Excerpt: A cross between a torque-driven Datsun Z and a rev-happy Mazda RX was the first thing I thought of when I read the model designation of Yamaha's new flagship receiver: RX-Z9. I wasn't far off.
Summary: The Yamaha RX-Z9 is an exceptionally good product and value, and in my opinion, dominates a segment of the marketplace currently not filled. It offers a quick auto set-up for the neophyte that will at least achieve a reasonably good sounding configuration some users ordinarily wouldn't be able to...
Pros: Excellent Sound for All Operational Modes., Component Video Upconversion and Digital Processing., Benchmark Audio Performance., Slick Auto Set-Up & Room Correction., i.Link for DVD-A / SACD.
Cons: Potentially Inaccurate Auto Set-Up., No Sub Out In 2CH Direct Mode., Runs extremely hot to touch., No DVI or HDMI., Low Current +12V Triggers.