Originally Posted by brittonal
I didnt read through most of this. I only read maybe for 3 or 4 pages but why would you choose the 663 over the 6160? Just curious?
you really dont have to care about 663 if you dont care about
the HDMI 1.3 audio like True HD. 661 can handle these via multichannel
LPCM. If you say that you could hear a difference in sound quality
between multichannel LPCM vs True HD, then you may want to go for a AVR which can handle those formats. I doubt if anyone could tell a difference.
People talk about future proof. Just a few months ago no one would have
thought that HD DVD would come to an end.
I am not too concerned about future prrofing. I ordered 663 mainly because
I didnt like the 661 remote. If the 663 remote also sucks I probably would never ever buy another Yamaha because I dont want to spend some $150-200 for a universal remote when I dont have several gear that I need to operate. I didnt like 661 SQ. I have the old 795a which I found to be better
than 661. I am just taking a chance that my 661 might have been defective
and that the 663 would be just as good as 795a or 659 if not better.
These days manufacturers of mass market AVR's just want to come up with a cheap product with lots of bells and whistles but compromise on performance i.e sound quality. So you are better off using these cheapo AVR's as a pre.pro and get an external amp like Rotel RB-1050 (for 2ch)
or RMB-1066 for 6 ch. This would work a lot better if you have good 8ohm speakers.
But if you have HTIB kind of speakers, the mass marlet AVR's would be just fine.
Considering the fact that a basic 2ch pre.pro like Rotel RC-1070 costs $499,
spending $399 for the 663 would be a no brainer, provided the pre.pro
section of the 663 is just as good as the Rotel RC-1070. I am not sure if this is the case.