Summary: I bought this Receiver to replace an older Harmon Kardon unit. Found it on a special sale and could not let it go. I have been using it for a few weeks now. It has loads of features, some of which I have yet to use. BUT it's number one benefit is the crystal clear sound at all power levels.
Summary: The amp does what it advertises and well. Some people complain about certain features missing, etc, but before purchasing, you should have done research to know what this model has and does not have. Overall it works great! It is not a $2,000 receiver, so don't compare it to one. I have not had any issues with it at all. I use it in my master-bedroom, paired with in-ceiling Boston Acoustic speakers and Yamaha Center channel speaker and Yamaha sub-woofer.
Summary: My options included Denon, HK and this Yamaha in the $300-$400 range. It was not easy to decide and I did quite a lot of research before I bought this unit. So far I am very happy with my decision. IMHO this Yamaha has all the qualities of the good receiver: 1. Good DSP and decoder - both Dolby digital and DTS decoders has almost perfect channel separation and balance and the 192/24 bit DSP is very good. This means that sound field in movies is very detailed.
Summary: This is a great home theater receiver. If you have,like me, a 4ohms,6 ohms and 8 ohms speakers,it's the deal!! I'm not using USB and Network for the moment but, for home theater it's great. Thanks Amazon!!
Summary: I was looking for a receiver that had the capability to play music files off of an external hard drive. This receiver can do that and so much more. I haven't played with it much, but have connected it to my hard drive and works great. Loads songs faster than playing from my PC. I also have connected the receiver to my home network and have been able to play songs from my PC as well as listen to Internet radio stations!!
Summary: When I had to replace my Denon because the buttons stopped working after zapping it with a static shock after walking across the carpet, I thought I had to get another Denon to get the sound quality I needed. The Denon was my favorite of the Surround sound systems that I have owned. But I could not pass up a special on this Yamaha receiver offered on Amazon. After verifying the claims with a number of reviews, I ordered. It showed up fast.
Summary: I did some research to figure out exactly what I wanted before I picked this one. It isn't for everyone, as it doesn't support HDMI, but I don't plan on using it for that anyway. Setup is simple and it's also easy to use. I had to download a firmware update to get it networked to my PC but that was also straight-forward.
Summary: I have had the unit for 4 months now and am still excited about it. The sound quality is excellent no matter the source! FM, iPod, CD, DVD, Mini Disc, PC, External Hard Drive, and Internet Radio (even from Germany) all sound great! The assortment of sound configurations available on this unit could even make 8-track a viable format. (it's in your mama's basement with the FAX machine) Why say that this unit is preferable to HDMI?
Summary: This reciever does everythig as advertised. I am not a network guru, but I had all network functions working in about 5 minutes. Plays internet radio and mp3 from Windows Vista Windows Media Player 11. Which is kind of amazing since Windows Vista sucks so bad. This reciever is about the only thing I haven't trouble using with Shista! Anyway, the reciever is worth much more than what it is sold for. If you have to have HDMI switching then spend $700 on something else.
Summary: I've only really used this receiver for a week but so far I like it. This is my second Yamaha receiver after the still-functioning RX-V870 that I bought in 1993! What sold me on this receiver was 1) Yamaha brand 2) Network/Internet Radio/USB capabilities and 3) Price. 1) I can't deny it. I'm a Yamaha guy. If my first receiver was an Onkyo, I'd probably have bought another Onkyo. 2) Network and USB capabilities are what sets this receiver apart.