Summary: I purchased the Yamaha RX-V465BL 525 along with the Klipsche HD500 for $700 bundle. Let me say that my old $300 Sony mini system sounds way better. I had blindly purchased this bundle without doing some homework or testing at the stores. I don't really know if its really the receiver or speakers but they're both worthless. First the Yamaha Receiver doesn't have too many options as far as equilizer (you get just the Treble and Bass).
Summary: I had owned a Yamaha AV receiver (which had to be repaired twice in the three years I owned it before it crashed and burned completely), but--sucker that I am--I decided I had just been unfortunate enough to get a lemon. I would give Yamaha one more shot because I liked the features, at least as they were described in various reviews, CNET, And then I sat down and began reading the manual.
Beware: not HDMI for TV and Really Hard to Setup and Use!
Michael Z. Jody "Psychoanalyst, amateur music..., Amazon
11 December 2009
Summary: I ordered this Yamaha receiver as it seemed both a good price and a well-made product. Also a salesman at BestBuy told me it was really easy to use and that was why he had gotten one for his grandmother. She must be one smart granny if she can use it! First complaint: although it purports to use HDMI to set up your television, actually the HDMI is ONLY for video. You must still use another cable to connect the audio. That seems kind of...odd? Pointless? Hmmmm.
Summary: DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT! Yamaha has really screwed up by not making this unit compatible with all cable box providers!!! The receiver worked fine at the beginning (a few weeks). Then the video starting cutting out for about 2 seconds at a time (HDMI goes through the receiver and then to the TV). The audio also cuts out when this happens. There isn't a pattern, sometimes everything works for a day, other times it will cut out 5 times in 10 minutes.