Summary: There were two things that convinced me get this model (besides it is Yamaha): HDMI upscaling and self-calibration. The calibration feature works awesome. The unit actually told me that the polarity of one of the rear speakers was incorrect. If you are unsatisfied, there are plenty adjustments that can be done manually too. Sound quality is absolutely fine and I never had any "insufficient power" issues in my 14'x30'+x10' living room.
Summary: Very impressed with this receiver. We had to buy a new A/V receiver when our Sony ES started having issues--speakers going out and last thing was clicking when powering up. The Yam beats the heck out of the Sony. Speaker setup was easy. Individual settings for every speaker. I have a Sony 1080p HDTV and the Yamaha does an awesome job of upscaling the satellite--better than the TV.
Summary: Sorry, Jaffe. I just don't agree with your assessment and can't help but think that there must be other issues associated with your setup. I did not find this to be a mediocre device at all. I was in the market for a current HDMI compatible A/V receiver. Like another reviewer before me, I too had an older Sony that ran hot and was built before the transition to true high definition audio and video.
Summary: There are two model numbers for this AV Receiver as disclosed on CNET. One model number is the RX-V565BL, the other is the HTR-6250BL, which I purchased. At various times, the prices of the two vary on Amazon, so I just went with the cheaper one. I coupled the receiver with the Energy Take Classic 5.1 and was able to get two satellites on Ebay to complete a 7.1 speaker system. To round out the system I have the Mitsubishi DLP 73".
Summary: *Edit* Uppdateringen löste ljud/video problemet. + Billig 4 HDMI in. Skalar upp allt analogt upp till 1080p HDMI. Scene valen. Direct läget. - Uppskalningen till 1080P är orolig, 1080i ser bättre ut. OSD är barnsligt fult, skulle hellre varit utan det eftersom det dessutom dödar uppspelningen på HDMI ibland.