Price was right and it sounds so good you can taste it.
27 July 2013
Summary: I was writing the review then, my computer belched or something because, I lost all of it. Anyway, this receiver is excellent. Cleaner sound than the Pioneer I had before, onscreen graphics showing (I think) all the functions you can adjust. It has inputs for a turntable (so you don't have to use a preamp. And?? I could go on and on about this beauty but, it can be summed up by saying this receiver is a masterpiece.
Great value as 2 channel stereo, great home theater with int. remote
5 November 2012
Summary: I have now purchased 3 different Yamaha RX-V1500 receivers over the last 2 months used on eBay. These receivers have a wonderful warm sound - I love listening to music through them. While I don't actually use them for home theater - I use them for 2 channel stereo - the reason is that the price performance is amazing for a 2 channel amp if you ignore the home theater additions. The price is typically $120-140 for what was a $900 amp when new.
The lack of HDMI will retire this unit far before it's time.
31 May 2012
Summary: This receiver is 4 letters from being a 10 star rating: HDMI. Right now, you can configure an excellent system with this unit, providing that you have a television, BluRay player, game console, Cable/DSL box, etc. that have the appropriate ports to allow you to use the 1 or 2 digital / composite ports the 1500 provides. The deal breaker for me was having to use the front port which ruined the aesthetics of the system.
Summary: I bought it to replace one that was struck by lightning. The sound is as good or better than at the theater. I use it for multiple inputs to my home theater. These inputs include a blue ray player, XBox, two DVD players, and two Directv dishes. For each input it will select the proper processing for the sound or I can choose between everything from standard stereo to Dolby 7.1.
Summary: I own two Yamaha RX 2500 receivers so when I decided to buy a third one, I chose this one because the specs are very close to the ones I have, and I think Yamaha provides the best value on the market.
Yamaha RX V1500 - excellent bargain in "high end" AVR
26 January 2009
Summary: I am not a educated audiofile, only guy that loves great sound with a minimum THD. This AVR receiver has so much power, fidelity, modes and speaker connections to satisfy almost everyone. For even the most demanding it will remain like a $1500.00 Nikon. It will always be better than you. By that, I mean you will be learning for long time to appreciate its features and quality. Surely there is a lot of more expensive and better AVR receivers.
Summary: beautiful sound. It really fills the room! The microphone that it comes with does an amazing job of analyzing the room and making adjustments within 10 minutes to center the sound. This has got to be one of the best receivers I've heard for this price. I would definitely recommend this receiver to any friend looking for a new one.