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: 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: 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...
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"...
Summary: There are some really great reviews below so I will just share how mine is set up, what I love, what I like, what I don't like. Here goes... 1) speakers are klipsch reference 82; I also have a center channel and surrounds so currently 5.1 for TV and movies and bi-wired w/sub woofer for CD's...
Summary: I love this thing. However, it might be going back to the store because it can't handle 1080p! I'm dissappointed. I should have read the owner's manual not just the specs on the store's website.
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.
Limited functionality: home theatre for DVD, pretty much
1 June 2008
Summary: To me, the promise and point of HDMI is that you have a single cable going to your TV (and even a single cable from other components). But this unit will only work this way if you are just using a DVD player (or just connecting HDTV) because the single HDMI output is just a pass-through for the...