Get the Denon D-M33 ... its a good set. When cash allows, grab yourself a pair of Mission M71s and listen to the soundstage open up ... So far for this range, the Denon or the onkyo can't go wrong. Maybe you want to PM garion for his opinion .. he's using 1 set with a pair of Missions.
tis 2 r in 4 a close fight till d day i actually get either. i do hav a pair of Mission M71 at home. its w/ me 4 several yrs.
D-M33 sounded slightly on d warm side in-store, speaker cable may hav played a part (CS-210 oso). (after adjusting its tone controls 2 my preferance)
CS-210 lacks d finesse of D-M33, but still a v competent system. like diff tea diff fragrance?
tis 2 systems were at diff stores so its not a v fare comparison.
both r closely matched in terms of
. design (no annoying fanciful blinking LED lightz on front panel)
. build (aluminium front panel)
. sound quality (handles most genre of music well)
. size (small in size, big on performance)
Yamaha did hav a range of 3 designer minis (table-top TSX10, 15 & 20) some time ago but were sonically less competent (even d most costly of d 3!). i m still taking my time 2 look 4 otherz as i m not in a hurry 2 buy (unless got gd discount!:bsmilie: ).
Teac CR-H100 is also a gd contenter but dunno where selling...:dunno: oh, i left out JVC's 1st WoodCone(TM)* mini compo. if its abt $500 i betta go sound it out b4 its phased out!!:sweat:
Put functions and likes and dislikes aside and concentrate on the sound quality, which i mean is important in the long run. Personally tested these sets before ... i'd still go for Denon. Somehow, yamaha excels in its DSP chips found in their HT amps .. i stand by them ... as for their mini-systems, something seems to be missing.. i'd go for denon anytime as somehow they sound much different and much better...Teac is out definitely.
Going by statistics ... denon has won the most awards for their mini-systems seriously ... :thumbsup:
Seriously I don't understand why you don't like rear ported speakers vs front ported ones. I'm using both - KRK Systems ST6 & Spirit Absolute Zero ... both of these are studio monitors and are neutral sounding ... the KRK - Front ported ... Spirts - Rear (and they sound better than the KRK i have to admit) ... connected to a pre / power seperates system