Originally Posted by maur53
Yamaha RN803 Network Receiver, 100w/ch, Network Streaming, DAC, Room EQ, Full Bass Management, etc... - $750 -
Yamaha AS801, 100w/ch, Upgraded DAC - $899 -
Lots of info. Thanks. These are the two units from Yamaha I was considering.
This is a classic case of knowing what you want and need. I would say in general Integrated Amps are slightly higher quality that similar Receivers.
But you have to ask -
Do you need Network Streaming?
Do you need Room EQ?
Do you need Full Bass Management which is a must if you intend to add a Subwoofer?
Do you need Multiple Digital Inputs?
Then there is budget? You won't save much buying a Integrated, but it will allow you to expand the system over time, and spread the budget out. For some that's not just nice, but necessary. You overall cost will be higher, but it will be spread over time.
If I were in a position (win the lottery)
to buy a new system, it would definitely have streaming, but in my - oddball as always
- case, I would simply add a Computer to my Stereo System, and use it for streaming. In the long run that might be a mistake, but that's what I'm thinking now (if win the lottery)
. And if it doesn't work out as I imagine, I can add a Streaming unit cheap enough.
My point is you have to take a long hard look at what you want the system to do. Not what people want systems to do, but specifically what YOU want your system to do. The AS801 does things that the RN803 does not, and the RN803 does things that the AS801 does not. If you have no interest in Streaming (at least for now)
and your need for Digital Inputs is limited, then the AS801 makes sense.
But if the many additional feature of the RN803 are indeed of value to you, then of course that tips the scale in that direction.
But the choice is driven by a fair assessment of YOUR specific needs. There is no wrong choice, only the choice that serves you best.
Sorry for rambling.