Great Receiver for current setup (but not future proof!)
Picky Parent, Amazon
1 week ago
Summary: It's an older 2013 model, but does what I want. My setup - 5.1 speakers, 1080p LED TV, BluRay, Apple TV, Wii; wired ethernet; Logitech Harmony remote with IR repeater (So I can hide devices in a cabinet) Tons of features - here are my favorites - 1) ON SCREEN GUI that overlays on picture - I can set pretty much every single setting from the GUI on my TV. Love that. Lets me hide the receiver in a cabinet, never to be seen again.
Summary: I got this receiver on a 'black Friday' type sale close to the holidays. I honestly can't believe the quality of the product I got for the money. It replaced an older Denon receiver that easily cost 4X the price and I didn't drop an ounce of sound quality, and moved to HDMI interfaces.
Pros: 'bang For The Buck', Clear Sound, Easy To Set Up, Intuitive Controls, Thundering Bass
Summary: I am very happy with this product and will recommend it to others. I had some trouble finding a matching speakers within my budget and finally settled with Cinema 300. I expected the receiver to play video content from my hard drive but it didn't even bother to read anything from the disk as it was NTFS formatted. I can play mp3 from my thumbdrive though. I would like to see some updates in regarding NTFS and HD video playback.
Pros: Clear Sound, Easy To Set Up, Energy Efficient, Thundering Bass
Summary: Very nice receiver. This is the second Yamaha receiver I have owned and I have been very satisfied with them. I used to always buy Sony, but for the price the Yamaha has more features. The price on this receiver (new) was very good although it isn't the latest model. I don't think you could touch any other quality receiver with the same set of features for the price I paid for this one.
Summary: . My 3 year old Pioneer Elite receiver started losing source sound when you change channels or just for the heck of it. But they are supposed to be so good you say! That's what I thought too, but so wrong. When I first got it it had handshake issues with my Verizon DVR and I had to use component cable and run a optical for sound. Then the sound return from the Smart TV won't go back thru the HTMI and an other optical cable needed.
The sound is just excellent. While I was not per se looking for ...
Thijs H., Amazon
25 January 2015
Summary: I got this receiver in the black friday week at bargain price. First things first: The sound is just excellent. While I was not per se looking for many of the functions (including room 2, the internet connectivity), I do end up using them. A $15 dongle made the receiver accesible through WiFi, and AirPlay is nice to have the same music across the house.
Summary: Will spare you the details since others have written plenty. One thing maybe not mentioned already is the inputs are not pre-labeled (dvd, tv, phono, etc). You have hdmi 1, hdmi 2, component 1, component 2, etc. Usually we need a chart to remember what is plugged in where. Anyway, really been happy so far!
High end receiver at a modest price for what you get
John C. Homer, Amazon
21 January 2015
Summary: I upgraded from 10 year old Sony 5.1 system to this. There's absolutely no comparison! The DTS setup in 7.1 is mind blowing. You can tweek each speaker individually or let it do it automatically using the supplied microphone. I listened to the Onkyo and Pioneer. I chose this one because of the sound quality, adjustability and simplicity. One tip I'll render. I tried to re-use the 22g wire that came with my old system. Just don't do it! This is a powerful amplifier.
Summary: Got it for a steal on a black friday deal. Paired it with some good speakers. It sounds phenomenal. The coolest thing for me is the iOS app for my phone. I can start music in the morning from my bed.
Pros: Clear Sound, Easy To Set Up, Interfaces Well With TV