Conclusion: The JVC RX-D702B receiver will take up half of the space yet sound twice as nice as your old power-hungry analog receiver. But be sure to give it ample cooling and keep it away from your DVR. The sound is loud and crisp, thanks to a digital amplifier and digital signal processing. You can even connect it directly to your PC via USB or wirelessly, to stream music from your MP3 collection.
Pros: Integrated two-port HDMI switch. Digital amplifier and signal processing. Slim profile and great looks. USB connection to PC or Mac OS X.
Cons: Runs hot. On-screen menus are 480i only. Wireless dongle has a short range.
Excerpt: During the first hour that the JVC RX-D702B surround receiver sat on my rack, it began to wirelessly suck MP3s out of my PC. Then it sensed the clapping of my hands and automatically set its channel levels. Unpredictable moves are typical of JVC, one of the most underrated companies in consumer electronics.