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I recently bought a used Yamaha RX-V659 7.1 receiver. Anybody have any experience with it? The guy I bought it from was a real audio freak and said he was selling it to get a receiver with HDMI. I am just wondering if that is a huge deal or not.
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I'm not sure how old this model is, but if it carries the Yamaha badge, it likely is of pretty solid quality.

http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/productdetail.html?CNTID=200506&CTID=5000300&RLTID=1504&DETYP=RELATION

HDMI is not incredibly important, but if I was looking to do a serious 5.1/7.1 home setup, I would only buy a receiver these days with it, and likely with HDMI 1.3 compatibility.

Yet, not having it is just going to keep you from enjoy uncompressed HD audio from a device (like Blu-ray) which doesn't have 7.1 audio outputs and internal HD audio processing. Yet, you can still deliver HD video via component, or by HDMI directly to your display and use digital audio via coaxial or optical to the receiver.

I would consider how much you spent on it as it carries as much of a warranty as any online purchase, etc. so you should not have paid more than $300 for the receiver for sure... Hopefully less.

At $250 or so, it's a pretty solid deal on a decent receiver.
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I paid $130.00 for the receiver on Craigslist. It is the receiver that I wanted to buy anyway but didn't really want to fork over $400 - $500 for it so I was probably going to go with a lesser receiver. I was going to connect the video from the Blu Ray to the projector directly via HDMI and then the audio via optical to the receiver.

Is there any advantage/disadvantage going optical over coax?

Really new to this. just trying to get the most out of it without giving the wife a heart attack over the prices.

Thanks again AV