Living room system: Polk biamp RT800i matching everything 5.1, Sharp 65" cca 2010 LCD, LG550 BD/Netflix/Vudu, Roku M2000 iTunes tuner/browser, Mac Mini. Daddy's batcave runs on separates feeding Paradigm Ref. 7.1 XLR and reference SACD player, PJ. HTPC, bar you name it:)
The Integra DTR-70.3 has to go, heats up and cannot keep it outside cabinet anymore d/t kids. Tried 6 120mm PC fans still too hot, afraid it may pull the notorious "Onkyo fried video board" daemon who is no stranger to me after 5 Onkyo/Integras.
So here I am at Best Buy Sony 830 and Pioneer 1022 side by side with the Yammie. Oh yeah, just a look at the back of Sony and it gets disqualified, the Walmartian millimeter speaker wire pinchers of course. The Pioneer looks good on paper, but then quality a big IF, knowing reports here, and the 5 letter country of origin.
No stranger to Yamaha, having owned a 3800 the sound was a bit dull even when used as a preamp in my batcave so many years ago.
So I took the plunge and did not regret it. Compressed music via Roku PCM 44kHz from Mostly Classical or Suburbs of Goa left me sayin WOW, Yamaha has come a long way. This is out of box, same for Netflix movies, pics crisp, even Wii Mario Galaxy looked so nice upscaled.
RX-V673 a keeper, found a very nice and above expectations mid-Fi piece that will stay in our family room for a while. And even after I removed 3 of the 120mm cooling fans left over from the Integra, i get barely lukewarm temps after hours of video at mod volumes.
While I adore Onkyo sound i will be sticking strictly with their Onkyo Pro or Integra processors until they master the art of amplifier design, at least their processors stay alive with one fan over the video board vents.
Common folks Pandora? Unless you pay (and given options i will not) for it they compress it horribly, then the Wurlitzer effect of the 12 song stations kicks in, I would get a cheap post-2003 PC with an ASIO compatible sound card (OxygenHD based card abound, a second hand B-Enspirer will do) and Foobar, or Winamp with plugin, then enjoy PCM out to your receiver like it was meant to sound, be it Shout/Ice-cast or iTunes.