I'm considering an RX-A710 to replace my RX-V371. After hearing the VSX-822 I set up for a neighbor, I know I am missing some clarity, fullness and calibration. I absolutely hate Pioneer's funky software, displays and smug tech support attitudes though. Even when mentioning a few key suggestions that were not refuted to be valid points, I was brushed off by the guy I was speaking to. Yamaha seems to have no toll free tech support at all though.
Thus I have a few questions I will ask here. Hopefully those whom own RX-A models can answer them. Will the sound be any fuller, clearer and less flat than my RX-V371, or are the DACs and DSPs fairly close in the way they're programmed? I don't just want more features, I mainly want better sound quality. Is Yamaha's YPAO at least as good as Pioneer's basic MCACC calibration? It did a pretty good job on my friend's VSX-822.
Can the YPAO calibration on the RX-A710 be fine tuned? With MCACC, you can only fine tune speaker distance and volume. The EQ is not adjustable unless you go with completely manual settings. I know the RX-A710 uses discrete amplification, but "Selected high quality parts to achieve optimum audio performance" is a bit vague. Anyone know what DSP and DACs it uses?
I've read some older posts here that indicate Yamaha used to make some of their own DSPs, but it seems they've gone with TI for DSPs and the TI owned Burr Brown for DACs lately. I really don't want to take a loss on my current receiver, and pay quite a bit more for an RX-A710, only to find I'm getting the same DSP and DACs. With Denon for instance, their 2312 uses a 32 floating point DSP.
Crutchfield says Yamaha has been one of their more reliable brands, and I like the ease of operation, multiple connections (esp audio inputs), and PC friendliness. I'm basically looking for full sound like the Pioneers have in an easier to use package with features I need, vs a lot of ones I don't, like Air Play, Pandora, vTuner. Slacker has been pretty good for me, and the only one I see supporting it are the higher end Onkyos.
I considered a receiver with MultEQ, but I don't see Onkyo carrying anything but MultEQ XT in $850 and up units. Does Yamaha have a trade up program btw? I hate that you have to ask them questions via email or pay through the nose for a lengthy phone call. I'd also like to know if receivers with ARC require a TV that supports it? I'd rather get the audio from the TV shows via HDMI, and it would open up more receiver options too because many don't have two optical inputs and I don't know if my PC's coaxial out is working.
Are there any receivers with full vs digital sound that have ARC that are cheaper than the RX-A710?
Just read through several pages of this thread and am worried about what was said about YPAO not adjusting the sub EQ. Doesn't it at least set the crossover frequency like MCACC does?
...just talked to a Yam lower level tech and he confirmed YPAO does adjust Sub dist, lev and Xover, which is all MultEQ and basic MCACC does, so it shouldn't be any worse in that regard. He could not however tell me anything about the RX-A710 DACs and DSP other than the DACs are 24/192 Burr Browns, which I already knew.
Edited by Hi Def Fan - 9/7/12 at 7:26pm