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.
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 single HDMI input. I have another AVR in my living room (Yahama HTR-5990) which allows any inputs (analog or digital) to be sent out through the single HDMI cable.
A 4+ star audio receiver with 2+ star video functions
Snap, Crackle and Pop, Amazon
12 April 2008
Summary: IN SHORT: As an audio-video receiver, it's solid on the A, but falls short on the V. Still, it's a very good option if that fits your needs. The Panasonic SA-XR57 is a solid receiver for someone looking for to fill out the audio section of their home theater, especially if the compact size and lower heat output of this digitally amplified model are important to you. The sound and power are good, and the audio feature set is reasonably complete.