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: I use this receiver with my Energy Take Classic speakers and polk psw-10 sub. This thing makes full and powerful sound. Great for music for parties or just sitting back and enjoying. The ONLY thing I don't like is the remote, most remotes I can use in the dark but this one is a pain to get use to.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy To Set Up, Energy Efficient, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality
Summary: The sound quality is great, and sending audio from my iPhone through the AirPlay feature works even better than I expected! The energy saving aspect was also a big reason I chose this model. Yamaha did a great job with the network control feature. Beyond the pretty useful iPhone/iPad app, the protocol is simple XML over HTTP requests, which is great for people like me who want to control the receiver through home automation or scripts running on a computer.
Pros: Airplay, Energy Efficient, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality, Network Control