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which amp do you fancy?

I am actually thinking about that v571. One of Amazon's partners, Stereo Advantage has it for $329 with free shipping. They are an authorized Yamaha dealer (unlike a couple others listed) so that would help with any warranty problems. Of course, they have all those other shipping hassles should there be a problem, restock fees, etc, I'm jut hoping there wouldn't be any.

It claims to have video upscaling which the v573 does not which I find odd.


I look at the specs and I couldn't find reference to upscaling. But upscaling is what you Really Need. And, since the V571 can handle 7.1, if you decide on extra speakers you’ll have the capability. Better to have than have not.

I found this little tidbit on a thread in the avsforum from last year.

"Personally, I would skip over the 571 and goto the 671. As memory serves, the 671 is the step up model where they use discrete amp stages (rather than chip amps,) and upgrade the power supply (compared the 571 and 671 weights.) And there's probably some other step up features. The 600 series is often the sweet spot in Yamaha's lineup, with the cheaper models having the most compromises."

So when you were talking discrete amp, was it this stage or chip thing you meant?

Discrete means each channel is individually handled (separate Burr-Brown DAC for each) and each has a final stage amplifier. Some times this is a chip and sometimes huge wire-wound transformers. The latter are the most expensive and determining factor having them is speaker selection – some high-end speakers can be quite finicky on what they’re fed and need a specific ohm range to work (most speakers are eight ohms but some high-end get petulant if not fed four-ohms). All your speakers are eight ohms.

Just cornered DH as he was heading out the door to deer camp and he essentially said he trusted me to find something good, reasonable, that will last "forever". I told him forever is at most 15 years. So at the very least I have officially dumped the v373.

Okay I amend my best of situations (cool beer and cool amp) to include a venison burger. Living in the wilds of MI does have its benefits.

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