Summary: I purchased this receiver a while back and it works great. I am only using it right now as a stereo receiver but someday hope to expand to 5.1 surround. My stereo speakers are 140watt max and it drives them much louder than what I would normally want to listen to music at, loud enough to distort. There are two sets of speaker outputs, one for stereo and the other for surround sound. By default it is set up for surround sound.
Summary: The sound, power, and variety of options this receiver offers is wonderful. The on-screen display for the iPhone/iPod is very basic, but the functionality is fine. Overall, it's hard to beat the amount of features, power, and sound for the price. I highly recommend this product for anyone who doesn't want to spend thousands for good, powerful sound.
Summary: I bought this Pioneer receiver because I was given a pair of really nice, old Technics speakers and I needed a way to use them. I settled on this receiver since it had a myriad of hook-ups in the back, a very reasonable amount of power to send out to each speaker, and was well within my price range. The amazon price at the time of my purchase was an incredible deal compared to Best Buy's current offering. The only thing I felt this receiver was lacking was a phono input.
Summary: This is one of those products which is cheap but not skimpy on features. Its got most of the bells and whistles of high end product, like TrueHD, DTSHD and other sound formats. It onscreen display and most of all yes it will process the audio through your HDMI. Yes PS3 owners this is a great receiver which will process 7.1 channel through HDMI, just remember to set the PS3 to Bitsream audio format. Now its all not perfect receiver.
Summary: The receiver was a breeze to setup and gives plenty of input/output options that allow you to customize your setup with ease. For instance, I was able to hook-up the receiver to my dvr via hdmi. sometimes though, i want the TV off but I want to continue to hear sound out of the dvr, as i have sirus radio from the dvr unit. with optical output, i'm able to connect audio only to the receiver and turn off the tv.
Summary: This purchase was an upgrade and a great one. The different ways you can listen to your surround sound is amazing. It has every possible connection that you may need and I had no problem connecting it to my blu ray, my HDTV 1080p, and a DVD/VCR recorder. I kept my old speakers and the sound was even better. You can't go wrong with this receiver.
Summary: Bought this receiver because I wanted one that could decode Blu-ray audio (DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD). Came with an added bonus, a USB port for direct hookup of your ipod. This receiver is extremely easy to set up, no matter what your speaker configuration is, and it sounds great with my 5.1 system. It can also decode PCM audio for blu-ray, and it can control your ipod when listening to music.
Summary: I have only had this receiver for a few days, so this isn't going to be as in depth as some of the reviews. I got the unit to replace an older model Pioneer receiver that didn't have any HDMI inputs or an on-screen setup guide. My TV only has 2 HDMI inputs and I have 3 components that can use HDMI (Blue Ray, High-Def DVR, and a Vudu box). Somewhere along the way, I was getting short changed.