Originally Posted by drewg74
hello all. I just bought the 809 from Frys this past weekend who price matched Amazon's price over the weekend. I am replacing a Yamaha rx-v667 which I liked but it lacked good power at high volume and network capabilities. I have noticed quite a difference in sound between the two receivers. I currently own Polk TSI 500s, CS20 center and the 505 sub. I like how both receivers sound but I'm still trying to justify my Onkyo purchase. Has anyone else here had the Yamaha RX-V667 compared to the Onkyo? I still don't believe I've had the Onkyo at it's full capacity yet. I care more about music than movies, so im wondering if I get an external amp instead of replacing the AVR, would the amp's sound take over or will I still hear the sound differences between the AVRs? I'm sort of new to higher end AV so I'm kind of a newbie. thanks in advance for input.
Lucky you. I tried to pricematch the same thing to Fry's last week. Their response? They would pricematch the amazon price + shipping cost. It's free shipping from Amazon you say? According to the Fry's store rep and all his friends, if there is an option to pay for faster shipping, its "store policy" to pricematch the online price + the more expensive
shipping option.... bunch of BS.
I tried to pricematch the Yamaha RX-A1000 receiver the same day from Fry's on the newegg deal. That was even more ridiculous.... Newegg is literally in the same city and like 5 miles from my Fry's in the City of Industry, CA so its all the same taxes. Fry's would pricematch the Newegg price + California 9% sales tax as the base price to match, then add California 9% tax again! It's their policy "to match any any stores price, plus any sales tax as the base price, then they have no choice to add another 9% sales tax again according to CA law." I found a manager, and asked a hypothetical scenario that if I pricematched a camera from Bestbuy for $300, what would be the final price? $300 he says. Out the door I ask, including taxes? around $330 he says. Vindication! My original rep is standing right next to the two of us the whole time. I then explain my whole situation to the manager who quickly realizes the original rep is trying to scam me. He walks away quickly and instead of fixing the situation, he denies we ever had the conversation, and says he doesn't know what I'm talking about and wouldn't talk to me any further. The original rep I had first said I never talked to the manager and then changed his story to say the manager said a $300 pricematch would be $360 out the door. sorry, :end of long rant:
But to my ears, I've heard the Marantz 6005, Yamaha A1000, and Onkyo 705 all set up and calibrated in my living room this week. They aren't the exact receivers you are referencing, but hopefully it will help, and I will give my comparisons to my 809 when it arrives in a couple days.
I have Polk Monitor 60 fronts, Polk cs20 center, JBL cs6100 sides, and a HSU VTF2 MkIII so my set-up is pretty close to yours on front/center speakers.
The Onkyo 705 and Yammy A1000 are comparable in sound quality and its hard to say which one is objectively better, but I actually subjectively prefer the Onkyo 705. The 705 feels like it has more punch to it (more bass and fullness) and I just don't like the Yamaha interface at all (plus it had a faulty, loose HDMI out plug that cut in and out) so I only spent a couple days with the Yamaha. The Onkyo 705 is my old receiver that I'm replacing and I wouldn't upgrade it to the A1000 because there isn't too much improvement in audio quality. Music was not any more crisp with the A1000 over the 705. When turned up high, I also preferred to the music sound of the Onkyo 705 to Yamaha.
The Onkyo 809 is supposed to sound a lot better than the Onkyo 705 according to general consensus it seems, so by logic, the 809 should sound a lot better than the Yammy A1000 to my ears. The Marantz 6005 blows both the 705 and A1000 out of the water for music use and is slightly better than both of them for movie use. I only hope the 809 can come close to the Marantz 6005 and I'll be happy.