I have never liked Yamaha in the past, but thier new Aventage receivers are excellent.
I actually prefer them over the Denon's and Marantz receivers at the same price points. The amplifiers in the Yamaha Aventage (and other models) are down to 2ohm stable.
We just did an A/B test between a Denon AVR-2113CI & the New Yamaha RX-A730 and the difference was really interesting. I would normally be the last person on Earth to romance about the difference in sound quality between receivers. They really are all kind of similar. However, the Denon sounded quite heavy in comparison to the Yamaha. The Yamaha came across much lighter and effortless all the way through low to high volumes.EDIT:
Speakers used in the A/B test were JBL Synthesis LS40, BG RADIA Z1, & Phase Technology PC-0.5 . Sound improved, in our opinion, between all 3 models on the Yamaha as opposed to the Denon.
Yamaha RX-A730: http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio-visual/aventage/rx-a730_black_u/?mode=model
Yamaha receivers that our clients have owned previously are all seemingly very very durable. One client in particular purchased one about 6 years ago online (it retailed for $1,000 - can't remember the model) and it feels and works like new. We have had some failures from Marantz and Denon, and especially Onkyo, which is what caused me to maybe look at Yamaha. I came away really impressed.
I like Marantz product over the Denon and Yamaha over Marantz receivers. I just brought into our showroom a Marantz AV-7701 Pre-Amp and it is gloriously beautiful. http://us.marantz.com/us/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?CatId=AVSeparates&SubCatId=0&ProductId=AV7701
Receiver brands get hot and cold over the years. Before, I would have never looked at Yamaha and stayed with Denon/Marantz. In 2013, I really really like what Yamaha is doing. 2014???? We'll see!
Yamaha Aventage Pros...
- Durability History
- Sound Quality
- iPad APP and Networking is top shelf above anyone else's currently on the market.
- Ease of use and setup.
- I would say the A/V Inputs are average on the RX-A730. The 830 is probably worth it as a step up if you need RS232 and other video scaling options.
- Setup MUST be done via App or On-screen GUI. There are really no menu functions available to you from on the face of the actual unit.