Originally Posted by graphicguy
Go ahead and try it. You can always keep your 59TXi as insurance.
I own two VSX-59TXi's primarily now as insurance if case of of my cats has an accident again... When you think of what you will get for the 59 now on Ebay, you're not tying up too much money. As I mentioned earlier I've found creative ways of prolonging the life of mine by my selection of BD player that decodes the hi-rez audio and feeds it directly to the 59 via analog.
I've had three receivers over the 2004-2006 time period, powering my 7.1 setup of JBL speakers. When I upgraded my VSX-55TXi to a VSX-56TXi, outside of having advanced MCACC, I did not notice any improvement in sound and only the slightest increase in power. My speakers for all intents and purposes sounded on the 56 as they did on the 55. I turned my 56 back in after a week and picked the 59. From the first time I played anything on the 59, it sounded like I bought a new set of speakers, it cleaned up the sound. I truly believe that the 59 will bring out the best in whatever speakers you have!
Spent some time and do some extentive listening to your 59 before you setup the Yamaha and see what you think. The 59 was build so solid with such high quality standards. Being an old fart that buys for the long term, I plan at least a decade of keeping my VSX-59TXi. It's built like a tank and solid as a rock. Anybody that sees my HT, it's the first thing they notice atop my component case, looking at it from the back that copper chaisis is truly a beautiful thing!
Take your time and don't be in a rush to retire the 59, you never know.... I never thought my sweet, innocent, little Black Dahlia would vomit on my receiver and that Pioneer would take 10 and 1/2 months to get me the replacement power supply board. If I had not bought a used 59 on Ebay for $700, I believe it would have been much longer. A week after I bought the used 59, Pioneer called to say the power supply board was finally shipping.
My 55TXi is still around as the bedroom receiver, (we own 2 Mits CRT RP HDTVs, WS-55413 + WS-55315) with a 5.1 Polk satellite/subwoofer speaker setup.