Originally Posted by sprintright
Might be exactly true. But I'm hoping this tread could make some initial differentiations. These receivers are all becoming about the same.
But the Pioneer seems different. Because it's using this Class D amp, it is BOUND to sound a bit different.
I'm sure I can do a return if things aren't right. But who wants to go thru all of that?!
Supposedly, Pioneer has tuned the Class D to sound like Class AB with more sizzle. But Pioneer and Denon BOTH have more old school pedigree.
Quite frankly, from what research I've done, they will be very similar. Only difference between the Class D and the Class A/B is the A/B will use a bit more power and will run hotter, while the D will supposedly output more power when driving all channels with less THD. Denon, Pioneer and Yamaha all have long track records in making high quality home audio equipment.
So if the specs (power) is about the same, then I'd look at the features / options each model has and use that to make your decision. One thing I like about the Yamaha is it has a feature to enhance compressed audio files during playback. My entire library is digital MP3, so this is a feature I like. Granted my files are encoded at 320 or 256 kbps, this still is a feature that interests me. My old Alpine car audio receiver employed similar technology and it made a drastic difference in how my digital files sounded.
The other thing is to compare auto setup between models, as Pioneer's MCACC and Yamaha's YPAO leave a little something to be desired compared to Audessey that is used by Marantz, Denon and Onkyo.