This model is great and I highly recommend all Pioneer receivers!
14 April 2011
Summary: Great sounding amp, people say that other brands are better but my ears listen and crown pioneer the king when all settings are adjusted right. Yamaha came close for first place, but their impact sound was not as good as pioneer. I've tried RCA, SONY, YAMAHA, LOGITECH(great for cheap price), KLH(great for stereo2 speakers old school), insignia, etc... and Pioneer beats them all in the surround sound dept.
Excerpt: This receiver is a real pleasure to own and quite a pleasant surprise for the price I paid. If you have multiple sources: ipod, PSP, PS3, DVD etc. then this is a good choice. The supplied ipod cable allows full control of your ipod using the remote. Plug in a pen drive into the front USB port and the receiver finds any compatible music files and plays them.
Excerpt: First impression was great, this is just the job, 3 hdmi cables, hook up my HD Set Top Box and PS3 to my Samsung LCD and Bose Surround system and bingo, full 7.1 sound, no messy cables and top notch audio and video, simple right....wrong. Here are my gripes.... 1) The amp does not process the HDMI audio as 7.1 and simply passes it to the display - so you have to hook up SPDIF cables to get the digital sound and then obviously you dont get the full uncompressed digital...