Summary: It has been 20+ years since I updated by sound/home theater system, so my review won't be helpful as comparisons go. The Sony I replaced had nothing new-tech about it, no HDMI capabilities, etc. This might as well be my first receiver. Actually it is my first Yamaha Receiver.
Summary: This receiver is a good choice for those who are starting a new system or even upgrading an older Yamaha receiver like me. It has good sound, a little too much trebble initially (before tweaks and break in) but once you hook up a sub to it...look out.
Summary: After couple weeks of ownership, here are some thoughts. This receiver is a good choice for prudent movie lovers who don't need all those newest features about wireless streaming from iPods, iPhones, iPads, Internet radios, etc.
Summary: very happy with the Yamaha RX-V571BL 7.1-Channel AV Receiver, easy to use, GUI is very nice. Bought the Sony STRDH820 7.2 Channel 3D AV Receiver, and it was ok except for the on screen menu which would leave what you were watching, therefore had no surround sound to adjust speakers, with the Yamaha...
Summary: Exactly as others describe, probably the best Receiver in this price range. 4 Stars only because when you try and route hdmi through the Receiver then the TV, it has caused picture problems (from a mac) and sound problems (xbox-no center output). I would buy again.
Summary: There seems to be a confusion with the power of this receiver. 180 Watt total or per channel. If the total output power is 180 what is output per channel. The current listing would certainly not help....
Summary: I am a big fan of Yamaha receivers. This one handles HDMI switching perfectly. The sound quality is excellent. Calibration was quick and easy. I really enjoy the on screen display and iPod integration.
Summary: This has everything you need for a an awesome sound and Home Theater System! Very impressed by all the HDMI ports and Digital optical sound port. Front plug in for I pod or USB dock and many pre set sound settings.
Summary: I have always liked Yamaha products and this does not disappoint. My friend has the 5.1 receiver and found it worked great, I opted for the 7.1 channel receiver. The options on this machine is just right for me and is not very difficult to figure out.