Good product, if you can live with less than the latest technology
7 February 2012
Summary: Being an older design, this receiver has some limitations: no HDMI inputs and it doesn't process Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD, so playback of Blu-Ray disks falls back to the earlier surround technology (Dolby Prologic II). Finally, the manual is poorly written, and must be studied carefully to set up the unit. Despite those negatives, it produces good sound.
Summary: I recently bought the receiver, athena micra speakers, and the xm antenna. I decided to treat myself and get rid of an old mini-system and a roady 2. I am very happy with how xm is integrated with the system. The remote controls took a while to get used to, but that's pretty typical with new electronics... Currently, I am only using this system for music, but I do plan on hooking up my dvd player and tv soon - hopefully I will like this system that much more.
Summary: This is an first impressions review: The receiver has good connectivity with enough component video, optical in, co-axial in and analog inputs. I am pretty proficient with audio/video equipment (quite a gadget geek), but setup took a while and was anything but intuitive. the optical and coax audio inputs are assignable and if you are using a connection setup different from the default, you have reassign your inputs.
Summary: i got this receiver about 4 months ago, and let me tell you, not once have i been disapointed. i know a lot about speakers and i know what sounds good, the remote is not bad (like what the privious person said) after about 2 days of use the remote was very easy to understand. and to rename the inputs.....it is not buried in the manual, it takes about 3 EASY steps to get where you need to be. i personaly didnt even need the manual.
Summary: For me this receiver is very easy to use has no HDMI so beware. The remote wore out wouldn't work anymore had to replace so I would recommend buying an extra one immediately since they could become scarce. I found a replacement remote for around $30. Over all I love this unit and highly recommend Yamaha Receivers over other brands. I also own a Pioneer vsx-819h and like this older Yamaha much better.