Whether it's true or not almost every salesperson I've spoken to will tell you that Yamahas, while feature rich and reliable, tend to be harsh sounding. I've also been reading this over and over on this and other forums. At the same time I've also been hearing/reading, over and over, that Rotels and Arcams have a more natural, balanced, ''easy listening'' sound. Popular misconception or fact?
I happen to own a Yamaha RX-V1500 - I've tried hundreds of EQ settings, different speakers/speaker settings, switched speaker cables a few times, carpet, curtains, etc. and in the end, while not completely dissatisfied, am still searching for that right ''balance''. I've also been introduced to sibilance, something I had never experienced on any of my high, medium, or low end stereo systems. Is this something inherent to most AV receivers or just Yamahas in particular? I suppose the only way I will find out for sure will be to go out and buy a Rotel, Arcam or maybe Marantz and draw my own conclusions.