Originally Posted by ColorfulThreads
I personally chose the 863 because I actually liked the SCENE features that basically allow you to setup each input and settings to how you like it and then program that to a single button...so when I use a specific device, I programmed it vertically, so top device was scene 1 button, next down...scene 2, etc. Then lock the settings and your done.
Features on 1800 over 863:
- 25 more watts p/ch (25 x 7)
- 10 addl. lbs
- one addl. HDMI input
- RS232 port (Rec. Mgr. Software)
- learning remote
- macros on remote
- one addl. optical input
- one addl. optical output
- one addl. coax input
- 5 addl surround programs
- one addl. S-video input
- one addl Zone
- Zone remote
Features on 863 not on 1800:
- HD Radio
- Sirius Radio
The SCENE function is one feature I was scared of losing when upgrading from my RX-V661 to the RX-V1800...
What I didn't realize is the settings like DSP modes/decoders, PLIIx, surround back/front presense preferences and volume level
for each input BD/HD DVD,DVD,XM,IPOD...etc on the 1800 are remembered if you select the "last" option from the Initial configuration menu
(instead of auto). Once you set them, you can use memory guard to lock them in.
There are also 6 memory slots for several parameter configurations
Like: Speaker/EQ settings, sound field parameters, video conversion, scaling and display settings etc.
The remote also has learning capabilties, if you get tired of entering codes.
And... A Macro feature that will allow up to 10 individual steps from several devices into a single button selection on your remote.
(just like SCENE, only better)
The RX-V1800 is Totally loaded with features once you dig deep into the manual.
I think the 863 remote is similar to my old 661
the 1800 Remote(s) (Zone 2/3, and Main)
I got my RX-V1800 for less than a new 863, (locally)
There are deals to be found with the replacement 1900 series due mid August.
I love the way the front panel looks too, nice and clean with most buttons hidden behind the panel.
The 1800 is the 6th Yamaha receiver (and the best) I've bought over the last 20 years,
Trust me! it's definately worth looking into.