Summary: I've had this for 8 years now and use it just about every day. The sound, whether it is from the coaxial audio cable coming from my DVD player or my occasional use of a great, old turntable, is excellent. There are enough inputs on the back to satisfy just about anyone's needs and the output for 5:1 (plus separate sub-woofer) gives clean separation between channels.
Summary: This receiver did its job very well. The sound output was acceptable for the setup that I was running and never had any problems no matter what level I had it set to. It does run a bit warm but as long as you have some space around it that shouldn't be a problem. It never stopped working but after a few years I could hear the cooling fan making noise.
Summary: Sounds good, but I bought a refurb unit and it smells really bad. I have smelt this smell before in new receivers, but never this strong and never this bad. I am worried the smell will not go away, maybe others can chime in and let me know if they had this smell when it was new?
Summary: This receiver fits every use I need, for home theater and just as a receiver. Has lots of power, which really makes my older tower speakers sound completely different! Added a JBL sub and will be adding some Bose 901's shortly to round out the system. My computer is too far away to use the the USB connectivity to stream music, but used my in-laws lap top closer to the receiver and it works great!
Summary: I like this receiver very much. I am not an audio pro, so I will not talk about sound quality and so on. To me it sounds good and that is all there is. However, I am more on PC side of things and I got it to wirlessly connect to my laptop, so I can control the music in the house from any place. Wireless works great. The USB transmitter that plugs into a USB port intalls itself and configures OS to run sound through it. A true PnP device.
For pre-digital video switching, this is the one to get.
21 December 2007
Summary: I was looking for a receiver that would switch whatever kind of anaolg video (i.e. composite, S-video, or component) and output component video. My TV is analog and good, so I have no use for digital video in or out. This is one of the few that will do that switching, and luckily it is an excellent receiver. The sound is great, noticably better than the Sony that I initially bought.
Summary: I am not into the home theater stuff but do like my stereo. This receiver sounds great and the wireless PC connection prevented me from having to look for a CD player that can play MP3's. For someone not familiar with home theater, connecting this can be confusing. To me it would have been helpful if the instructions had said which connections can be used for stereo components (e.g., I ended up with the CD changer connected via the TV audio input).
Summary: Phew -- of all things I needed over the busy holiday weekend -- my beloved old NAD "front" power amp lost a channel. I know that this means a two to three hundred dollar repair bill, so I decided it was time to pop for a modern, gulp, home theater receiver. Now you must understand -- I was an early adopter of a home theater setup way back when a/v receivers were regarded as devices incapable of producing superior sound.