Summary: Inexcusable that a receiver in this timeframe does not come STANDARD with RDS and HD Radio! Read the cons for the rest of the MIA features. This unit is half baked, but there could be potential if Yamaha adds the misses in my cons section. The system is underpowered for my Polk RTiA9 and matching surround w/sub (7.1 setup). Overall, a good entry-level system, but not as good as it should be for the price, IMHO.
Pros: Airplay Audio, Ios App For Control
Cons: Confusing Remote, Difficult To Set Up, Ios App Has No Equalizers, Ios App Is Too Limited, No Airplay Mirroring, No Airplay Video, No Backlitglow On Remote, No HD Radio, No Rds, No True 2nd Audio Zone, Onscreen Video From 80s, Poor Interface, Remote Is Clutteredbusy, Too Big, Underpowered, Verylimited Web Interface
Summary: I tried this receiver because it was on sale on Amazon ~50 less than their normal price. Originally i had planned on getting a Onkyo 616. Should have stuck to the original plan. The Yamaha was OK meaning it can work as a receiver. But today your buying it to be much more. I wanted Pandora and other internet radio stations to work. Unfortunately when I read this has internet radio I did not read or research it further.
Summary: I wish there was a manual delivered with the product. I'm sure there is one online but I can't believe for the money one wasn't included. I haven't really been able to utilze it its full potential due to this. I'm hoping it works out but so far so good.
Summary: I read the other reviews carefully before purchasing this $500 receiver, but I thought "Who cares about the remote or the on-screen interface?". And I was right as long as I was using my universal remote and just watching TV, DVD or Roku. But then I decided to try streaming from my Windows PC. The instructions tell you to repeatedly press the Net key on the remote until you see your server. Unfortunately, the remote has TWO buttons labeled NET.
Summary: Solid receiver overall. But I am quite disappointed because I selected this unit in part because of how much it brags about its wireless capabilities. It actually is not wireless unless you purchase a $90 seperate unit. You can hook this receiver up to your network with an ethernet. But it is absolutely not wireless out of the box. Once hooked up to a wired network, you can use functions such as air play.
I will not purchase Yamaha devices again. Poor customer service!
5 September 2012
Summary: I had issues with this receiver. One of my components will not work with this unit. A Linksys DMA2100 media center extender is not compatible with HDMI of this unit. I contacted Yamaha customer service and they were not willing to work on fixing the issue. Yamaha customer service is horrible! I plan on selling this and finding something that supports more HDMI sources.
Summary: Despite being offered as an upgrade, this amplifier still lacks a wifi connection. For internet connectivity it has to be hardwired to a LAN which will make it difficult to get software updates. Typical Yamaha with flat reponse; preset "scene" settings make it easy to program enhanced sound for different media types.