Summary: I normally work well with technology but I have never worked with a sound system. It took me quite a while to figure out how to configure it to use the sub woofer. The place to plug it in is clearly labeled but this thing has more configurations and choices than I've ever seen. The manual was a little thin for the uninformed. Once I figured it out I loved it.
Summary: There's lot of garbage out there. Onkyo make a higher value product than most, e.g. Denon/Sony quality without the name-brand surcharge. Prefer it over weak bass Yamaha (for satellite speakers, it's great) or shrill H/K (if you have truly high-fidelity speaker systems, get this one).
Summary: This was just what I was looking for. I've owned Onkyo in the past, and was very satisfied. So far, no reason to think this receiver will be any different. It's perfect for my small apartment.