THX Dolby sounds incredible. Amazing clarity and plenty of power. Get1
9 April 2013
Summary: I would be lost without the user guide. This receiver is packed with features. It could use more HDMI inputs, but for now it has what I need. The sound is what you would expect from Yamaha, clear and defined. Watching movies at home will never be the same. Also, I like my home stereo to be very heavy, for two reasons. The first reason is, heavy usually means solid construction with massive power. The second reason is, it's harder to steal.
Summary: I got this unit 6 years ago and it is never able to handle video correctly. The upscaling is a joke. The video output quality is worse than the input. So now I use it as a pure audio amplifier. I have no complaint about its audio-handling except that the setting for a third-party woofer is kind of tricky. The unit will be burning hot for continuous running even at very low volume level.
Summary: Like all new tech ages quickly this sweet unit is showing retirement age in A/v both due to not being able to handle 1080p and defiantly not 3d out of date but still good for an old setup or a non A/v setup ass it a sweet sounding amp and runs dam hot due to it amps but that a worth it for it sound
"GREAT freaking unit!!Wonderful quality and ease of use."
20 February 2012
Pros: Handset is a snap after you run through it and give a chance. Not convoluted at all. To make this unit do what an older set would do you would need lots of knobs on the front. Clarity of sound is off the chart and extremely easy to set up the sound.
Cons: At first I too thought the wireless handset was a mystery. Until I started using it for awhile. Then it became much easier to use. But nothing to whine about and bring a review to it's knees for Christ sake!
Summary: I have had this receiver for 5 years now and it has worked perfectly. This receiver is a true hi fidelity monster! The weight of this receiver is almost 2x more than any other receiver i've ever owned. It's also physically larger too, due to the Class A amplifiers. Unfortunately i need to downsize and have listed the unit for sale. Before i did though, i took it in to be cleaned and have a once over. The technician was all smiles when i picked up the unit.
Summary: Sorry Yamaha - you screwed the pooch on this one. For this price I would expect it to stay running ALL THE TIME. But alas, no go after the first year of supreme performance. Seems like as soon as the warranty was over it started randomly shutting down whenever it wanted. I won't buy another Yamaha. If this is how well their higher performance receivers work I certainly won't buy another Yamaha.
Summary: I purchased my first Yamaha "stereo" receiver in 1977 . At that time it was the coolest thing I had purchased along with the Phillips 870 turntable to spin the albums. Since I have owned several Yamaha receivers. All have been high end. I purchased this receiver to replace my aging basement unit DSP-3090.Nothing functionally wrong with the 3090, just wanted to upgrade to new technology.
Summary: In it's day this was a very advanced high end receiver. It was the second wave of HDMI switchers, at an affordable price point - not $3,000. Today, these sale prices make this receiver an amazing deal. February 22, 2013 Update: Wow I can't believe I've had this receiver 7 years. It is still used every single day. It still works great. The turntable has been moved to a dedicated system (2 channel only) in another room.
Summary: Got mine in Amazon on July, '06. All was fine until a few weeks ago, when the HDMI-out port died. With my components all HDMI-based, losing that port was tantamount to losing the product. I replaced the receiver with a Denon, and all clicked again. Working now with Yamaha to get their receiver fixed - will report here how that went.