<font color='#000000'>Hi everyone!
I'm an absolute newbie to Home Theater, so please bear with me!
I purchased a Sony HT-DDW840
system a few days ago. After initial setup (I connected it to my Audigy2 using the coaxial and the 5.1 inputs), I was very pleased with the sound, but after some careful listening I noticed a constant hiss coming out of all speakers (more details here
if anyone's interested). After a lot of tweaking, I went back to the store and the salesman offered to replace it with a new unit if I couldn't solve the problem. But he also offered to change the brand/model if I so desired, offering a slightly more expensive system consisting of the Yamaha RX-V430
receiver and the NS-P320
The problem is, of course, a matter of choice (sorry, just saw Reloaded for the second time
The speakers seem better (89 db versus 85 db for the Sony's), but the subwoofer in the Yamaha set is just 50 W with a 16 cm. cone, how would it compare to the sub included with Sony's kit, which is rated at 100 W with a 20 cm cone?. Besides, I have no idea about the comparative quality of the receivers, so I'm turning to you for some advice. I'm on a tight budget, of course, and audio gear isn't available in all the flavors you have, so those are about the only options I currently have (maybe an Onkyo tx-ds494 or a Pioneer vsx-d810s would be in the same price range, but I'm not sure if they have them in stock). Any help greatly appreciated!
PS: Well bummer, I just read the manual carefully and it clearly states that the figure of 100 W at 0.09% THD is only for the US and Canada models, all the rest have 0.7% THD, which I assume isn't too good. Does it make much of a difference, as in "drop it and get another one ASAP"?</font>