Summary: I bought this for $160 slightly used. Very satisfied with 5.1 Dolby surround sound performance. I would recommend this JVC receiver to everybody who needs a good 5.1 channel home theater receiver.
Summary: I bought this receiver as part of a discount "bundle" (w/speakers) at a large retail chain store. The receiver has "fried" twice now. The first failure required extensive downtime while the power supply was sent back to the manufacturer. I'm not waiting on the third failue--I'll be buying another brand.
Summary: I bought this reciever since it was one of the cheaper Dolby Digital and DTS recievers, I wasn't expecting much since i figured it to be on the lower end of the reciever chain, but to my amazement, this reciever is awesome, the sound quality is great, very accurate and clear. If you want a great reciever and don't want to spend tons of money, this one is for you.
Summary: I bought this machine as part of a home theatre package at Cambridge Soundworks in Boston. When I hooked it up (with the digital optical connection) to my Toshiba DVD player, it wouldn't reproduce any sound for the first 2 min. When it finally began decoding surround sound signals, it would promptly stop and not play for another two min. whenever the disc was paused or fast-forwarded, etc (basically, whenever normal 'play' operation was interrupted).
Summary: I don't buy the other reviews this amp has received. Those users must have been doing something wrong!!! My JVC pushed loud and hard for years. I only got rid of it due to an upgrade to 6.1 speakers. DTS and Dolby sound from my DVD through an Optical line gave fantastic results. This unit can handle 5.1 just fine...I think the other user must have something wrong with his DVD player! This amp was my first along my Home Theater journey...and it was a great first step!