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: 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.
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: 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: ...what it has that the xr55 does not: HDMI, dual-amping of front mains now available during 5.1 playback, one extra set of component inputs, and all-channel stereo (called "party mode" on other receivers).
Summary: Right out of the box I was happy. I replaced my Kenwood with the Panasonic and was not dissapointed. My main reason was to have wireless rear surround speakers. I also had to buy the rear surround setup, which I bouight referb'd.