Summary: I used the SA-XR55s to transfer my mothers video tapes to DVD, I just wish it had the up-scanning and features of the DMR-E80H as far as editing and dub quality selection. But it is what it is.
Unless you´re after HDMI, you´ll be very satisfied with this receiver.
3 March 2013
Summary: By 2006 I was using the Panasonic SA-HE200 receiver but I switched to a Pioneer Elite VSX-74TXVi THX Select 7.1 ch, which had by then the most recent HDMI version, 140 wpc and auto calibration. I recognize this is an excellent performer but I´ve always found it more shy than my previous Panasonic in terms of bass reproduction and also a bit difficult to balance speakers with subwoofer. Also, HDMI version is now outdated.
Summary: I have two of these, one used for HT and the other for two channel listening. The specs are the specs and there's no need to repeat them. The bottom line is the sound. We play mostly classical music with this thing hooked up to Paradigm monitor 60's. Properly set up, the sound reporduction is detailed and absolutely gorgeous. Listening to piano trios with your eyes closed, you would swear that you were in the studio with the players. Quite astonishing for the price.
Summary: I bought specifically because of space constraints. The receiver looks good and even better - SOUNDS GREAT!! It's not going to compare to the AVR monoliths that Onkyo, Yamaha and Denon are producing. But for a receiver priced under $175 it is a great value.
Summary: this amp has many features, powerfull for a small system, but many of the functions need to be operated only on the amp it self or only with the remote, which is kind of annoying. Functions need to be equally available on both the remote and the amp. other than that, it's great!
Summary: Being a former sound engineer, I had my doubts about the Hoopla on digital amps, but I have to say that I was more than positively surprised by the sound clarity and definition this receiver produces. Basses are clearly defined without being too boomy, mids and treble seem even in all frequencies. If you have some material to play with percussive elements and a wide dynamic range, the receiver will play out its full strength of keeping true fidelity to the source.