Summary: It was inexpensive and was suited for my needs. Nothing to shout about. I just wanted the surround for certain movies that I watch and it does the trick. The pitfalls are that unless your local television station broadcasts in stereo you only get the center speaker for mono.
Summary: I had a previous Pioneer AV receiver on my entertaiment system for a number of years before it died. I installed this new Pioneer AV receiver and it does not come up with the rest of the system when I power up the system.
Summary: This receiver has good value for the price, however I can't say I experience enveloping surround sound from all of my speakers. It does an adequate job but I'm not blown away. I probably won't buy again.
Summary: I bought this to replace a 3 year old Onkyo that died from a bad HDMI circuit. The most impressive thing about it is how cool it runs while still delivering sound that is every bit as refined (to my ears) as the more expensive and much more power hungry Onkyo.
Summary: will update later if I manage to figure out how the HDMI pass through works. There was something in the instructions about making this work that I just glossed over in the interest of getting the system up and running quickly.
Pros: - it's a 7.1 channel receiver for an excellent price. - 4x HDMI in and 2x SPDIF are nice - wish there were more but that is still more than you get from most HTIBs (and for the sale price that's what this is competing with) - MCACC actually provided decent sound out of the box, a good baseline.
Cons: - Can't change the labels on the inputs - what if I want to hook up a PS3? Turntable? - no phono preamp, but nobody else does anymore either - I can't get HDMI pass through working either
Summary: Does not pass thru any sound to to The TV. I was hoping to have just one HDMI to the TV but I guess I will have to hook up my DVR to The TV HDMI instead of the receiver and if I want want surround sound on my other equipment I will have to switch the inputs on the TV.
Pros: Great sound, Many features. My wife likes the Ipod capability. Sounds so much better than my old Pioneer receiver.
Cons: Does not pass thru the HDMI like it says it does. Want to be able to turn on the TV on in the AM before the wife wakes up and just use the TV speakers but you have to turn on the receiver and set it to HDMI through to make that work. What a hassle. Have asked Pioneer if there is a work around.
Summary: Having had this thing now for several days, I am still struggling to get to grips with it. The instruction book is nothing short of a disgrace and I am not usually beaten by new gadgets. Seems to work OK but so far at least, not much of a pleasure to use.