Hey guys, I'm a long time reader and first time poster. I would greatly appreciate your expertise here. Let me preface my post by saying that I purchased the last available unit (in the state) and was able to get an additional 10% off bringing the pre-tax total to $540.00
I've been looking at upgrading my receiver the last few weeks and was originally interested in the Yamaha RX-V675. Costco actually sells this model bundled with the wireless receiver for $489.00 without discounts. I'm told that they recently started carrying them (only certain stores in my area anways), but am guessing if I wait a few weeks it will go on sale. Overall it seems like I may get a little bit more use/convenience in more up-to-date features of the newer Yamaha including Bluetooth support (without a dongle), Wi-Fi (with the bundled dongle), arguably better mobile app companion, more apps like Spotify (which may be a moot point since I can just use Airplay or HT Connect), 4K upscaling and arguably better auto calibration from what I've read. I've also been tempted to potentially hold off until next year for an affordable HDMI 2.0 supported receiver for better future proofing.
Before I get into my current system specs, here is what I'm looking to hopefully gain by upgrading to a new receiver.
- Overall noticeable improvement in sound quality, especially because of the componentry upgrade, move from optical/coax to HDMI for lossless support and auto speaker calibration which is new to me and a driver for my purchase.
- Useful features & apps, and consolidation of my current set-up. I need to be able to easily stream media from phones/tablets (iOS and Android), PC, etc.
- This should last me a long time so I won't need to upgrade anytime soon. My current receiver is over 7 years old.
It will be nice having a bunch of new features, but I'll likely only use a fraction of them. The multi-zone support will be useful at some point. I only really have need for a 5.1 primary setup, but I'd definitely be open to expanding in the future. I am considering running all of my video through the receiver for consolidation purposes, although the SC-1522 doesn't upscale 4K content which kind of sucks, but isn't an issue for me ATM. I could just go to source video in that case.
My current setup consists of the following:
With all of this being said, I'd love to hear your thoughts on if you think it's worth holding onto the SC-1522 which I got at a solid price, versus arguably getting better features (as mentioned above) with the Yamaha RX-V675. I've heard Pioneer SQ isn't as good as Yamaha, but since this Pioneer is an Elite we aren't comparing apples to apples. I'm hoping the auto calibration is decent. Most importantly, do you think this is a worthwhile investment and overall SQ/feature upgrade to my existing Onkyo receiver? I realize that my speakers are considered entry level, but they still sound pretty solid IMO and far better than the original HTIB speakers. However, I'm not sure if the Pioneer will drive them any better than my Onkyo. I absolutely plan on upgrading them in the future, but would prefer to hold off for now unless they are a big bottleneck.
Lastly, I'm a bit confused on Costco's return policy on home audio receivers. My store told me 90 days, but their policy specifically mentions TVs, MP3 Players, etc. and not receivers (which doesn't really fall under any of the listed categories). I'm assuming I could always argue this point with them in the event that something went wrong (versus buying an additional Square Trade warranty now). Sorry for the long post..I really appreciate any feedback you can provide!Edited by psamona - 9/16/13 at 7:07pm