Summary: Kinda had some doubts about this unit. I was looking for an inexpensive unit to replace my Onkyo that blew. However, after hooking it up I noticed a slight improvement in my HD channels, and the sound is impressive. An excellent unit! Such a score!
Summary: this baby has all the hookups you need. 2 hdmi inputs and one out for simple control of your game system and tv box straight (passthrough) to your hdmi tv !! it also has more optical connections, an mp3 player front input, and even analog connections for older devices + a sub-woof output. if you hook up surround speakers let me tell ya there's plenty of surround audio options for anyones flavour.
Summary: I purchase this receiver a few months ago and love it. I used speakers and a subwoofer from an existing all-in-one dvd/surround sound system I've had for about 8 years. This receiver is actually a little too powerful for those speakers, but they'll do until I can upgrade them someday. That said, the sound is incredible and better than I imagined. Primary uses are: playback of CDs, surround sound for TV/Cable/Blu Ray and regular radio.
Summary: This Reciever is amazing. You can take a pair of old speakers and make them sound like a new setup. I have paired this with a Klipsch 300 HD 5.1 theater system. WOW! I have compared this to my friends $800 Denon and this sounds just as good if not better! BUY THIS RECEIVER. Also this does take the sound out of HDMI. This is one of the best receivers i have ever heard. IT TOOK 1 DAY TO GET IT WITH STANDARD SHIPPING FROM BEACH AUDIO.
Summary: Definitely recommended this product to someone that is just getting into home theater and like me, on a tighter budget than some. I couldn't find very many reviews on this product and was nervous, but I am so glad I went ahead with it. This thing has good input/output configuration (2x HDMI IN and 1x HDMI OUT was my biggest plus and coupled with a HDMI Hub is more than enough.