Summary: 20 years ago I was a High End Home stereo salesman. I would say I am experienced at the least. I have had 2 Onkyos over the last 10 years. I thought they sounded good, maybe not great. My last txsr707 was a piece of garbage. It lasted 3 years and got so hot you could literally cook an egg on it. BiAmping did not make any difference, the sound was always dull. I searched reviews everywhere for months before I pulled the trigger on this. So where to start?
Summary: I can't imagine how I could be happier. I upgraded for the HDMI Inputs and found the best features come from the network connectivity. How cool is it to have receiver access to almost any music ever recorded?
Summary: We purchased this for the features and good luck with other Yamaha products. So far, my wife and I are very happy with the sound, relative ease of use and the myriad of connectivity choices. We wish the remote control was backlit. The manual is a bit daunting but Yamaha has been helpfull in answering the two questions we have had to date.
Summary: I recently purchased this receiver and it is less than a week old at this point. All appeared well till I ran into an issue this morning. It is specific to the USB port. I tried 3 difference iPhones and plenty of cables I had but none of them helped. The issue is essentially that when I play music through the USB port, I constantly hear some noise (sort of an interference).
Summary: One thing not mentioned in other reviews is the outstanding warranty that comes with this unit, THREE FULL YEARS parts and labor. Inside it is built like a piece of lab test equipment, very solid, well organized, plenty of heat sinks. Besides Android and iOS apps to control this baby, it has a built-in web server.
Simply Amazing - Brings my old-school TV into the 21st century!
T. Norris, Amazon
21 February 2012
Summary: This is an awesome unit. Crutchfield advisor recommended this unit as being the lowest-priced received to receive HD broadcasts but I found out after the purchase that the RX-A800 would also do this (at less than half the price!). Still, it works fantastic and will replace my trusty Sony 5.1 system I bought 11 years ago.
Summary: I spent many hours researching all of the different A/V receivers. The reviews appeared to put this one at the top. The store I purchased from (not Amazon) allowed me to compare this receiver to the other top receivers. The Yamaha clearly outclassed the others for audio. Unfortunately, I was not able to compare this receiver to Integra's products, but I can't imagine they are better.
Summary: I have owned Yamaha receivers for 9 years dating back to my first HTR-5660. I was always impressed that no matter how much I pushed the receiver, it would never distort. The louder the more impressive. Fast forward, 9 years, 2012, and with a little more buying power I needed to upgrade to HDMI capabilities to support blu ray and satellite (1080p). So I auditioned Denon, Marantz, Pioneer and Yamaha in the $1,000 price range at Best Buy's Magnolia showroom.
Summary: Wow, great selection of inputs for just about anything you want to hook up. Only input missing is that front panel should have a port for connecting your mobile device headphone out to the unit. Remote is not simple to use; takes practice to learn it. I seem to be unable (on certain dvds) to change the decoder for different methods. Solved the remote issue by using Harmony One remote.