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Denon S720W vs Yamaha RX-A660...what's the better buy?

Purchasing a new receiver on Accessories4less. The Denon S720W can be had for $249, whereas the Yamaha RX-A660 is going for $269. I've only owned Denon's at this point (the 1613 and 2112CI), and my 2112CI just crapped out on me after three years, so considering switching brands, although does make me a tad nervous. My one setback has been YPAO not calibrating the subwoofer, and it looks like this model still only calibrates down to 31.5hz rather than some higher up models that go down to 15hz which is new for Yamaha.

So, any things I should consider outside of Denon having Audyssey to calibrate the sub?
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Well .. not purchasing new from AC4L, rather purchasing a "refurbished" unit to be clear with a 1 year (Denon) or 18 month (Yamaha) warranty.

Also, the A660 does no Sub EQ at all, rather only speaker EQ down to 62Hz. You would need to upgrade to the A760 for Sub EQ down to 31Hz which is the same capability of the highest A3060 as well due to the limitation of the YPAO mic. What the A760 and higher models offer is a manual PEQ down to 15Hz which in order to take advantage of you would have to purchase a better quality mic (eg. UMIK-1, ~$100) and then use software to create a curve down to 15Hz (eg. REW).

And lastly, the A660 will not be receiving the Dolby Vision firmware update as will the S720W.

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Well .. not purchasing new from AC4L, rather purchasing a "refurbished" unit to be clear with a 1 year (Denon) or 18 month (Yamaha) warranty.

Also, the A660 does no Sub EQ at all, rather only speaker EQ down to 62Hz. You would need to upgrade to the A760 for Sub EQ down to 31Hz which is the same capability of the highest A3060 as well due to the limitation of the YPAO mic. What the A760 and higher models offer is a manual PEQ down to 15Hz which in order to take advantage of you would have to purchase a better quality mic (eg. UMIK-1, ~$100) and then use software to create a curve down to 15Hz (eg. REW).

And lastly, the A660 will not be receiving the Dolby Vision firmware update as will the S720W.
Thanks for that info. Wow. Didn't know all that. So did you just tell me to get the Denon without actually saying it? I'm just so pissed my 2112ci died on me after 3 years!!
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Thanks for that info. Wow. Didn't know all that. So did you just tell me to get the Denon without actually saying it? I'm just so pissed my 2112ci died on me after 3 years!!
"CI" models have a 3 year warranty, but that bump from 2 years may have started the year after the 2112CI was released. Check with Denon to confirm. Also note, that if you purchase with a credit card, some cards will add 1 or even 2 additional years of extended warranty so worth checking with your credit card issuer as well if the Denon warranty has indeed expired on your unit.

Select the model that best meets your feature/input/output requirements. As Sub EQ seems important to you, yes, the S720W gets the nod in this comparison.
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