Summary: A trip to Best Buy proved to me that my 8 y old Sony was outdated. I never realized all that I had been missing. I bought a Denon AVR-X2000, great sound good finish, but had a HDMI input problem out of the box, I took it back and took what is considered a VERY reliable receiver. My comparative findings; Yamaha RX a730 sound quality for movies is better, Yamaha has a VERY complicated Remote full of stuff you don't need or can't read, the buttons are plenty and very small,...
Summary: Upgraded from a Sony STR-DN1000 and couldn't be more pleased. Never realized what I was missing from my Definitive Technology ProCimema 1000 setup. I actually hear much better improved low level sounds and wonderful Bass management. The surrounds are much more enveloping. Takes a bit of tinkering to get all the options dialed in per source input but in the end you'll be pleased. No issues passing HDMI thru Xfinity X1 Cable Box, Apple TV and Sony BD player.
Summary: I have other audio systems that cost thousands of dollars and this blows them out of the water. The setup, while long results in an amazing sound. The clarity is unbelievable. It was very easy to setup and firmware updates are a cinch. I highly highly recommend this receiver.
Replaced AVR-991 and got future proofed to 4K TV (later)
Jo B. Williams, Amazon
20 February 2014
Summary: My AVR-991 is unhappy and keeps shutting down and going to protect mode (even with nothing connected). Have generally been very happy with the AVR-991, but decided to fix the AVR-991 and move to a art studio / basement exercise room area and replace with a newer equivalent device. The new AVR has mostly the same specs, but can handle and up convert 4K video signals.
Summary: I used to love Denon (and Yamaha). After a good 6 years of service my old Denon's HDMI ports bit the dust (AVR-2807) I decided to try another one. This time it was the AVR-X2000. Honestly, my overall thoughts about this device is that it did not blow me away. Yes, I get it that it isn't a McIntosh or other high end system, but none the less I expected more. I am not sure what my expectations were, exactly, but apparently this didn't fit the bill.
Summary: I bought this receiver to drive a 7.1 surround sound system for my home theater. What amazed me is how everything worked right away without adjustments. This is truly a plug and play receiver and works great for cable TV, Blu-ray movies, or Netflix streaming from my tablet. The receiver's processor detects the speakers and subwoofer and the setup menu simply walks you through an easy calibration process. There is nothing to figure out.
Summary: I'm not an audiophile expert. I cannot afford the best of the best, or even the better of the better. Like most I suppose, I rely on other "experts", and read their reviews before shelling out a precious "reasonable" allowance. First, there's a ton of subjectivity going into an opinion on a set of speakers or an amplifier. Ultimately you have to sample a lot and learn to trust what YOU like. It's analogous to wine tasting or looking at art.
Excerpt: I’m not an audiophile expert. I cannot afford the best of the best, or even the better of the better. Like most I suppose, I rely on other “experts”, and read their reviews before shelling out a precious “reasonable” allowance. First, there’s a ton of subjectivity going into an opinion on a set of speakers or an amplifier. Ultimately you have to sample a lot and learn to trust what YOU like. It’s analogous to wine tasting or looking at art.
Summary: I was a bit taken back by how simplified it is. I guess i prefer a more in depth remote like I've been used to on old Denon AVR's. Denon's remote app is terrible. But there is several other free ones to try. Very clean design with straight forward back panel layout. It has a plastic, not aluminum front facia. But this is a mid level AVR. More sound field settings than found on remote.