Summary: I really like this. for a complete idiot it is still easy to use even though I can't figure it all out. anyone else who has the least bit of knowledge about these kinds of things will be amazed at all the features and different settings, etc. awesome, just totally awesome. loud and clean. this thing can rock the heck out of a house party, or for a movie or event night, etc. the neighbors will be pi$$ed!!!!
Summary: With the replacement model out now this model is now available at a price that is well below is true worth. Easy to use with sound quality across all formats that delivers each and every time. I am running Projector, TV, PS2, PC, DVD through this unit and each device and sound format is flawless and a pleasure to listen to. Watching a DVD via the projector with the Yamaha RX-V550 is as good as being at the cinema without having to leave your home.
Summary: I have this receiver connected to my Panasonic Progressive scan DVD, Dish Network DVR 522 sat TV, and PS2. The video is then sent to a Infocus SP 4805 projector, and the sound to Bose Acoustimass 5.1 speaker system. I had a Yamaha HTR 5650 receiver and was very happy with it until lightning struck my home and burned out all my equiptment. Now I have the RX V550 and so far it is better than the HTR series.
Summary: Matched with the Yamaha DVD S-540 and Yamaha Ns-P430 speakers, this is a very high quality system. Probably too many sound fields for my liking - gets confusing, other than that the sound is crystal. I'm so happy I went Yamaha over Sony. The speakers are so small, but the sound! Yamaha are well versed in true audio, worth a look over the generic mass market brands like Sony/Pioneer.
Summary: Real jam. Audiophiles dream. Im using it mainly in stereo with Tannoy m-4 s, with added Jensen pro 8 inch 300W woofers and Transparent cables, no need for optical, optical deteriorates sound. Almost hi end..
Pros: Linearity, controlled bass, details, wide stage, never expected for this price.
Summary: I love this receiver, Even my grumpy brother who's never impressed with anything was impressed. I bought this reciever on eBay for $499.00. It came bundled with a pair of (Japanese) NS-70 (3 way Towers) a YST-SW800 (1KW) Sub, NSE-56 Surrounds and an NSC-55 Centre. Am I happy?, you bet I am and they were all in mint condition. The RXV-550 and this speaker combination has transformed my living room into a "Sound Lounge" It's totally Efin' awsome!
Pros: Sound clarity even at high sound pressures through Yamahas own (Japanese) NS-70 (3 way Towers) and a Pair of YST-SW800 (1KW) Subs, NSE-56 Surrounds, NSC-55 Centres. Intuitive full function remote, impressive sound imaging.
Cons: Nothing really, No HDMI, if only it could be retro fitted?