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Yamaha RX-V567 vs Sony STR-DH810?

Dr-Al

Standard Member
Replacing an ancient Panasonic SAHT05 Surround Amp & speaker combo with some separates. Total budget is supposed to be £400 but I know I won't stick to that. However there is NO WAY I can go over £500.

Pretty much decided on Canton 80CX speakers. I would have liked the Tannoy SFX 5.1 set but the centre is too tall for the shelf (wall mounting not an option due to spouse - also not easy with the room set up the way it is).

This leaves about £200-£300 for the Amp. I've pretty much got it narrowed down to a two horse race between the Yamaha RXV567 and Sony STRDH810.

These have pretty much identical feature sets where it matters to me but I was wondering if anyone has experience/opinions about pairing these with the Canton speakers?

The Sony can be had for about £30 less than the Yamaha so I'm kind of leaning in that direction but I had always thought that Yamaha outclassed Sony in the audio quality stakes so I'm still not decided.

Will be used for:
  • SkyHD
  • FreeviewHD from TV when 2 recordings on Sky
  • Games on PS3 & Xbox360
  • Blu-Ray on PS3
  • DVD on PS3 or Panasonic DVR
  • Music (streamed from Xbox)
  • Music (CDs played through Panasonic DVR via HDMI or optical)
Any steers towards one or the other appreciated.

PS - I'd love to audition them at Richer Sounds but I'm unlikely to be able to do this due to a hectic weekend Schedule! Also, the Canton speakers are in short supply and my local store will probably not have any by the weekend.

PPS - TV is Panasonic TXP46G20B

EDIT - Added Onkyo
 
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Dr-Al

Standard Member
Just looked at the Onkyo HTS6305 which features the TXSR508 receiver plus the HTP638 speaker package. This can be had for £400. I would lose the analogue video upscaling to HDMI that the Sony and Yamaha offer but I would gain a powered Zone 2 and an iPod dock (for if I ever get an iPod:facepalm:).

The plus side is that this meets the original budget but I'm not sure if the compromise in the sound quality is worth the £70-£100 saving over going with the other options.

Any thoughts?
 
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dvdmike

Well-known Member

boxrick

Well-known Member
Id personally look at the Yamaha RXV667 along with a pair of stereo speakers which i would upgrade to 5.1 over time. Will cost the same right now but sound miles better. Then allow upgrades of much better components over time.
 
A

andweb

Guest
Have you guys considered the Boston accoutics 5.1 (£220-260) the sub looks smaller but I don't know if it is, with one of the out going Onkyos (the 308 or 508) or the Yamahas? That would come in at around £430.
 

davepuma

Distinguished Member
If you're sticking with 5.1, the RX-V467 would be the more obvious option. Apparently it is identical to the 567 other than it is 5.1.
 

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