Originally Posted by Briguy65
I'm coming from a RS-V765 that was new around 2009, so not quite as old as your old receiver, but the TSR-7810 does sound the same or better with movies not encoded with DTS-X or Dolby Atmos. The YPAO seemed to work -- although it worked on the old one as well, at least it appears to get the distances right using the single point YPAO. It did say some of my speakers were large and I had to switch them to small. The TSR-7810 also has multipoint YPAO which I hear works really well, but I was too lazy to try it. To me, FM radio sounds about the same. Using Pandora though, sounds much better than the radio, which the old receiver doesn't have. The Wifi on the new receiver works great as well, and controlling it from a computer or a cell phone is pretty amazing. I felt silly changing the stations on Pandora from the bathroom, but it worked. (The door was open).
If there is a negative, is that the remote is not an upgrade, and the old receiver's remote seemed to have more functions than the new one.
At the price it was, $359+ ship and tax, $402 something total, I went for it. The RX-V659 is the only Yamaha thing I've ever had that I had any issues with at all, so I wasn't really afraid of buying something else they made. I hope the new one's auto setup works, but as long as it doesn't have to be hard reset and lose everything, I'll be ok. It sounded fine, except when I let it set itself up, it got nothing right at all. Not speaker size, distance, etc, it was totally off base, and would sound like you were in a bathroom playing an old transistor radio. I think I will like the cell phone control on the new one, I never liked the 659's remote much, mostly it was confusing and the light up keypad was a bad joke. One thing I notice and don't really like is the newer receivers of around the same level as the old ones seem to be getting lighter. I think the TSR-7810 is over 3 pounds lighter than the 659 is. I wonder where it came out? They are about the same size. Hopefully, it's not on the power supply. Of all my receivers over the years, my Panasonic SA-6500 (It says Technics all over the inside of it) from 1973 has by far the best FM I've ever heard short of a friend with big bucks' Sequerra, that thing was amazing. And it should have been for $2000+. My old SA-6500 finally died, but I bought one on ebay that has some cabinet issues, but plays fine and was $20 plus shipping. It's built like a tank, and I sold many of them back when I was selling stereo stuff in high school with my unit as a demo. I bought them on closeout for $212 from Dixie Hi-Fi, and sold them for $400 a pop. My dad practically had a meltdown when he saw all the boxes of them in the back seat of my car. He asked me what they were and I told him, then he started huffing and puffing, and said, "How much money is in the back?". I said, "I paid $1060 for all 5 of them!"(My second and final bunch). He starts yelling at me, "What if you get stuck with them?". After I told him to let me talk about 10 times, I told him, "I already sold all of them!". Oh, he got really quiet on the way home. The Panasonic stuff almost never had problems, but the cheaper Pioneer , Kenwood, and the worst, Sansui, no matter how much it cost, all had soldering issues back then. I got really good at finding bad solder joints on stuff because sending units in meant they were gone a long time, and I was able to fix the issues myself probably 98% of the time in less than 20 minutes. I would warn people about Sansui, but I still sold some of it. And regretted it. I dropped all the Sansui stuff, and the lower end Ken and Pioneer before I quit selling it totally in 1975 when I left town. Thanks for the reply.