Summary: I started off on the wrong foot from the start. 1. by buying from BB 2. listening to one of the sales reps and not doing my own research. What they didnt tell me was that you can run hdmi cables but still have to run rca or coax cables just for sound.
Summary: It's cheap enough, but I simply never expected the HDMI not to support audio. Not only does this mean no HD Audio (DTS-HD or Dolby TrueHD), but if you have a long run (like I do) you'll have to run 2 cables instead of 1, and make the nice HDMI wall plate I had already set up useless.
Summary: Yamaha is a good name, but this time I'm so disappointed. After my research under $200's receiver(most brand) are not support HDMI sound output. I've Xbox 360, Wii, and PS2, they all use component cable, plus DVD and VCR, there have not enough space for me.
Summary: I generally like Yamaha products but this receiver has one huge flaw. The HDMI outs do not support audio sound. I ran separate optical audio outputs from cable box and CD player. The one HDMI out on the reciever only worked with DVD not Cable box or DTV inputs.
Failed in a week and so replaced with the same model
9 July 2009
Summary: Unit worked well for a week and then failed (turned off within 10 secs. and could not be reset). It was returned without any problem and a new unit ordered. So far, the replacement has worked as expected.