Summary: I upgraded from an RX-V1 which was Yamaha's flagship reciever 15 years ago. It served me well, with only a couple minor repairs over the years. We wanted several things from our replacement receiver. HDMI switching, networking, DLNA, USB, as well as a little more power. The Graphic User Interface or GUI helps to manage all the options on screen it looks great and as usual Yamaha machines are pretty easy to figure out and set up. The sound quality does not disappoint.
Summary: This receiver sounds great. I found the menus clear and well designed, and the display useful (looking at you Marantz). The sound was a little too bright for me and my setup, but only slightly so. Lossless music via digital input proved that the DACs are very detailed with good separation.
Summary: electronics has got to be the best interest or hobby mankind could pursue . looked at many high end av components this unit is unbelievable, I would buy ten more just to have around when the other fails .
Summary: BACKGROUND In 2006 I purchased a cheap Insignia receiver (IS-HC040917) to replace a Fisher Integrated Stereo Amp (CA-350) that blew. At first I only used the receiver for fm radio, but over the next few years I began to use the Insignia all the time. Even though it didn't have HDMI inputs, I was able to connect a DVD player and cable box directly to my HDTV and then run a digital optical cable to the Insignia for audio.
Summary: The owners manual a cd-rom was corrupted.I had to go to Yamaha web site and download the manual.Once that bump in the road was over I set it up and ran it through different programs.It was flawless and more importantly sounded excellent.I highly recommend it.The minus one star was for the owners manual.
Pros: Yamaha eventually replaced my defective unit after weeks of explaining to them and the actual 3rd party repair guy. Apperently they couldn't reproduce the issue. An awfull experience, that they eventually made right.
Cons: My original unit had unwanted noise from a rear channel
Summary: I recently purchased a Monitor Audio Silver Series 5.0 setup consisting of one pair of RX8 as front, RXCenter & RXFX for surrounds. I do not have a sub at this point so I can not comment on the LFE channel performance. I was on a quest to find the best sounding AVR, regardless of features, for my setup and I tried the following recievers with a max budget of $1250: Marantz SR7005 ($1699 retail) Marantz SR6007 ($1199 retail; not a flagship model) Pioneer SC-57 ($1999...