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: I ordered this as a NEW product from newegg and the box it got sent from says RMA warehouse. I'm starting to think I'm not confused by the settings but they sold me someone else broken junk.
Pros: It sounds great, has tons of power, makes my speakers come alive. Has all the hookups I need. I am totally happy when I can get it working, I have it hooked up with a rca cord from my computer output jack.
Cons: Its to difficult to change settings, when you read the manual its a joke. I'm going to quote out of the manual. "1. press 8 (amp) then press 11(menu) on the remote. Press 12 then press up or down.. Select sound menu then press 12 then press up or down repetitively. press enter on the desired one,...
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: Requested this as a gift because I wanted to be able to do audio over HDMI. Nothing mentioned that it didn't support that on this site or on Yamaha's. Since it was bought there are quite a few reviews mentioning it now but this is something that NEEDS to be stated up front.
Pros: Excellent sound quality and a plethora of connections.
Cons: Some of those connections are gimped. ie the HDMI connections. This receiver only supports audio passthrough over HDMI, it is not able to do anything with audio via HDMI. This is a HUGE problem in a modern AV receiver!!!!
Summary: HDMI pass-through is not listed in the product specs. Failure to list this makes this product a bait-and-switch, since it is an audio receiver and is listed as having 2 HDMI inputs.
Pros: I guess it is cheap...
Cons: This receiver does HDMI pass through. That means, instead of actually processing the HDMI audio, it passes it along to the TV to process. How does that add value? It doesn't. Keep in mind that the only thing it does with HDMI is switch between two inputs.
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.