Although I have beem dedicated Yamaha receiver user for over 12 yrs (RX-V800, DSP-A2, RX-V2500, RX-A2010) mostly due to DSP programs which I found excellent to color my music experience depending on the type of music and mood, I am moving toward Pioneer Elite SC-77/79 due to following, surprisingly not mentioned in this thread reasons,:
- 8 HDMI inputs (looks like this is the only one or one of few with hdmi 8x2 matrix which would allow me to connect all my video sources which some are connected now through external 4x2 matrix due to limitation of existing receiver I use)
- serious multi-room support with awesome TBase for SC-79 model
- THX certification absent for Yamaha (although music was mostly my domain for years, the video becomes majority as I get older
and for that purpose I need more deep sound which Yamaha was IHMO lacking despite of all adjustments and EQ available.
One thing that bothers me is the D-class amp. I know, its more efficient, gives more power but... it is serious switching circuit which for me making living out of electronic design although in different discipline, is and always be less reliable and more noisy comparing to traditional transformer based architecture. But to get that output power range which SC77/79 offers without draining the wallet, a d class amp is the only way to go.
So 3-yrs warranty is a must. And few sessions during 30 day return period to make sure, sound quality produced by D-Class switcher is not compromised by it's flawed nature.Edited by esdwa - 9/16/13 at 3:18am