Summary: I've had this receiver for about 2 years now and decided to review it. It is great receiver for the price and definitely delivers good sound. I have it set up in the living space of my 1 bedroom apartment. It is front bi-amped to Monitor Audio BR-2 speakers with HDMI inputs from an xbox360, blueray player, and AppleTv. My FiOS box is hooked up via component. I'd like to have had one more HDMI input, but I really didn't utilize the last HDMI input until recently.
Summary: I bought this unit for a few reasons. First and foremost, I needed a more powerful receiver with HDMI inputs. I got that. It has lots of power. True rating (from the manual) is 90 watts full bandwidth with nice low THD. Those in the know understand that 90 full bandwidth watts is plenty. Secondly, I needed the unit to pass through the signal to a couple of secondary amplifiers.
Awesome Features & Sound, but Quirky. Poor Remote & Manual
Christopher Hansen "SFGOAKRFAN", Amazon
15 January 2010
Summary: I used banana plugs for the speaker connections and hookup was very easy. I highly recommend. I hooked up HDMI from PS3 and the TV audio with composite (Red&White) that I will upgrade to Toslink Optical. Analog audio is quiet and you have to crank up the volume. This is pretty typical. Just one HDMI cable goes to my TV, which is very nice. Auto setup was easy enough, but it takes a while and needs to be run for each seating position.
Summary: The goods: + HDMI conversion is awesome. I was able to remove about 6 pounds of excess cabling going to my 50" plasma since now all I need is an HDMI and an optical (to send TV audio back to the receiver.) Was able to remove "redundant" cabling from the DVD and DVR as well, which makes for a cleaner install. + BANANA PLUGS! All of my speaker cables are terminated with banana plugs. I didn't want to have to cut them off and tin the bare leads.
Summary: Does everything I wanted in an A/V receiver. Can be a bit overwhelming to set up and operate, particularly the fine controls. The manual is a bit confusing, but once you work through it, it operates well. The remote can be a bit confusing, too. Consider a top line universal remote if you are going to use more two or three components.
Summary: Follow along with others who have reviewed this receiver. I am not an expert at setting up these things and had no problems getting it going. Used Toslink to hook up audio from Dish 722 and still had to use audio cables to get sound to second system for sound distribution through house. Don't know why one input could not be spread throughout system...Only gripe...Enough sound venues to satisfy anyone's taste. Video pass-through shows no degradation that I can see.
Summary: This is a great receiver, especially for a newbie like me. Setting it up was very easy and the sounds is great. I opted for the 919 over the 1019 since I don't plan on using more than 3 HDMI ports. I have a Dish Network DVR and a PS3 which is the CD/DVD/BluRay player. I run HDMI cables from the DVR and the PS3 to the AVR and one from the AVR to the TV, that's it.