There's just too much in the manual on too many unnecessary features and settings
Dean J. Pasquale, Amazon
17 November 2014
Summary: It's taken me 4 years to figure how to operate the basics. I don't know if this exact model is sold any more, but Yamaha offers something similar. There's just too much in the manual on too many unnecessary features and settings. I like the performance (sound), and especially the surround sound decoder function. I can't figure out the scene template feature. I can't figure out why anyone would want all the redundant music enhancement settings like a "Hall in Munich" vs.
Nothing couuently available comes close for the cost
Oldfart48 "Oldfart48", Amazon
1 October 2014
Summary: I know this is no longer available and that is a shame. When I got mine the price was reasonable for the capability it offered. Anything close to the same capability in today's market is in the $1K-plus range. If you are lucky enough to have one, keep it. If you can find a good used or factory rebuilt one grab it. You won't regret it.
Summary: i love audio and it is one of my hobbies to listen into high volume on the weekends with nice speakers setup overal this receiver has given me what i wanted after i have tried several other receivers in different brands, as i was doing audio installations for some small business surround sounds for their daily play as an extra to my business as IT guy.
Great sound, good quality, but don't lose the manual.
30 November 2013
Summary: After doing a lot of research and reading many reviews, I decided to go with the receiver. If I have to upgrade, I'll be getting another Yamaha for sure. All of the channels have the same high-quality dacs and amps and they sound great. The auto-calibration feature works well. I couldn't ask for better as far as sound quality. The negatives are relatively minor so I'm a little torn about docking a star. But...
Summary: Bought this Yamaha RX-V863 receiver in 2010, after about 2 years it started turning off by itself. At first it only happened occasionally then progressively it became more frequent. I called Yamaha and they told me the receiver would need to be repaired and the closest repair shop was about 1 hour away. I live in the Bay Area so I would think they should have more than 1 repair location.
Summary: This replaced an older model yamaha. The setup worked faster on the older model, on this model I had to do it three times before it worked. Another thing the volume was much lower I used to have it set at -32 on this model its playing at -23 but it still sounds great and glad I bought it.
Summary: Had this receiver for 2 years and 4 months. Watching TV and the picture went out. Yamaha support was terrible. Took it to repair shop and they said the mother board was out and needed a new one for $450. missed it being under warranty by 4 months. Very disappointing, will not buy another Yamaha again.
Summary: Upgraded from a Yamaha HTR and have been overall disappointed. This may be the last Yamaha I own. Issues: Amplifiers are extremely low (almost have to run at 0DB...) Have 5x120W RMS speakers... HDMI changing has all sorts of issues; occasionally I will have shut everything down to get it to re-sync correctly and provide video HDMI is only 1.3A. No 3D TV support...
Summary: He tenido este receptor por un año y medio y puedo recomendarlo ampliamente. Sus múltiples modos para cine lo hacen competente para los diversos formatos que existen en la actualidad. Se puede configurar a 4, 6, u 8 ohm de manera sencilla, por lo que prácticamente no hay limitaciones a la hora de escoger los altoparlantes. La calidad de sonido es óptima en cine, e igualmente en estéreo, no llegando a causar fatiga.
Summary: Very happy with this receiver. Sound is CRYSTAL clear. Interface is very easy to use though display is not state of the art. I love the optical and HDMI inputs (though I would not mind seeing 5 rather than 3 HDMI inputs). The only thing limiting the quality of sound you receive is the quality of the speakers you pair with this device. Like the upscaling feature though this device is not compatible with 3d upscaling.