I am debating between these two systems. Just curious on peoples thoughts and what they think is better.
I realize this thread is 9 months old, but it attracted my attention and so I think it would attract the attention of anyone who has done a search. I thought I'd review my experiences for anyone else who found this thread.
I'd recommend the Yamaha system...it has a POWERED subwoofer (the amp is in the subwoofer cabinet and the line-level connection is an RCA subwoofer cable) and the Onkyo system likely does not (the amp for the sub is in the receiver and the sub hooks up with wires just like the rest of the speakers). It's a big enough difference that Onkyo would specify powered if it were. I have purchased quite a few Onkyo systems and every time I bought one with a "passive" (i.e. not self powered, having the amp in the sub cabinet) I took the system back and exchanged it for one that did have a powered sub. Believe me, the difference is phenomenal!
My two Onkyo receivers (one a 6.1 system and the other a 7.1 system) were bought "refurbished"...never a second of trouble from either of them and NO appearance "blemishes". I'd buy any Onkyo system that has a powered sub again, I think they are a great deal!
I like Yamaha equipment, but don't have much because I REALLY like my Onkyo stuff...but in this case I'd buy the Yamaha if it were me.