I purchased this amp 4 months ago, partnered with Davis Acoustic, Da Vinci II speakers for front and centre. I am driving 5 channels using the bi-amping option on the main speakers.
The surround experience is all embracing
The detail it pulls out of the classical music is wonderful, and has encouraged me to start downloading high resolution recordings. I often select the "Direct" option for music, making the signal path as simple as possible, for slighty added clarity. Interesting to see the way Yamaha turns off the display in Direct mode.
For music events on TV, the 7 channel stereo option enhances the feeling of "being there" where Dolby encoding is not available.
A great all rounder!!
I have a choice between Yamaha RX-A1010 or the Pioneer SC-LX72 at our local dealer. Both are being sold at a bargain - sub £600. Can't seem to make my mind up. I have chosen Monitor RX8s for the front and RX1 for the rear with RXW 12 as my sub. I have a lot Apple equipment so would like wireless connectivity which neither of them have but I could perhaps find a way round that instead of spending a few more hundred pounds for the lx-75 or the RX-A1020. Would be grateful for any thoughts
We like the Yamaha a lot, as you can tell from the review, but haven't heard the SC-LX72.
Would you go with Monitor Audio BX 5 for this amp?
What would you be using with them for the surround speakers? Also, it's worth noting that the BX5s don't sound at their best if they're placed too close to a rear wall because they have both front- and rear-firing reflecx ports.
Is the Yamaha RXA1010 an old model being phased out this year?
Yes it's being replaced by the yamaha RX-A1020, so now is a good time to pick up the RXA1010 for around £500 if you shop around.
personally i still reckon its too early to swap out an hd audio equipped reciever/avr which cost £1200 in 2009 for the sake of 3D passthrough.I must say the inherent brightness of pioneers last 3 sc lx81/2 & 3 hasn't helped sway my decision to replace my lx70.Of course detail levels are incomparable,but neutral brute force movie sound cannot be gotten from the digital sc lx modelas it can however from the vsx lx70 along with punchy if not over detailed musicality.But this yamaha or the 2010 certainly looks like they are worth a thorough audition,seem good value too.Since pio have lost it momentarily with bdps,i think its time to jump ship.The mid to highrange yamahas always hit top marks here.If i like it il wait a couple mths or early summer to buy it.Holiday season is always a good time to catch a bargain.
maybe its because they deserve top marks as its become one of the most competitive fields has the avr section....i think this yamaha seems serious value along with pioneers vsx lx55.
Sorry but I have to disagree with your conclusion regarding this amplifiers 'lack of fine detail'. It is there by the bucketload! It's one of it's qualities. But the rest of your review is good. Oh and it has 8 HDMI in (not 5).
Yes, realise it has 8 HDMI, but sadly our CMS only allows us to select up to a maximum of five. Hope to get that sorted soon.
No umbucker, we don't give everything five stars. Far from it, as you can see here and here.
I think WHF are perhaps being a bit too generous with 5 star ratings on AV Receivers lately making it dificult to find the best product. If everything is 5 star whats the point ?
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