Originally Posted by Infoseeker
In a minimalist, but decent, approach. Would a Yamaha Rx-v665 be a good receiver to get for headphone video-gaming console use (Xbox, PS3)?
Another side-question, are these thing's hardware stable enough; to ignore getting a 3-year warranty?
Any reason to go with a rx-v663 instead (relative to headphone use)? or a used rx-v1800 or rx-v3800 (both ~$700 used); again in terms of headphone use?
Finally I will have a device I can split the HDMI's audio and video signals; and can set it to pass through too!
Get a used 3800 for 700.. The 665/663 skimp on build quality issues, less vibration control, smaller PS, more noise, etc.. This effects the headphone outs as well.. The better the Yamaha, the better the headphone section in general. That's my personal experience. I use my Yamaha 1800 for gaming & moving watching with headphones.. Exceeded my exceptions in every way.. A bit on the warm side, slight coloration, tight, well controlled bass, excellent noise floor, especially through digital. I'd still get the 3800 over the 1800.. Even more isolation of the analog section, quiter PS, & low level jitter circuitry over HDMI & optical.. With the 1800 it's only optical.