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Yamaha htr-4065 from Costco?

post #1 of 131
Thread Starter 
Greetings all, I apologize in advance but I am, by all standards, a noob here. Moving into my first small (600sq ft) NY apartment without roommates and trying to put together a nice little theater/sound system. I acquired klipsch quintet 5.1 speakers and I recently bought a Yamaha htr-4065 receiver from Costco for $300. I wanted to know if this is a good receiver at this price point and if it is a good foundation to build an audio system around. A friend said that the receiver was a terrible deal at the $450 MSRP but it might be worth the $300 price tag. I am not looking to shake the foundations of my apartment as this might upset the neighbors, but I did want to put together a nice system that I might be able to take with me when I "upgrade" to a bigger place in the burbs in a few years. Thanks for the help!
post #2 of 131
The 4065 has the little microphone thingy that automatically calibrates the room, right? (blanking)

I got the 3711 for $109 open box at Best Buy. It's a solid little unit. Not the greatest in functionality, and it didn't have the... the... goddammit. I can't remember the trademark name of that calibration microphone. i have brainlock.

This is heresy around these parts, but yaknow... If your AV unit has:

* all HDMI throughput (check)

* 3D return capability (check)

and

* enough amperage to drive the speakers in your room (check)


.... Well ...

After that it all comes down to how many programming features you want for your dollar.
post #3 of 131
Its the same thing as the RX-V473 so $300 is a good price. As long a it has the features you need you should be fine.
post #4 of 131
Thread Starter 
Yes, it has the microphone calibration. It also looks to have everything I need so fingers crossed it will work well. If not...thank you Costco for a great return policy.
post #5 of 131
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

Its the same thing as the RX-V473 so $300 is a good price. As long a it has the features you need you should be fine.

Thanks for pointing that out. Very helpful. Looks like its got everything I wanted and more.
post #6 of 131
I have the RX-V473 and I'm happy with it. I'd be even happier with it had it cost me only $300 so, like the others have said, you got a good deal. You got my model for the price of the entry-level RX, which has much less power and fewer features.

If you have any setup questions about HTR, ask them here and I'll try to answer them for you.
post #7 of 131
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Originally Posted by JBWIII View Post

I have the RX-V473 and I'm happy with it. I'd be even happier with it had it cost me only $300 so, like the others have said, you got a good deal. You got my model for the price of the entry-level RX, which has much less power and fewer features.
If you have any setup questions about HTR, ask them here and I'll try to answer them for you.

I'm setting everything up tonight so hopefully all will go well. I'm glad to hear your happy with the system. Crossing my fingers!
post #8 of 131
Here's a question if I may ask...

I would like to play my iPod via USB and not have to use the onscreen TV menu. According to the manual i can hit "mode" on the remote and then control the iPod manually. When I hit "mode" I can now control the iPod manually but it will not play through the receiver. What's going on here?

Thanks
post #9 of 131
Unfortunately that's the one aspect of the receiver that I don't have experience with. I use Airplay but I don't connect an iPod directly to it.

iPod playback appears to work the same way on the more popular RX-V673 so I'd ask in that forum:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1408245/the-official-yamaha-rx-v673-thread-7-2-channel-network-avr/0_50
post #10 of 131
Thanks. I think the problem is with my iPod. I have a "classic" iPod. I plugged in my Iphone and didn't have the problem. I haven't tried airplay yet. I need to get a network adapter first.
post #11 of 131
Airplay is great but it will drain your phone's battery because it's always streaming. Better to use iTunes on your computer as the Airplay player if it and the receiver will be connected to the same network.
post #12 of 131
Hi,

I am also planning on getting this receiver from Costco. Reviews of RX-v473 are good overall and I think it will be a good solid receiver. This will be my first home theater system so I was wondering if you could recommend some good speakers to go with this receiver. Which ones do you use?

I don't want to spend more than 700-800$ on the entire system. With this receiver, I can afford to spend another 400$ or so on the speakers. I was looking at the Klipsch HD Theater 1000 5.1-channel Home Theater Speaker System. What do you think about that?

Thanks!
post #13 of 131
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Originally Posted by bhavik23 View Post

Hi,
I am also planning on getting this receiver from Costco. Reviews of RX-v473 are good overall and I think it will be a good solid receiver. This will be my first home theater system so I was wondering if you could recommend some good speakers to go with this receiver. Which ones do you use?
I don't want to spend more than 700-800$ on the entire system. With this receiver, I can afford to spend another 400$ or so on the speakers. I was looking at the Klipsch HD Theater 1000 5.1-channel Home Theater Speaker System. What do you think about that?
Thanks!



Frys Electronics has Polk Audio RTi8 6.5" Floorstanding Speakers - Black ( Pair) for $339. They say it is a savings of 500$. Amazon has a single speaker for $399...so I guess this a good deal? Are these speakers good with the HTR-4065 receiver? How will these compare against the speakers from Klipsch HD Theater 1000 5.1-channel Home Theater Speaker System?

