Summary: It is a Yamaha so the audio quality is excellent. But some caveats. For non technical people, it will be too hard to set up. There are probably simpler options like an all in one surround speaker kit. Yamaha makes those too. But if you know AV set ups or are willing to take your time, it is a very decent 5.1 system for the money. Strangely, Yamaha totally blew it on the UX and UI of the on screen functions and controls. They look like something from the 1970s.
Pros: Good value, Great Sound Quality
Cons: Confusing / Bad Remote Control, Difficult To Set Up, Outdated On Screen Ui, Poor Reception / Weak Antenna
The best choice for a receiver in its price range!
22 December 2014
Summary: I hooked up two front speakers Yamaha NS-S34 and a subwoofer polk DSW PRO660. Sounds great! Pros: - powerfull and clean sound - internet radio and good network detection - quality construction - lots of sound modes - plenty of inputs - 4K and 3D compatible - price Cons: - no WiFi - for internet radio need to use TV display
Summary: This replaced a Yamaha receiver from 1999. I hated to part with that one, but I really wanted one with mode video switching capabilities. For the price this is a solid product and very easy to use.
Took a leap of faith and ordered a refurbished unit... and was very pleased.
buffalo bob, Amazon
6 January 2014
Summary: No cosmetic damage whatsoever, the only concern was the packaging (before opening). Amazon did the right thing in putting it in a new box because the original was a bit sketchy (due to water damage maybe?). Anyway, all the functions work flawlessly (that I have tried) and I LOVE the network capabilities, they're just awesome. I now have the Yamaha AV controller app on my Kindle Fire HD and my iPhone, although the Kindle app runs a bit smoother I think.
Summary: To use with all modern way of connecting...including airplay. This makers iT possible to work semi wireless, connecting iMac, iPad or iPhone as source. The Price was very low considering the quality of this product. (Allways using Yamaha.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality