Summary: Great receiver for the money. COHO liquidation was great to work with. Wanted a receiver with A/B outputs and with iOS integration. Higher end models have Airplay, but only audio. This doesn't have Airplay but I just added a $99 AppleTV and have both audio and video. Works great.
Summary: This receiver has turned out to be a great entry level reciever. The price was right and its working great. It is a little complicated at first, but with practice comes ease. The only thing that chaps my hide is the on-screen controls dont work when using the hdmi plugs. so in order to fine tune speaker levels I had to unplug hdmi and use the RCA cables, tune, then plug hdmi back up. I recommend this receiver to anyone with a budget 'cause it works great.
Summary: The receiver seems to have everything we were looking for, but the owner's manual is so poorly written (complex) that I don't have the setup optimized. Therefore, I cannot provide a true evaluation at this point. I need to hire a pro...an interpreter...to guide me through the setup options to get the most out of it for our installation. I shouldn't have to do this...it's not rocket science!
Summary: Got this a few days ago to replace a 75W Denon 1611 that couldn't effectively power my klipsch vf-36 tower speakers...What a difference! While the 820 lacks some of the features available in the 1611, in this price range, I'd rather have the power. I have 5.1 so didn't need the 7.1. Setup was easy. Sound is clear and powerful, if needed. Power=clarity. If you don't need 110W of power, the 1611 is a fantastic machine. The 820 has the built in ipod usb..
Summary: Great sound, auto calibration works great. Only complaint is that the menu system doesn't work over hdmi, and the only thing that will pass through hdmi is the hdmi inputs. Other than that its perfect for my needs.
Complicated to Setup, but Great Tech Support and Works Great
23 July 2011
Summary: In reading this review, keep in mind I'm not an audiophile. I just wanted a receiver for my TV/entertainment center sound system. Unless the factory default happens to work, It you have trouble programming your DVR you'll be completely lost setting up this beast. For me the manual is very poor. When I first hooked it up I spent a couple of hours trying to get it working using the manual. Everything appeared to be set up correctly but no sound from the speakers.
Summary: Here is what I wanted a receiver to do.. I don't currently have a surround sound set of speakers, so this review is for Stereo only... may add surround later. The one i got was made in China. Play Pandora or CDs via my PS3 to Receiver but not TV Play regular TV/PS3 but not always through receiver. Plug in Ipod or other MP3 , Blackberry to play Pandora or other songs. Power a set of Outdoor speakers as well.
Summary: Took me awhile to get everything hooked up as the manual is not the best. My TV is a bit older so I am not able to use the HDMI input, which made setup a bit more difficult. But once I figured it all out, the system is nice. The onscreen programming is okay. I do like the auto program for the surround sound.
Jerian "god is dead. for his pity of man he h..., Amazon
28 April 2011
Summary: Went looking for a good Receiver to match my new Polk Monitor Speakers. Originally looking at 7.1 but realized as ill be living in a smaller space 7.1 was overkill and only needed 5.1. Had a Panasonic before that would occasionally overload when I played movies too loud and the speakers for that drew less power than mine do now. Sound is clear and power is no problem with this. First thing I did was throw the Dark Knight in on Blu-Ray to see how it would handle.