Summary: Kick butt, excellent performing receiving with inputs up the gazoo. Bought as a backup to my original Panasonic unit but too good to just sit there - will hook up other system asap. Nothing out there newer that can equal the versatility, power, and quality of this unit.
Solid A/V receiver with fantastic surround effects and power to spare
3 September 2012
Summary: Stunning audio quality and surround sound effects. Many adjustments for balancing sound field. Worth the time to tweak the balance / THX audio levels. At both high and average volume levels, audio quality is crisp and clean. More than enough video/audio inputs for all your DVD / Satellite / Computer / VCR / turntable and still more to spare. There is only one RCA digital audio in and 4 more TOSLINK optical audio inputs.
Summary: I've had this receiver for about 5 years with no problems, the sound clarity and seperation is fantastic. This receiver runs a little hot, but I paired mine with 100 watt boston acoustic speakers, and have had no problem with blown fuses. I have two other expensive 7.1 systems, and I have to admit, the HE 200 sounds better. The key to this receiver is to have a good center and a good surround back speaker.
Summary: I have had Sony and Kenwood and now this Panasonic. I have been happy for 3 years so far with no problems at all and no regrets. The sound is very clear and for the money you cannot beat it. I am going to invest in a new receiver this year and will try a high end brand with HDMI converter. I will still use this receiver in the second living room and will continue to be impressed with the sound.
Summary: I've had this unit since December 2004. It is used about 15 hours a week. This is not an $800-1000 surround receiver, but it does many things very well. FOR THE PRICE it deserves 5 stars. 3.5 - 4 stars if not considering price. Paired with some fairly efficient speakers (Sony SS-MB350H's) and a good amplifieded sub-woofer in a home theater configuration the sound is very very good at a very inexpensive price.
Summary: The unit I first took home had a blown channel. Exchanged it without any problem other than wasting half a day of my time. Then it worked fine for more than a year. Lately it started display F70 when I turn it on and I have to turn it on and off many times until it comes to life. Supposedly this is a blown internal fuse, though haven't verified yet. The point is, I have had two failures on two separate units in under 2 years.
Summary: Before buying a receiver I searched out all sorts of brands and price ranges like I do everytime I buy a product. Usually, I end up becoming enamored by the most expensive product and shell out the big bucks to have the best. However, I happened to be in Circuit City picking up a stylus or something and they happen to have a super sale on this receiver, so, on an impulse and because it was only $250 as I recall, I decided to give the receiver a try because it was pretty...
Summary: It's true, this receiver isn't the most powerful or certainly the easiest to use; however, it does do exactly what it advertises itself to do. And, that's a lot. It delivers reasonable 6.1 sound, and gives you a fairly pure sound that is quite distinct in its channeled effect. The best part of this receiver for me was that it allowed me to upgrade my Technics rack system without sacrificing any of the main components.