Will be blown away by this one! A real winner! Buy it!
23 April 2011
Summary: This is really a winner. All the amplification anyone would ever need, all the features anyone would want. After you get familiar with the on-screen display and where everything is located in those menus, then set-up is easy. And really, I think it's fun to play around in the menus, finding all the options and tweaking everything. Audio performance is top-notch. Really clean. Plus, you can bi-wire or bi-amp (the option I am using) to drive your speakers.
Summary: I have owned the 4810ci since Sept 2009. It is an amazing unit! I have 3 Emotiva amps (XPA-1,XPA-2 & XPA-5) and am using only 4 of the 4810's internal amp channels for the heights and wides. It sounds exceptional. I had 5.1/7.1 for many years and although it was very good, 11.1/3 sounds so much better. The realism is amazing. Sometimes it gives me goosebumps.
Summary: I have owned this reciever for just over 2 months now and I can say that this is top rate gear and really does seem to have it all. There is no way that you would be disappointed with the functionality it offers, however, this is not in any way a unit for the beginner. You need to have some understanding of home entertainment systems, as the customizable functions are tremendous but need to be used properly.
Summary: Initially, I went through the struggle of choosing separates (pre-amplifier and amplifiers) versus a receiver (where the pre-amp and amplifier functionality is built-in to one unit). I liked the flexibility of having separate components in case I decide to make changes in the future, but simply did not have the space in my audio area to accommodate multiple pieces, hence my choice to look at receivers.