Definitely not, I don't know what's going on with his setup but it's unfortunate that he is having a bad experience.is anyone else experiencing small sound from this AVR
My Yamaha 2070 replaced a Denon with Audyssey XT32 and I am much happier with the Yamaha and I feel that the Denon is a very good receiver. I also have an Onkyo 818 with Audyssey XT32 in another house that also sounds really good but I prefer the Yamaha. One thing that is very noticeable to me is the way that the Yamaha steers the surround effects around the room so distinctly in each channel. The Denon and Onkyo seem to blend the audio from channel to channel a little which is something that you would have to hear to understand. I would venture to guess that Audyssey and YPAO have different approaches and theories as to how to set channel delay which is what I am hearing.
I have had no issues with dynamics, "small sound", subwoofer EQ, etc. I will add that my Rythmiks bond much better with the Yamaha than they did with the Denon or Onkyo and it's quite a difference with music which is the majority of my use.
Yamaha, Denon, Onkyo, Marantz....all great stuff but all a little different.