Originally Posted by clarksonknight
I'm agonizing over which AVR to buy: the 591 or the 791. I'm in an apartment, and this is for a 13'x17' living room (which is open to a kitchen, not factored into room size). The actual listening area is probably only about 12'x12'. It will be driving a set of 5.1 Athena Micra 6 speakers (definitely not top-of-the-line, but not awful). Given that I'm in an apartment complex, the living room is fairly small, won't be needing 7.1, and I'm not going to be pushing the speakers much, if at all, am I giving much up going with the 591 over the 791 aside from the iPod connectivity?
I'm essentially just looking for a decent HDMI switch, auto-calibration and some decent sound. The full setup will be: Xbox 360, PS3, Comcast cable box via HDMI, Wii via component, all going out via HDMI to my 52XBR9.
Assume the 591 and 791 sound identical. Same Audyssey, same DSP, same DAC's, same amp section essentially...
what you get stepping up to the 791:
- 7.1 instead of 5.1
- front USB port for ipod/iphone direct connect/play/control
- zone 2 (with 5.1 setup only since you have to assign the extra amps)
- two extra RCA analog audio inputs (one of them audio only for "CD")
- video scaling up to 1080p (AVR 591 will convert to HDMI output but will do no processing/scaling)
- the ability to tweak 2-ch music settings separately from multichannel settings (via the "2Ch Direct/Stereo" menu)
Since, as we often repeat around here (and I explain here
), the video scaling is an overrated feature, it's really a question of whether you need those extra two amp channels (for either 7.1 or zone 2) and the USB port. You seem like a perfect candidate for the AVR 591