great receiver, 400 watts, not 100 as described above.
30 January 2013
Summary: I have no idea how to account for last reviewer's comment about volume....I have never had the gain control on mine up past 9 o'clock. It is a 400 watt receiver, not 100 as written above. Plenty of power, and I am driving some hefty Definitave towers, a sub, center channel and rear speakers. I have owned my unit since late 90's and it has performed perfectly with no issues. Plenty of options for sound field processing, Dolby pro logic etc, and 5.1 surround.
Summary: I must admit I was surprised when I first saw this unit listed on EBAY for its low starting price. I first became familiar with this unit back in the late 1990's. This would have made a perfect main system for my home back then. It's near $1500.00 retail price tag forced me to look at other lower priced options. This is a nearly full featured unit with a powerful, low distortion amplifier. It features a hefty power transformer to run its many powerful features.
Famous Yamaha Sound comes thru clearly with RXV2090
20 November 2010
Summary: Unit has nicely defined layout. I really like the ability to close the lower panel for the rarely used controls/connections. Gives the unit a cleaner appearance, not too cluttered. This is an older unit, so not any digital connections, but it does have higher grade S-video and component. Unit comes usually with 2 remote controls for other-room use. Hard to come by features like this nowadays at good Ebay prices, even for more current models.
Summary: Great Yamaha receiver. It can be used in 5.1 mode or by switching a button on the rear panel in 7.1 mode. 100 watts per channel gives plenty of power to feel movies like you are in a movie theater. It has lots of features and many sound options. Great AM/FM reception and, on top of that, it can be used as a pre-amp by removing the rear pre-amp jumpers. I would suggest, however, to connect this receiver to a proper set of Yamaha surround set of speakers.
Summary: Buy another verrsion of Yamaha,Not worth the money. Although there are Quite a few sound adjustments can be made for tweaking, the time necessary to shift through the commands are terrible. Does not play loud enough. My older, less expensive Yamaha 530RX plays louderr and betterr than this unit. The best part about this unit is the various sound effects for movies. Otherwise, shop for a different unit by Yamaha.