I have the Athena Micra 6 and it's a fantastic package, though I haven't heard them against the Tykes. Both of these seem to be regarded quite nicely here. I have mine paired with the Onkyo TX-SR502 and, for the price, couldn't be happier.
Presonaly compared both - Onkyo HT-L970 and Yamaha YHT-760 and settled on the Onkyo as to my ears the sound is a lot better some what richer and deeper sound + it is 6.1 as well as has lots of Video inputs (not to mention a S-video => component upscaler) and can be customized alot.
It has both Movie and CD setings on the reciver plus as well it play mp3s! and with 6 CD/DVD changer you can have a good portion of your libray loaded (it even plays DVD full of MP3 songs)
I decided upon the Athena Micra 6 package and bought one without hearing it because of all the good reviews on this site and I am thrilled at the sound quality. I have it connnected to an Onkyo TXSR602 reciever. Check Amazon.com for the speakers $249.00 right now, and look on Ubid.com or ecost.com for a reciever, you can pick up a remanufactured unit for about half price of new. Mine came from ubid and looks brand new. I got it for $232.00 total. I am not much for boxed sets like the onkyo or yamaha, I have always felt like you get better quality when you buy things individually, imho.
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