Summary: The Good I was looking for a decent receiver with Dolby Digital and DTS-ES. Normally these range anywhere from $300 to $500. I did not pay anywhere near that amount, but having had time to tweak this unit, I can say that I would easily pay that much and be very happy with my product. It is a 6.1 receiver, and since 99.9% of movies and content do NOT contain a 7.1 format (or 7.2 for that matter) I decided that 6.1 was really all that was needed.
Summary: I did alot of research and asking around before I decided on this receiver. I have alot of friends that have sound systems and they all recommended yamaha receivers. I thought their systems sounded by far the best, compared to others. I listen to alot of hard rock and heavy metal. The first song I played when I got the receiver was Ashes of the Wake by Lamb of God. I have this receiver paired with 2 Pioneer cs-c9000, 150Watts each.