Summary: I bought this item almost three years ago. It has steadily had one failure or another. SOund/Picture goes out periodically. I've owned all sony recievers throughout my life. I bought this 7.1 for the blue ray, but it started to fail around 9 months old.
Summary: I've had this for almost 2 years now and it works great. Hooked it up to a 5.1 Polk system, 52" Panasonic Plasma, Xbox 360, DVD/Bluray, and controlling with a Harmony 880 (all bought off of amazon). My only qualm came recently when I had the desire to add a wireless 7.1 headset to my system.
Summary: I bought this receiver back in 2008, for the PS3 I had just bought since the PS3 did all the on-board decoding I did not have to worry about the receiver needing the latest DTS HD MA tracks and Dolby True HD because SOny had already confirmed they were going to do this with a firmware upgrade.
Summary: I purchased this stereo to replace an old Denon receiver that had burnt out it's surround sound card. The numerous HDMI inputs seemed good, since that looks like the way components are going in the near future.
Summary: Good: HDMI switching and video conversion make life so much easier! Nice sound quality, plenty of power, lots of configuration options. It's worked perfectly with my Tivo HD, Xbox360, Wii, PS3, and PC input. Bad: Doesn't decode the latest HD formats (DTS Master HD, Dolby True HD).
Summary: I bought this receiver for my boyfriend as an anniversary present. He's a big a/v nerd and really wanted a better receiver for the new hd-tv that he was getting. I looked around and really couldn't find anything better than this (without being twice the price)...
Summary: I needed an AV receiver that can switch all of my video sources: Tivo S3 XBox 360 (older component only) PS3 Wii and that is not too deep (<14 in) so it can fit into my cabinet. This is exactly what I needed. It has just the right number of inputs.
Summary: Likes: First of all, it does the stuff I wanted. The HDMI switching, up-converting, good sound, ease of setup, and reasonable price. If you don't need or want to tweak a bunch, this receiver does a lot automatically and does it competently.
Summary: It's all right for the price... was expecting little more balls, and quality out of this reciever. Felt a little let down for a Sony... Felt I should have saved a couple hundred more dollars for a better quality 7.1 receiver! You get what you pay for- It's no better than average!