@all PEOPLE; finally got on the 475 wagon !!! i set it up a few hours ago here are impressions : bear in mind that i come from a MEDIOCRE Pioneer 421 - 2011 model - (euro only model, basically same as US 521....);
1- viewing picture of the unit i said it was ugly...bulky & big: i was stunned how nice it actually looked and is relatively compact....to my pioneer
nice nice !
2- thank GOD my satbox now works on hmdi standby pass through.....again; that was NOT the case ! excellent !
3- CEC works way better than on the pioneer...as i can now control every CEC aspect individually...unlike the pio that messes stuff...etc
4- hdmi switching is much faster than old pioneer; and standby switching is something i LOVE
5- love the ECO mode, as it was proven to really reduce consumption compared to many AVR's...i only use it of course in standby pass....
regarding sound...not sure what to think yet...the difference is not huge.....(even if it should), but i thing that the soundstage is more seamless and steering effect are better handled...i think
YPAO was less than 2mn...and distances are accurate....but crossover was set too high @110hz
and SW seems to have been set to low in volume.....
suppose that happens a lot; will tweak and see !!
i really need to read the manuel on this thing as i am overwhelmed:p compared to my 2011 pioneer !
many settings i did not touch like EQ and trim ect...dunno if i should
will update in a few days
PS: on a side note, is it dangerous to have the amp in standby 24/7 for many months ????!!!!! kind of afraid to let my new toy running as a PC all year ong.....
can any of you confirm if this is ok ? i unplug everything from power cord when i go to sleep though