Summary: This unit replaces a 10 year old Sony ES that was great for CDs, DVDs and HDTV with optical connections, but couldn't do BluRay sound and the optical stereo feed (uncompressed linear PCM audio) was garbled. It worked out of the box, the GUI is very cool, automated speaker setup rocks, sound field settings are really good and there are plenty of options. However, I couldn't get BluRay sound.
Summary: I have only had the receiver for a few days, but I really like it. I have been using Sony ES receivers for some time and have never been disappointed. The receiver is easy to set up and to use. I have great audio and video quality at a good price. The only thing that is missing from the receiver is Ethernet for streaming media from a PC, but this is available as an accessory, at extra cost, of course.