140 with all channels driven at 20-20K not like these amps today are rated at 2 channel driven at 1K or something like that. So that is my first quirk.
The next thing is that the Pioneer had two remotes and the main one even had a LCD screen on it. It had tons of buttons and was very easy to do most anything without digging through menus to find. BUT the Yamaha allows the IP address programming which is super easy even for a novice like me. Audyssey is better in this receiver than the older MCAAC on the Pioneer and the menus that pop up on screen with the Yamaha are much nicer too because on the Pioneer you had to switch to a different input for the menus to show up and that was a pain. I also like the Yamaha APP that I can run and control from my phone or iPad. That makes the less than ideal remote a lot easier to live with for me as an iPhone user
I like the scenes options that are built in and I also like the assignable inputs to the AV buttons. I use ROKU, Sat box and a Samsung DVD so I can program them to 1-2-3 and just one touch them. Same with the Cambridge CD player on the audio inputs. I use the DAC of the cambridge and therefore output it to the receiver thru RCA cables thus bypassing the DAC in the receiver.
I have not tried any upscaling yet as frankly I don't know how but I will likely dig in and try that soon too. The audio is good from the amp but I only use the center and surround amps. I output front left and right to an external amp anyway.
I love the ability to connect to my network wifi or wired I use wired. Then I can use sirius pandora, spotify etc On screen and those menus are super easy to use as was setting them up he first time. Now I will listen to sirius on my AVR that I have never done before because it was too much trouble.
I also have not played with any of the adjustments to the various sound modes with things like sound stage etc. I just don't know enough about them yet to feel confident enough not to screw it up and make it worse.
Another good thing was the online firmware upgrade which was available when I plugged it in. It took 20 minutes but was an easy one menu button to say ok and it did it all. I also like the easy sub trim and other easy to find options that are there on the remote that one may use often like dialogue lift etc.
Overall its a good receiver and I am quite happy. I will likely be more so as soon as I learn the other features. Hopefully some of you experts will post some suggested setup suggestions for some of the more obscure settings that all of us may not understand.
If there are some specific questions post them up and Ill try to answer them as best I can