A couple of weeks ago now I purchases a Yamaha amplifier and also a Jama 5.1 speaker setup. The reason for this being that since I have been using my PS3 both as my blu-ray player and also my primary DVD player, I have been using my TV solely for the sound. Now granted, a large proportion of the films I watch are late at night, and as such I tend to wear (very good quality) headphones, but still when I do watch films during the day, the lack of decent surround sound has been noticeable.
Previously I had a DVD/amplifier combo, but this was getting very old in the tooth and also it lacked any optical hdmi inputs and as such I could not hook up my PS3. So really this needed replacing. I had toyed with getting an Onkyo unit, but in the end I decided upon the Yamaha DSP-AX763, which I managed to get at a reduced price (as new models are due out soon).
Overall I’m very impressed, it supports hdmi v1.3, Dolby True HD, DTS-HD amongst others. Comparing regular 5.1 to either Dolby True HD or DTS-HD does really reveal a crisper, cleaner sound. I can even go up to 7.1 should I wish in the future. One of the main reasons that I went for the Yamaha over the Onkyo is that the Yamaha also features a Silent Cinema mode, which recreates the 5.1 experience even using headphones.
The only downside is that the amp plays havoc with the brightness and contrast setting and I have had to re-tweak everything. That and the fact that I’ve had numerous sound settings on the amp to tweak and the PS3 to set up all over again. Anyway, I’ve spent the last few weeks tweaking everything until I’m reasonably satisfied.
Anyway, here is a picture of the model:
As can be seen, it has more than enough inputs (although a couple of extra hdmi would have been nice).