Audiophile quality D/A. No frills. Excellent for smaller spaces.
John Yoder "John", Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: I recently moved into a condo and had to downsize my setup considerably. Went with the most non-frills 5.1 receiver that had a focus on good sound. This receiver delivers on those expectations. I'm powering Klipsch G-16's and a small Polk 8" sub. Sounds incredible. Very, very happy with my purchase, and wow, the price was fantastic.
Summary: This refurbished unit was a very good deal. I'm using it with a old ($900) bose system from 1996 and it works great. It brought my speakers back to life. It has a new smell to it when you open the box so it could have not been used very long. There was some small marks on the front, but nothing that you can see from 6 feet away. $169.99 + tax was a super good deal. All the HDMI ports and everything else works great.
Cons: Not many cons. One I can think of is that it has no indication when it is in Dolby Digital or DTS mode. The only way you can tell is to put it in straight stereo mode then you can see it change over to multi-channel mode when it receives the input. My last receiver had an overly bright light that would come on when it was receiving digital input. I would have also liked if it had a digital audio out (s/pdif or optical) for my HTPC, but that's not a big deal.
Summary: I previously had a 8-10 year old JVC receiver that drove all my home theater. I only have a 5.1 setup with a powered subwoofer. I had problems with my center channel fading out so I went with the Yamaha to replace my old JVC. The setup was easy, especially with the included microphone and setup utility. After I ran that and accepted the recommended settings, I popped in Black Hawk Down on Blu Ray and cranked it up.
Summary: There is a LOT of power in this receiver. My husband wasn't in the market for a receiver but he bought some Harmon Kardon speakers from a co worker for an awesome price! He had the speakers in a box and said he'd get a receiver sooner or later. I decided to take a look on Amazon to review some receivers for him. Low and behold when I clicked on this receiver and read the reviews I told my husband I think I've found it he totally agreed and the rest is history!
Summary: This unit sounds great. The setup was simple and fast. Everything was hooked up and ready to go within 2 hours of receipt. Could not have been easier to swap out my old system. The HDMI and optical connections sped things up considerably and the YMI Mic configuration was really helpful. I am very pleased with this unit as it meets all of my expectations and then some.TV sounds great, DVD's and BD's really pack a punch now and my own music sounds fantastic.
Summary: I bought this receiver to replace a 12 year old Panasonic that was still working fine, but did not have HDMI switching or a USB port. The Yamaha was easy to set up and does all of the things that I need it to do. I especially like the way it handles music files stored on a USB drive. There is a nice on-screen display that lets you choose folders, files, and songs using the Yamaha remote, so that you are not stuck with only using an iPod.