Warranty Claim : Free Yamaha RX-V675 or £70 for Sony DN-1040

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  1. Yamaha RX-V675 - Free

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  2. Sony STR-DN-1040 - Pay the extra £70

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  1. mklock

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    Hi All,

    I had an issues with my Sony STR DG-820 AV receiver during the recent storms. It was on surge socket and wasnt on but it lost picture the following morning. It was covered under an extended warranty. The Extended warranty company have written it off due to its age.

    I have been given two choices effectively

    OPtion 1 : They will supply a Yamaha RX-V675 Reciever but charge me postage or
    Option 2 : i can receive a cheque for £400ish. Which i was thinking of buying a Sony STR DN-1040 Ac receiver which would cost me around £70 extra

    Both Receivers have great reviews , although according to What Hi FI the Sony just pips the Yamaha at the post on Clarity of Voice mostly.

    Question is would you take the Yamaha or Spend the extra cash on the Sony.

    I cant make my mind up so i thought id see if you could help :)

    Thanks

    Mike
     
  2. dante01

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    What speakers do you currently have?
     
  3. mklock

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    That probably would help :)

    I have the KEF KHT2005.3 system. Only running 5.1 surround.
     
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    If you were happy with the sound you had from your previous Sony then you'll like what you hear in relation to the DN1040. I'd take the rave reviews awarded to it by What Hifi with a pinch of salt, but it does offer a lot you'll not get from similarly priced receivers. It has both wireless and inbuilt Bluetooth as well as a second HDMI output.

    I think it would purely be down to personal preference and I gues the only real way to determine this is for you to go and listen to both receivers? The Yamaha will portray a warmer signature sound than the Sony, but your KEF speakers should be happy with either. As I said,, if you liked the sound of you previous Sony then I see no reason why another Sony wont put a smile on your face.
     
  5. mklock

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    Its a funny one really. I bought the original sony STR -DG820 for around the £350 and paired it with some Tannoy FX5.1 speakers but found voice clarity during DVD/Bluray as too low. So i upped the game shortly after with the KEF speakers and although marginally better, i was still disappointed when watching movies at a normal(wife) level. I always assumed until recently that id cheaped out on the Reciever. However i had been using the PS3 for playback. Although there are many threads on this and most users say that it wont make a differnce. Recently i purchased a panasonic bluray player and the sound issue improved a fair bit. So prior to the new Blu ray player i would have probably taken the Yamaha.

    So i suppose its the voice clarity which is the main driver between the two.
    Im not really bothered by the extra HDMI port.
     
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    I would go for Yamaha RX-V675 because I think there best with music more than Sony though Sonys are fine for 5.1 or 7.1 sound if not interested in music.
     
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    I'd also seriously consider saving yourself £50 by taking the money offered and buying yoursekf last years RXV673. This years model is basically no different to last years apart from the inclusion of an additional MHL HDMI input.

    Yamaha RX-V673 7.2 network receiver - from Audio Express
     
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    I agree take the money & sound test all amps within your budget.
    Let your own ears decide & dont make the mistake of believing other people opinions or reviews.
     
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    The thing is, most of the places that sell Receivers locally have gone Bust. finding somewhere to test will prove difficult. This morning im thinking that my old Receiver was the sub £350 mark, so will the Yamaha in the sub £500 category sound better anyway?
     
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    Neglible diffence in SQ IMHO, at your price mark, all the £500 AVR will have over the £350 AVR will be extra HDMI's, bit more power per channel and possibly networking option
     
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    Thanks for all your replies.

    I have opted to accept the Cash and think about my options.

    Im thinking as there may be no real difference between the sound processing i may opt for the Cheaper Sony STR-DN840 and use the remaining cash for something else.

    Mike
     

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