Summary: This receiver sounds beautiful, and is able to handle my 4 ohm axiom m80 towers with ease. I just bought an hdmi switcher to give me more hdmi connections, I may go with this setup for a while. Connect an apple tv to this receiver and it has most everything I need. 5 years later, I am still amazed by the sound quality. I wish panasonic would have continued with their digital receivers, I would be purchasing one right now.
Summary: A great unit for the price and it syncs well with my Pansonic Plasma and Pansonic DVD/VHS combo recorder/Player. The bummer is the surround portion pooped out about a month ago. ( I'll have to check into that. Maybe substitute some other speakers) I'm using any old speakers from previous failed equipment and it still sounds good ( of course I'm deaf as a stone but maybe Sara Palin can hear it from her house. After all that's all that counts right??
Summary: since i already have a sa-xr55, i knew what i was getting into when i bought the sa-xr57. the 57 looks better than the 55. beyond that the only main difference is the hdmi interface in the 57. but given its limited video sampling capabilities i find that hooking my dvd player directly to my sony lcd tv (which has better video sampling capabilities) gives me a clearer picture with hdmi. for audio i hook a coax cable from the dvd player to the receiver.
Summary: After reading so many reviews complaining about its video features, I still decided to go with XR57, the successor to XR55 THE GREAT simply because of the great audio output and XR57 certainly did not disappoint me at all. The sound is absolutely stunning from a sub-$300 amp. Paired with my Mirage OMNI 550, the sound is crystal clear with a plenty of punch at the low end.
Summary: 5 star sound, 2 star interface Bottom line: this receiver sounds great - but has a very clumsy interface, and doesn't fully support `Viera Link'. More detail: My setup: KEF HTS 2001 (front/center), Paradigm Atom surrounds, Paradigm PDR8 sub 42" Panasonic Viera 85U, Sony 700 DVD player, over the air HDTV What's good: I repurposed some audio equipment for this family room setup.
Summary: As I reviewed the listing for this product, it was not clear what resolutions it supported. if you have 1080p in your plans (and who doesn't), this is the wrong choice according to the user manual. This is probably a useful tidbit to include in the product description before shipping boxes around the country.
Great practical, full featured home theater receiver!
James R. Torrico "Neighborhood Tech-support", Amazon
20 July 2008
Summary: I was looking diligently for a home theater receiver that didn't require previous Jet Fighter Pilot experience to navigate through the numerous features. Although I would have no problem, I was setting up a home theater for my family, that they should be able to use without calling "Tech Support" (read that as "Me"!) to just watch a movie. I also have a 32" Panasonic LCD (TC-32LX85 - highly recommended) with the Viera Link system that I was hoping to use.
Summary: Bought this when my trusty marantz died. This was cheaper but it sounds just as good or better. Has some great features like duel amping, and bi amping as well as flexible bass management options which was important to me for home theater. Overall, a great buy.
Summary: I upgraded to this from an aging and ailing Aiwa receiver I purchased just before the end of the millennium. While the old girl had served me quite well, eventually her time had come. After a significant amount of consideration and consulting with my local A/V expert, I settled on the XR57 as the ideal blend of price and performance for my setup. In the price range of this receiver, there is absolutely no competition.