Originally Posted by metal83
Hey guys, sorry for this thread if it bothers some of you. I just picked up some speakers today, returned my RM6880 sat system as suggested and ended up with Polk RTi8's and a CSiA4 center to start. While i was at Tweeter the guy showed me that they have the Pioneer Elite 92 on a huge sale for $799. He told me the Pioneer is not as bright as the Yamaha 1800 and would go better with my Polks. Of course it wasnt hooked up so i couldnt listen to it. And at BB, the magnolia guy told me that Pioneer is the brightest receiver and the Yamaha would be a better choice. I just wanted to here some Opinions on these two receivers in regards to brightness and anything else, and which one may match my speakers better. I'm so close to having my system, just need a receiver, some rears, and a sub
I don't think the receiver will make as huge of a difference as the speakers will. With most receivers in the class you are looking at, they have a lot of ability to dial in the sound (both automatically and manually) for the speakers you have and the room they will be placed in.
That being said, I prefer Denon stuff and suggest you look at the 3808. The GUI on that unit is really nice, the best of the bunch. The sound is super clean at very high volume. I have mine paired with Klipch Reference IV speakers and a Martin Logan sub. I have been able to tweak and tweak to finally get the sound I want.
One of the problems you will probably face...almost all audio (quality audio) sounds good when you first get it home. Then after time goes by, you will start to hear things that need improvement. Speakers / Sub need to be moved, crossovers adjusted, AVR features turned on or off, etc....
I used to be a huge Yamaha fan. But, I have to say the Denon made my Klipsch set up sing at a new level.
All in all, you probably won't go wrong with any decent receiver, but the Denon GUI was a MAJOR advantage. You can view it over any video source including HDMI and HD. And, it is a much better graphical presentation.