Fred L. Oliver "Act Like you KNOW! Don't go ..., Amazon
4 June 2012
Summary: I had to have this theatre receiver. I took a risk and spent some cash but this system ROCKS!!!!! No regrets. I agreee with other reviewers to be able to do changes and set up with ON SCREEN display would have been better. Preset's are pretty good with this system but I found the SURROUND to be more appealing and the ultimate setting for all media listening and watching.
Summary: The best feature of the Panasonic SA-BX500 surround receiver is it's bi-amplification and bi-wiring capability. Unlike most receivers, which make you sacrifice a surround channel for the bi-amp feature, I get full 7.1 surround along with biamping the front tower speakers by giving up the "second room" feature, so I gain much-needed clean digital power into my front Polk towers, with the crossover routines built right in to the receiver.
Summary: This is by far, one of the best A/V receivers that I've owned period. No gimmicky, useless features. Excellent quality sound for either music or movies. Full HD surround for Blu-rays. Simple setup without an on screen menu.. Who cares... The included mic and auto setup worked perfectly fine for me and my mixed brands of speakers. Movies sound seamless, open and spacious. Excellent layout of the back of the unit for quick and easy hook-up time.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Clean Sound, Durable, Easy To Set Up, Excellent clarity, Full HD Surround Sound, Good Power
Summary: First off, my $[...] Denon (bought it slightly used - originally it was $[...]) died last week, so time for a replacement but I really didn't want to spend that much again. I saw the SA-BX500 at Fry's electronics for $[...]. I wasn't sure about it because I only owned Denon, Onkyo, and Sony in the past. But I thought - hey I love their home theater HD projectors so it has to be decent.
Summary: I bought this panny yesterday from Frys and it costs $249.0. I like the performance although this is not better than my Rotel amp but better than my old Yahmaha one. I tried to play blu ray through my htpc and it works fine. Since this is an entry level amp and the price is pretty good, I strongly recommend to buy one and enjoy its DBHD and DTSHD.
Summary: It's pretty amazing that such a great sounding AV receiver can be had for so little money. This light weight receiver delivers the goods in terms of sound quality and can handle the new HD audio processing (Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD). If you're in the market for a budget AVR, you should consider this Panasonic. The price is in the budget range, but the sound quality is worth several times over the price. What I like: - Very clean detailed sound.
Summary: This receiver has amazing output, by far the best multi channel for under a grand. I have it pushing a pair of Zu Audio Essence loudspeakers and the sound is beyond description. Short of spending over $2000 for a 2 channel, I don't think I could be getting better sound.
Summary: No frills receiver without the mediocre video processing customary in entry level units, great sound, biampable front speakers, and HD bitstream decoding. Follows a long tradition of Technics/Panasonic digital amplification, all in 11 lbs. of receiver! OK, the unit is installed. My system: 1. Polk RT800i biamped / CS400i / M5 surrounds / PSW250 sub. 2. Monster HTS3500 conditioner. 3. Sony XBR910 1080i TV. 4. Samsung BD-P2550 BD/Netflix/Pandora. 5.