Summary: This was a state-of-the-art device when I bought it. It works great and the sound is fine. However, I expect there are simpler-to-use, lower-cost, higher-performance alternatives out there today.
Summary: We have had this since December of 2009 and we really like the receiver. It is easy to use, you get very good sound and it has a ton of connections. We have BIC America in wall Front and Rear speakers, a JBL center channel (this may be the cause of the low level, I got it from my brother and may purchase a new one), and a POLK audio 200W subwoofer. The only real complaint I have is the volume level from the center channel speaker. It is just a bit too low.
Summary: Overall great, only problem is I have not figured out how to make my remote work the TV or the Dish rec. I think electronics are getting too complcated to use these days. With upscaling the picture on older standard tv looks much better. I also have a 37 inch sony XBR TV.
Summary: The biggest reason I decided to buy this unit was the up to date HDMI tech that it is capable of. Most units out there are still limiting the HDMI usages. Some will not let the HDMI carry sound, only video. When that is the case, you still need to run an additional audio cable to the receiver. This unit allows for all the current uses of HDMI to be put into use.
Summary: I bought this receiver May 2010. I had shopped around for a reasonably priced unit that was 7.1 and that could handle a single HDMI from the unit to my TV. I have 7 RC80i speakers mounted in my ceiling and one Polk 10" sub. The sound is amazing with this unit. I have seen two friends of mine who paid approx. $3,500 on expensive systems with Klipsch speakers and more expensive receivers than mine.
Summary: Great receiver! Works well with my current set up using HDMI - DVR, PS3, XBOX 360! Not only is it a great receiver and can do 7.1 it actually really sleek! The piano black finish and no buttons on the front makes it look sophistacted and cutting edge!
Summary: Overall it is a good unit. I am not impressed with the video switching or upscaling. I will probably go back to direct TV hookups... It takes nearly 20 seconds to switch inputs. Then, after video finally makes it to the TV it waits 10 seconds and then flashes to black one more time for good measure. It does this with all of my HDMI inputs. Sound quality and setup are much improved over the 10 year old Sony I am replacing.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy Setup, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality