Summary: Was looking for a quality 5.1 receiver to replace my non functional 8 year old Sony receiver. Saw a similar unit like this at Best Buy and really like the sound. The unit I saw at BB was kind of high and same here until I saw this unit. Couldn't beat the $149 price on this unit for what it had to offer. Biggest selling points to me for this product was all the latest sounds like True HD and DTS-HD.
Need better explanation in manual of what buttons to setup
23 June 2010
Summary: I bought this to replace a cheap Philips theater/dvd system that stopped working. I used the old 3 ohm speakers with this set, and bought a Yamaha YST-SW216BSL subwoofer. The sound is awesome. Setup is easy, but I could use help on when to use some of the features, like direct, straight, and other modes. It is a crapshoot on what button to push for what I am listening to. Great modest home theater system.
Summary: If your looking for a quality receiver, I would recommend this receiver to anyone without hesitation. It simply does it all; multiple hdmi, audio, and video components which makes it easy to add dvd players, cable box, and many more. Also provides many modes to hear surround sound. Very easy to use.
Summary: Got this after upgrading to blu-ray. Decodes necessary audio formats for blu ray. For playing music this sounds as good as previous Yamaha receiver. Noticed that the newer model of this receiver has quite a different look (same front display though, I think)and has the preferred connectors for all the speakers, this model has cheaper clips for center and surrounds. Still very please, hope it lasts a decade like my last Yamaha receiver.
Summary: Just 3/4 of it original price, great sound and too much options to mention. have lots of power and makes my klipsch quintents scream and paired with a sub 12 and makes the floor rumble, puts out great sound on music and movies and various setups and DSP.
Summary: This receiver sounds great, passes great looking hi-def video, and has four HDMI inputs. Setup is a little complicated, but it just about has to be because of all the different video and audio types of connections that can be mixed and matched. For example, I have a DVI to HDMI cable from a computer (no audio) that had to be tied to an analog stereo input.