The SC-LX87 is said to be closest to the Anthem MRX-710 in SQ.
Has Yamaha really come on this much in one generation?
I recently bought not this one but the Pioneer SC-LX87.
I did also a lot of research before I decided to buy this one. I compared and listened to a lot of top range AV's from Yamaha, Denon, Marantz, etc... and this Pioneer SC-LX87 is absolutely the upperclass receiver of them all, leaving all others miles back as a dot in its rearview mirror.
The SC-LX87 is an outstanding fabulous AV receiver. It really knocked me down to the floor with its amazing performances both on visuals and sound.
I also listen vinyl on it and also there it doesn't sound too bright as it sometimes does on pioneer receivers.
It gives a very detailed but warm sound. It has amazing digital features and it really blows me away everytime I listen to it or watch tele or blue ray on my projector.
Absolutely 10/10 points !
Check the review of the Pioneer SC-LX87 also on the Whathifi website
I currently own RXA-3020, and for movies it's great and it's true that the unit sounds better after it warms up. For music performance there is certainly much room for improvement.
It's not very nice to look at, is it? The glossy black upper section on the front looks good, but then the lower section is at a strange angle. It seems to be trying to look like two black boxes rather than one (a good thing), but fails miserably. The two knobs are (inexplicably) a different colour to the rest of the facia. When are designers going to realise that buying a new amp of this price generally involves a husband and a wife's decision, and one of those people generally doesn't like "filling my livingroom with ugly black boxes". We've got some rather nicely designed "style" speakers and even some 'traditional' speakers that look good, but no-one seems to have bothered to take this approach in amp design.
Thats why Pioneer, Marantz/Denon do so well as they are so capable now but also carry a good WAF;)...I hadn't listened to music on my av receiver for a while but even though i was listening to a 3.5 year old sc-lx72, it still brings a smile to my face.
I have all the radio streaming i want with DLNA, playing CDs, music files through the lx-55 bluray player or simply playing i-tunes on my PC through my av receiver. It still sounds like a beast...(imo)
I used to own a Yamaha A2010 and this review matches almost 100% my experience. It only lasted 6 months in my home and I was very happy when I sold it specially because I did not like it at all for music.
More than 50% of the features: Ethernet, DNLA, radio FM/AM, bluetooth, spotify, phono, etc. are designed for music but it is totally incompetent and, still gets 5 starts? With this rating system I am not surprised that AVR industry will never see the need fix this major gap once and forever.
If magazines would have been rating non-musical AVRs with 2 stars over the past decade, we would definetly have a completelly different situation in the market right now.
I hope Yamaha Improve the music handling. maybe addding the music mode and then optimizing the setting.
TBH first & foremost i would buy an av receiver for its movie playing capabilities, then stereo/multi ch music. FM at home radio seems to be getting superceded by streaming anyway & ive never seen any good Yamaha multi ch amp or receiver only get a 40% score from 100% or 2 stars from 5.
IMO its the likes of bluetooth, spotify & airplay that show a receivers bad side when it comes to music. They are movie machines to begin with & if you get one say like this one or Pioneers sc-lx85 it carries the added bonus of playing a good CD or multi ch bluray concert in style.
Has Pioneers 5-year reign of awards at this pricepoint come to an end with the sc-lx87?, it would be a shame if it was reviewed in novembers issue. The Yamaha,like the Pioneer don't seem that different to last years models.
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A great amp with some notable musical skills, but it loses a star compared with its better-performing, better-specified rivals
Another admirable and attractive soundbar from LG, pipped to that fifth star by fierce competition
The large screen and punchy picture are highly attractive for this price, but you’ll have to forego the smart features and Full HD resolution
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