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...
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.
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.
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...
A good reciever but could use a few improvements...
6 August 2012
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.
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.
Summary: read manual, much to this system than meets the eyes but not for the weak hearted in reading manuals
Pros: Many many options. This is a jack of all systems. Handles it all from Gaming, Classical, Heavy Metal, to Star Wars: New Hope on a soft note. If you want to get the maximum for the minimum dollar this is the best. See cons.
Cons: If you are a die hard audiophile you will like this but if you really need serious power I would recommend the next level up. System has a nice smooth system for those that enjoy the quality but if you want some serious SPL or harder bass I would not recommend this one. If you do not like having ...
Summary: I was a little concerned that firmware updates might slow me down when turning the unit on (as in my LG BluRay player) but so far it has not been an issue at all. I understood I had to choose between using the internal 6th & 7th amps for Zone 2 speakers or for my rear center surround speaker.
Pros: Every time you buy something new, there are "surprises?" Well, no exception here - except that all of the surprises have been good news! I love the connectivity to both the internet and my own music/video/picture libs on my PCs. Pandora has been particularly sweet. I replaced a 16 year old Yamaha...
Cons: Might be an issue for some - no wi-fi. But my house is completely wired and I prefer the performance of hard-wired anyway. The on-screen navigation when connected to a PC in your home network is a little clumsy through the remote. A little k/b would have been a wonderful addition. Still, I'm hopi...
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.