Summary: Functionally, this is a nice receiver. Speaker step was easy and trouble free and all of the functions worked well and as expected (HDMI pass-through, upscaling, surround sound auto modes, etc.). Unfortunately, after 1 week of use my unit developed a hissing sound through all of the speakers no matter what input was selected. This was extremely disappointing and I had to send the unit back at my own cost.
Summary: I had some issues with this when I recently tried using more than 2 speakers. I have the fuzz and and static problem others seem to be posting about. I really like all the features, but the static is unbearable. I dislike that there is no phone number to get in contact with Amazon and they are not following up since I made my return following their procedure.
Summary: Wonderful unit. Sound is clear, crisp, and the auto-setting with the included microphone does a better job than I can do with supposedly higher end sound level devices. I've really enjoyed my home theater with it and it easily outperformed the Onkyo receiver it replaced (when it worked properly). The dual zone is an added bonus HOWEVER realize that the second zone will not be driven from a digital input while you're driving your primary zone.
Summary: Details: - This is the first advanced AVR I have bought - 7 speakers (4 wireless) - Connected to Xbox360 (online gaming), HD DVR Cable Box, and 42" LG LCD TV Pros: - setting up the speakers and connecting devices was simple and straightforward, but you will need to read the manually carefully to use all the audio and video options (assigning inputs, individual speaker levels and EQ, etc) - the sound is amazing - offers a lot of flexibility in set-up scenarios because you...
Summary: If your goal is to use this as a cheap HDMI receiver, forget it. The HDMI would take several minutes to connect with our Verizon FIOS box. After it did connect, it would be hit or miss if the sound was connected. Then if you got sound, there is a good chance the audio would be out of sync. When using analog inputs, you will need to go through the on screen menu to set the "input" to analog.
Summary: I bought this unit at the recommendation of a friend who said it was a great deal and had a great upscaling chip. I have had a few problems with it so far. First the HDMI does not seem to be completely compatible with my Samsung PN51D6500 Plasma. It loses the video signal consistently and there is a 2-3 second lag for sound to come back after changing channels or skipping ahead on recorded shows on my Dish Network DVR DTV PAL.
Summary: Good receiver, but it has a tendency to black out the video occassionally when processing the signal to high quality. Processor must get hung up. Particularly bad at the beginning of a show. 2nd zone speakers are awkward as there is no remote button to control whether it is on or off, and when you turn system off, it keeps playing. Stupid engineering.
Summary: First,I understand the reviewer that received the wrong merchandise being dissatisfied. I wouldn't be happy either. However, using the PRODUCT REVIEW to express this concern has a negative impact on the actual product review. The reason I found this interesting is (as a Custom A/V small business), I recommended this receiver to a customer whom said it received a 3.5 rating on Amazon. When I checked it out I noticed only 3 reviews. 2 were 5's for the receiver.
Summary: I bought this receiver for the upconverting VRS chip from Anchor Bay. This is replacing an 11 year-old Harmon Kardon AVR-75, which only decodes Dolby Digital so I decided it was time to upgrade. This receiver has several different audio decoders/codecs(?) including Pro Logic 11(Movie, Music, and Game), Neo:6, Dolby Digital EX and some others that I've never heard of.