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.
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.
Summary: I've had this unit for a couple of years. We use it with a Panasonic Viera TV and a Panasonic blu-ray player. The sound is superb. It really is fun listening to the THX sounds before or after a movie. The FM receiver works very well with good stereo separation and /sn ratio.
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.
Summary: You will pay extra because this is a low profile receiver. The features and faults you get would not be worth the extra money if this was a standard size receiver. A lot of the faults are understandable, based on the time this was designed.
Pros: The main reason I bought this thing... It supports 7.1 channels and it's a low profile receiver. The price was also great, probably because it has been discontinued.
Cons: It supports 7.1 channels but does not have an analog 7.1 channel input. How does that help my X-Fi sound card? And, as far as I know, SPDIF inputs only support 5.1 channels. This receiver can only output through the same interface type as the input. For example: If you input component video, you ...
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.
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...
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.
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"...