Summary: This is a good budget receiver that works well with a home theater setup. Plenty of features that are easy to access. One of the best remotes that you will find... it is very intuitive.Very easy to setup even for the non-technical person. Very much a plug and play receiver. However, if you are an audiophile or just someone who will be listening to your CD's thru this receiver, the Yamaha unit is not for you. In the TV mode the sound is very good.
Summary: I originally decided to get an AV/R because my current setup, which consists of an inexpensive mixer/console driving a pair of powered studio monitor speakers, lacked a remote control capability and didn't particularly look very good in my living room. Also I recently added a Panasonic BD player and was very impressed with the audio quality over the HDMI connection to the TV compared to that of my old, pre-HDMI DVD player.
Summary: When I set out to buy a receiver, I almost instantly settled on the Yamaha brand because of its excellent reputation and the fact I could sync up my lap top to it to play music through the bluetooth device ( Yamaha YBA-10WH Bluetooth Wireless Audio Receiver for Select Yamaha Home Theater Receivers ). My media center is also fully enclosed so I didn't want a unit that would run hot.