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: 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: 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: 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.
Summary: I'm just reviewing the receiver, not the store. I'm no audiophile, so take that into account. First I bought a Panasonic DVD / VCR player /recorder. I picked that because it was about the best rated. Then I bought a Panasonic plasma because again, it was about the best rated.
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).
Summary: I would have rated this receiver as excellent but for one glaring short coming, only one HDMI port. This receiver does a wonderful job with my home entertainment equipment. It is very easy to set up and a person like me with basic knowledge of assembling a home entertainment system had no problem...
Summary: Sound is just so crisp and clear it is amazing you can get this type of performance for around $300. I had an Onkyo sr502 and this xr57 blows it away. There are things I never noticed before in movies.
Summary: I needed HDMI to run a long cord to a plasma. If you run HDMI out, you need to use HDMI in. This is fine, but there is only one HDMI in. How do you hook your cable and DVD into one input?... Well I'll probably get a $200 HDMI switch. But for now I'm running my cable through my HDMI DVD player.