Bill, thanks for publishing those graphics, that is the kind of long-running "truism" or mantra I was speaking of. I notice the Klipsch brochure uses the phrase "if the walls and floor were optical mirrors..." but they're not, of course.
I don't care what anyone says, I have and had both Emotiva 3 pieces and Yamaha one. You can not make blanket statements about any company, not all models are the same as with any company. The 3 Emotiva pieces worked as well as any for twice the price, the Yamaha is about 18 years old and works 100%.
I'm not talking about on junk speakers.
Yes there are yamaha's that are not good usually the cheaper models, like most companies.
Better, of course there always is, but sometimes higher prices means nothing, each model can sound different. If you read here you can see certain models stand out and it's not always the most expensive.
Sorry, just don't like blanket statements, it's false and misleading. If you remember at one time Yamaha had a terrible reputation for sounding flat or thin, but as people tried them they found it was not true and they got a better reputation almost immediately. You just can't call a brand bad because of "the one you tried in your room, with your ears and speakers", yea that makes sense, must be all bad.
Rakkmutt, I am not trying to talk you into either of these brands, go to your dealer and listen to different models for yourself, with the speakers you have if possible. If not something that sounds close or at least on the same set of speakers, and decide for yourself. You are lucky to have a place like that.