Summary: This receiver is a great buy because it has very even sound and produces a clear spacious sound. I listen to VMAx Near on 2 channel mode and I have to say it sounds like you are at a live performance. You hear every little detail, the snap of the snare, the tap of the drum stick hitting the symbol, the vocals vibrant and detailed. This receiver may have been made in 2003 but it is built like a tank!
Summary: I have this paired with athena s5s and a 300 sub. the sound is sweet for everything: PSX. movies -- dialogue & sfx, and of course music -- bright, crystal clear, wonderful range and musicality. night mode is great feature if listening late and worried about neighbors. only gripe: unit needs an illuminated remote that is more easily programmable. I got mine from HK online - refurbished for 420. w shipping and same warranty.
Summary: This receiver just oozes quality. It is solidly constructed, beautifully designed, and has amazing sound quality. Don't be fooled by the 55WPC power rating; this thing plays louder and with more integrity than the 100WPC stereo receiver it replaced. It's a cinch to set up, especially with the automatic speaker balancing feature. This thing has more ports than I'll ever need, and that's a great feeling. I've only had it for a week, but I love it.