Summary: Suitable for older component systems, odd menu structure take some getting used to. Note digital out only comes from digital in, you can not go from analog inputs to digital outputs i.e. composite vid to hdmi vid. Has been functioning without a flaw and provides good bass response with subwoofer.
Summary: This receiver is great for someone like me who wanted multiple inputs in a receiver. It touts 3 HDMI ports in the back. Also including the optical audio. The reason I have given the item 4 stars instead of 5 is while the automatic switching feature is nice, it sometimes is problematic when trying to detect a different Input.
Summary: I purchased this from Amazon after my 16 year old Sony receiver decided the center speaker connection had enough. I have MTX speakers hooked up to it. The main speakers are 4 way speakers with 15" woofers. No powered sub needed. A 52" samsung LCD tv, Roku box hooked up via HDMI. Dish Network VIP722 DVR hooked up via HDMI. And an older DVD player. As others have stated the menu system is a bit hard to understand.
Summary: This unit is replacing a Sony, which is still going strong after 20 years. I needed the 5.1 and HDMI features. This unit is much simpler in the front than my old unit and the rear is well labeled. However, setup is NOT for the faint of heart. I've read the manual again and again, looking for all the subtle setup items I missed the last time around. Port assignments, passthru, etc. I also struggle with the very poor English in the manual.
Summary: After much research, this is one of the only economically priced surround-sound amps that decodes the surround-sound information in the amp itself before passing video on up to the TV. Many of the HDMI switching amps out there only switch the video, and do NOT decode surround (due to the DRM encryption on some HDMI signals) only 2ch PCM. Look over Sony's site, they have alot of good info for this unit. For the price it would be really hard to beat.
Summary: Overall this is a great deal for someone looking for a straight-to-the-point, entry level 5.1 system. It doesn't have an onscreen menu, or tons of HDMI ports, but for less than $200, it provides plenty of power and enough options to create an economical yet strong performance package. If you want to make your first jump to intro home theater but don't want to sweat the details, this does the job well.
Summary: This receiver works great, my only issue is with how you have to set up wireless gaming headsets (Turtle Beach x31's). After calling Turtle Beach and Sony I found out that you need a m/m 3.5mm audio cable to insert into the headphone jack on the front of the unit to the back of the wireless transmitter.
Summary: Very Good receiver for the money. I replaced a Pioneer that kept turning off and was getting hard to switch from Satellite to BlueRay. I am assuming it was a bad electronic switch. This reciever has the HDMI hook-ups and enough power to push good speakers. I am well pleased with the electronic switching and ultimate sound it produces. Quality sounds is really all about your speakers. I am using Bose.