A good reciever but could use a few improvements...
19 January 2014
Summary: I've owned this receiver for about a year and a half now and see that it has been discontinued. But I use Amazon reviews extensively, even when buying used products from other vendors, so maybe this review will help someone out who is looking to buy a used model of the RX-A810. (Note that my receiver is an RX-A810, not an RX-A810BL. I'm not sure what the difference is between the two.
Awesome product with great options for home entertainment!!
27 November 2013
Summary: Upgrading from a Yamaha RX-V795a, that we have had for 19 years, to the RX-A810 was a great choice. We have been very pleased with the quality of Yamaha. The RX-810 has a lot of excellent options. What is liked around our house is the the iPod/iPhone hook-up while charging, the app works great, and the natural sound is awesome. Set-up is pretty easy and quick to learn. The remote is a little different than our old unit and does take a little time to get used to.
Summary: This thing sounded good for about 8 months. Then it just went to hell. Just random features wouldn't work, then would, then wouldn't again. Then it would send different levels of signals to different speakers, and suddenly without sent a huge spike to all my speakers and destroyed a set of Polk RTI series speakers, while set at a reasonable, moderate volume. And I mean DESTROYED them.
Summary: Haven't used all of the functionalities yet, but very easy to hook up and what sound! Ordered the older unit and they were out so upgraded me to this one at no extra charge which was AWESOME!!! Would DEFINATELY reccommend this unit to others! Yamaha steps up once again!
Summary: Retired my old receiver because it has no HDMI connections. Ordered this RX-A810. There were still 9 in stock when I placed the order. Received email that they (not Amazon) no more stock and offered me RX-A820 which they say an upgrade and will give it at same price as the RX-810. Thought it was a good deal. But I'm not happy with the sound. My older receiver has more volume (louder) and I can hear the bass better. I won't buy from that vendor again.
BUY if you can find one (do NOT buy from the merchants here)
24 September 2012
Summary: Long story short: Buy the RX-A810 (if you can find one), instead of the RX-A820 which skips over HDMI from a PC. See my review of the RX-A820 here for more details, and do not buy it. Try to find an RX-A810 locally and get a much superior receiver. One that actually outputs 480p over HDMI. (*That's right, the A820 doesn't*) BTW, do NOT buy from any of the merchants here...
Summary: I bought the a-810 to replace my HTR 5790. Mostly because I had no HDMI and was lacking 3d pass through. Now this isn't a review for the HTR but I have to say for a product that was THX certified and cost about 900 in 2004 I'd say this was a huge miss for Yamaha the audio quality was terrible and radio reception was next to none existent even with the proper antennas. Of course I didn't realize how bad it was till I got the a-810.
Summary: Pros: Excellent A/V quality on all sources including compressed music (mp3, aac, etc.). Intuitive menus and easy to change settings. The YPAO mic is a great starting point for calibrating the speakers in your room. Feature rich supporting all the latest A/V standards. Cons: The user manual is a PDF on the included CD. This may not bother some people, but I am old school and like to have a hard copy manual when I spend a lot of $.
Summary: I just fell in love with my music all over again! I am running this thing straight out of the box. Have not even used the automatic sound level adjustments yet (YPAO). I did do some manual adjustment, but then put it back to stock because it was better that way in my situation. Windows 7 and Streaming: If you have a home network and Windows 7, this unit streams your WMAP music flawlessly.