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: 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... most of the time.
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: 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 purchased this receiver for the ease of opperation when pared with my Pansonic HDTV. This did reduce the need for 3 remotes to one. I'm pleased the quality of sound and overall performance. This unit only has one HDMI input, at least on additional is reccomended.
Long Term Durability--Panasonic Digital has it in spades...!
Todd March, Amazon
4 October 2007
Summary: This review is not for this new particular model; but is instead a testimonial for Panasonic digital receivers overall. I bought one of the first all digital units Panasonic produced, 4 years ago (SA-XR45). I was at once impressed with the incredible increase in sound quality from my previous Kenwood analog receiver.