Good sound, but not great for HD (1080i and up) video switching
C. Logan "loganonmission", Amazon
12 January 2009
Summary: I was very excited to get this and I was able to get it for an amazing price from Amazon.com. When I got it, I couldn't wait to get it set up. I connected it to my speakers from my previous receiver (which I'm selling) and hooked it into my projector, HD cable box, DVD player, and Nintendo Wii. The receiver does an auto calibration, which takes about ten minutes but it seems to do a good job of setting everything just right.
Summary: This receiver is pretty impressive on paper and visually by oogling at all the ports on the back. The biggest thing to note, I believe, is that the 3 HDMI inputs are "pass-through" and do not extract audio and play it through the speakers connected to the receiver! (the audio will only go to the TV!) You NEED a secondary cable for audio (for each HDMI input!) and then you must configure the receiver to pair the corresponding HDMI input with the audio source.
Summary: From the manual, page 29 "If you want to listen through the speakers connected to the AV receiver, in addition to an HDMI connection you'll need to make a separate analog or digital audio connection." That is, one of the high points of HDMI (the fact that one cable transmits both audio and video) is completely lost in this receiver, since a second cable is needed for the speakers to function. Furthermore, the unit has 3 HDMI inputs but only 2 optical audio inputs.