I will still need to get the subwoofer, center channel speaker and the surround speakers which will blow my budget I think.
post #14 of 131
Floorstanding speakers will generally always provide for a better experience than smaller satellite speakers. The question is whether you can be happy staying inside your budget with the Klipsch setup as you can always do better by spending more. Upgrading to the RTiA8's likely means increasing your budget by at least $800 to complete the 5.1 setup or you can just start with the RTiA8's (to stay in budget) and expand as you get additional funds, first adding a center and or subwoofer. Also keep in mind that if TV/movie watching makes up most of your listening experience, the center speaker should ideally be at least as good (or better) quality than the FL/FR speakers. A good match to the RTiA8s would be the CSi-A6.


http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Center-Channel-Speaker/dp/B000V2SEYQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1350500071&sr=1-2&keywords=csi+A6+polk
post #15 of 131
Thanks for that feedback.

Yes, I think I would like to stay in my budget now. Is the Klipsch HD Theater 1000 5.1-channel Home Theater Speaker System setup good? Reviews are very good on Amazon but I am not sure if they can be driven nicely with the HTR-4065.

The HTR-4065 outputs 115W per channel. Will that be too much for these smaller speakers?

Thanks!
post #16 of 131
On average the AVR will be outputting < 5W/CH so no worries about reaching the maximum unless you purposefully raise the volume to maximum.
post #17 of 131
If anyone is interested in this receiver, its currently on sale at Costco for $279.99, $50.00 off through 12/16/12. It doesn't seem like a bad receiver if you only need 5.1.

Specs link
post #18 of 131
Are you sure it's $279.99? I went to Costco and it was priced at $329.99.
post #19 of 131
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Originally Posted by jdsmoothie View Post

Floorstanding speakers will generally always provide for a better experience than smaller satellite speakers.

That is highly arguable. The most common difference I see between bookshelf speakers and floorstanders these days is that the bookshelf has one 5 or 6 inch woofer and the floorstander has two. If you are using an 80 Hz crossover, a single good six incher will do the job. 2 6 inchers do not make a good subwoofer. so you are better off investing the difference in a better subwoofer until you get beyond the $500-600 mark.
post #20 of 131
Quote:
That is highly arguable. The most common difference I see between bookshelf speakers and floorstanders these days is that the bookshelf has one 5 or 6 inch woofer and the floorstander has two. If you are using an 80 Hz crossover, a single good six incher will do the job. 2 6 inchers do not make a good subwoofer. so you are better off investing the difference in a better subwoofer until you get beyond the $500-600 mark.

JD said small satellite speakers, not bookshelf speakers. I agree with him that there is a signficant difference between Floorstanders and little satellite speakers with 2.5"-4" drivers. I don't think this point is highly arguable.
post #21 of 131
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Originally Posted by dealcatcher View Post

Are you sure it's $279.99? I went to Costco and it was priced at $329.99.

It's a coupon deal--there should be plenty of fliers with the coupon at the store entrance. It's $50 mfg. rebate off the $329. Being a rebate you have to pay sales tax on the full 329.99.
post #22 of 131
Im looking at this one or a harmon karden 1700 at bestbuy for $250.00. cant decide, leaning toward the HK.Any advice?
post #23 of 131
The Yamaha has HDMI standby pass-through. A nice feature if you even want to watch TV without the receiver and a good feature for guests.

My two cents.
post #24 of 131
Does the Yamaha have a feature that lowers the volume of commercials? Not sure what its called.
post #25 of 131
Not that I know of. Do some receivers have that? How could they tell what's a loud commercial and what's a loud sound effect in a movie?
post #26 of 131
Yes .... Audyssey models (Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Integra) generally feature Dynamic Volume which tames loud commercials and explosions/bursts in movies which is especially helpful for late night viewing with others sleeping.
post #27 of 131
Oh, well it does have adaptive dynamic range control, which normalizes all sounds when the receiver is at a low volume.
post #28 of 131
Seems like the hdmi pass through and adaptive dynamic range control are good features and worth the extra money over the HK. not sure if the Yamaha 's 575 wattage is significant over the HK 500, but thats probably a plus also.
post #29 of 131
Found a review that says the yamaha doesnt have Dolby Pro logic ii, no DSX and no ethernet, whereas i believe the HK 1700 has these. Dont think they matter as much as having the hdmi pass through ands the dynamic range contol. Starting to lean toward the yamaha.
post #30 of 131
Not sure where you read that review--it certainly does have ethernet and Dolby Pro Logic II. True, it does not have DSX (because it does not use Audyssey). But understand that DSX and PLII are just post-processing surround "effects." You don't need them to decode any surround formats.
Edited by JBWIII - 11/29/12 at 11:48am
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