I am keen on purchasing an HT for my existing set up, Panasonic Plasma 42" (no ARC), and Panasonic DVD recorder and a WD media player ( for playing movies mainly that I download)
My old HT is a Creative Inspire that only accepts optical and coax inputs and had years of usage before the head unit stopped to work. ( Creative speakers and an unpowered sub)
My plan is to feed all the HDMI inputs to the receiver and have the one output to the TV.
I have been offered a good price of NZ$ 1500 for the Yamaha YHT 473 pack from HN.
I am waiting for a time when they have a x months deferred and x months interest free sale.
I have read very good reviews on the Receiver RXV473 which has networking and also airplay - I only have an Ipod but am an android man. so little use of the airplay I guess.
My lounge and kitchen dining is U shaped but the listening area of the U is about 3m x 5 m, and I only listen at low volumes.
1 At first glance what do you think of the Receiver ?
I know this is an open ended question, but I find that this system suits my budget.
The only concern is that if I were to get some decent floor standing speakers in the future ( Diamond 10 or a B&W) will I be able to drive them with the Yamaha 473? even at lower volumes?
I understand these high spec speakers are hard to drive and possible clipping may occur and the amp might struggle!
2 As my router is located elsewhere I plan to use a a homeplug AV500 to run the ethernet over the mains to hook up the receiver. Can the homeplug be used for pulling audio and video without stuttering although the bandwidth is quoted as 500mbps , in theory this is not the practical speeds you will get?
Any advise or experience using these kits to run LAN over the mains?
3 I cannot afford to go higher in price due to budget limitations and do not want to get second hand on Trade Me. The Yamaha system appeals to me as I would also like use the 2 way floor standers to listen music CDs. However the quality of MP3 on my hard drive using the WD media player will be not as good as its quite lossy , but this is also a method that I will use to listen some of music that I download. I know that there are lossless formats for ripping if I have CDs .
Something that I do not like is that the sub does not have a standby and remains on at all times, but without any input I suppose the idle current is minimal . Is this a biggie? Also the sub does not have a filter to adjust the frequency range and is all controlled by the amp
The amp also can switch its HDMI inputs while in standby which is very handy as all inputs will connected to the amp.
I have tried to place as much info as I can and would like your feedback