Originally Posted by Otto Pylot
I have the Yamaha 395 and have been quite happy with it. The speakers are ok for our size room but definitely an upgrade should be considered down the road. We've had it for over a year now and it has played extremely well with the other components. YPAO calibration is a bit more cumbersome but you can achieve very good results with it. Audyssey is more automated and is supposed to give you better results but personally I'm not all that convinced. If you are a real audiophile it might be the way to go but it all depends on room furnishings, if you always sit dead center, etc. Denon makes good system and BA speakers are fine as well. You might want to look at the sensitivity of the speakers for comparison. My Yamaha's aren't as sensitive as I'd like (Yamaha isn't known for their speakers) so that's why I'm looking around, but blu-rays with lossless audio sound really good with what I have now.
what's your size room? mine is 10x10 and i sit nearer to the rear center of the room.
as for speaker comparisons i went ahead and updated YHT-397 and DHT-591BA on the original post....seems Denon is better
i took the liberty to further compared 397 vs 395 speakers/subwoofers and they are identical, except 397's SW model is YST-SW012BL2 instead of YST-SW012BL. Not sure what the differences are but the Yahamh websites seems to show identital specs.
As for the receiver features they are different.$329.99 - YHT-395:
1 Dock port (for optional YDS-12 or YBA-10)
Front Analog Audio Input$399.99 - YHT-397:
USB Input for iPod/iPhone, USB Memory, Portable Audio Player
Front USB Input
Two main concerns I have if I decide between 395 and 397:
1. Does 395 have a speaker configuration thingy like YPAO / Audyssey EQ2 or something of that effect?
2. What's the main benefit of 4K pass-through and what does it mean for the consumer?