Summary: I bought this receiver about 5 years ago and still sounds awesome. I knew ahead of time it didn't have any HDMI. The main reason I purchased it was that it delivers 100w/ch x 7ch. I paired this receiver with an Infinity TSS-1100 surround sound 5.1 speaker system. I added 2 extra speakers to make it 7.1 and real glad I did. I only have 2 components hooked up to this receiver. My Directv HD DVR and a Samsung Blu Ray DVD. Both are hooked up with Digital Tos-Link Cables.
Summary: The sound and the features are incredible. The first DVD I played was LOTR, The Two Towers. When the wall blows up at Helms Deep, the bass shook the whole house - without a subwoofer! It was great. Much, much better than my old HTR-5130. The options are awesome too. I was able to reassign the input ports to different names - VCR to CDR, etc. I liked the YPAO which automatically sets up the speakers. I can now listen to OTA HDTV in 5.1 - great!
Summary: Love the sound performance especially the Enhancer option for most inputs excluding cable TV input. This receiver has the power and adjustments to deliver great performance at any level of volume. I purchased the RX-V659 because of the amount of optical inputs along with the Ipod input. I don’t use HD Television audio, instead I still use optical digital inputs so I don’t have to change out all of my components just so they can all be HD inputs.
Summary: I wanted an upgrade from my old Yamaha 595a that was rated at a modest 75wpc. I wanted more power and 7.1. What an upgrade it is. What sold me on this model is the review at [...]. The power rating of 100wpc on this unit is indeed underrated. One of the most underrated amps of all time I'd say. It Kicks major pooper. Absolutely Love everything about this reciever but the power most of all.
Summary: This is the second one I own. The first is used with my television and surround sound speakers and works great. I purchased this second unit to power outdoor speakers. I particularly like the Zone 2 feature which allows me to control the volume of two sets of speakers independently.
Summary: I bought this Amplifier to replace the equipment I had purchased in Germany 20+ years ago; while it was still functional, it did not have the surround sound characteristics I am looking ( listening ) for. This amplifier does everything I want and more. It not only does a 7.1 surround sound process, but has many other ' preset ' functions available at the front panel selection, such as 2 channel stereo, 7 channel stereo, Game setting, Entertainment ( sports ), Movie...
Summary: I have a Yamaha reciever that I like, so I thought I would try another. It has a lot of features and with that comes added complexity. It had extra optical inputs that I needed because I love Dolby Digital surround and it allowed me to connect my DVR, PS3, and XBOX 360 so everything is in surround sound. The HDMI switching will have to wait until my next receiver.
Summary: Contrary to a previous review - this receiver will set up easily & will output 5.1, 6.1 OR 7.1 (& more with a/b or extra zone). You just have to correctly wire your speakers (auto set-up will TELL you if you are properly hooked) & the 659 will do the rest. Auto set-up very close - I lowered center 1db for my preference - the rest was FINE!
Summary: I recomend this unit for anyone. It is a huge upgrade from my five year old kenwood that I paid $400 for. When I was shopping for a new receiver I considered Onkyo, Pioneer, Denon, Yamaha. From my research I eliminated Denon because all I heard was that all Denon receivers are a pain to setup. Next I eliminated Pioneer because only the Pioneer Elite receivers compared to this Yamaha unit but, the Pioneers' were much more expensive. So it came down to Onkyo and Yamaha.