Summary: I bought this component to take advantage of all the features of my Sony Bravia XBR KDL-52XBR6 TV and Sony BDP-S550 1080p Blu-ray Player. The integration into my system was as easy as possible with the HDMI cables.
Summary: I bought this receiver to replace my Denon AVR-1707 which was an amazing 5.1 receiver as well, but I needed to upgrade to compliment my PS3 and 42" TV. So I needed a receiver with HDMI inputs and I'll tell you.
Summary: I was willing to spend as much as three times what I spent on this receiver but based on my previous experience with Sony ES products plus online reviews, I decided to go with this system. I particularly like the GUI interface for setting things up.
Summary: The ES series are known for lower distortion amplifiers and they sound great. Don't forget about the impact distortion has on the longevity of your speakers as well. Matched these up with some Boston ceiling speakers and a Atlantic Technology sub. Very pleased with the results.
Summary: They were selling these for under $400 back in December. It's a great HT system for that price. The controls do not have the high end feel of the older ES products but it works great and has a lot of features to help get your system up and running quickly.