Summary: I have listened to many separates stereo piece costing thousands dollars more and I can honest say this the best all around receiver, I have ever heard. Some of the separates I have listen to are a McIntosh $25,000 2 channel speaker, power amp, pre-amp and cd system. The McIntosh was only a bit better. The biggest difference I heard from the McIntosh was in the mid range sound. The mid range were a bit more open and airy. However, this receiver is a amazing.
Summary: Crank it and lean back. No all in one unit can touch the power of a the mighty Z9. Sure, it may not have the fancy HDMI switching of newer and cheaper units on the market, but if your goal is to crank it, the Z9 is right in your wheelhouse. This thing is the 454 SS Chevelle of AV receivers....fat, heavy, and packed with power that just begs you to use it. PROTIP: if you have a Z9 that turns off randomly...tighten ALL the screws on the back of the unit.
Sounds amazing.Music and Movies take on added height and Realism.
28 December 2012
Summary: Very powerful and clean sounding receiver. I was initially in the market for a Denon 5803 because it is said they sound warmer than the RX V1, and RX Z1 that I currently owned and my speakers are of the bright sounding variety. I finally scored a 5803A on ebay at a decent price. Unfortunately it was damaged during shipping. I was able to try it out before i sent it back and it was as described by many a warmer sounding receiver than the V1 and the Z1.
Summary: I have been a fan of Yamaha gear for some time and have owned a lot of their vintage gear , I was looking for a Receiver to run my sacd through for multichannel music and also thought it would be a decent addition to my home theater system also . I did not expect it to sound this good driving my vintage Polk RTA-12s ,these speakers are power hungry and I usually drive them with two separate amplifiers but to my amazement this Receiver makes them sound very dynamic .
Summary: I have owned this receiver for 5 years now. I use Klispsh speakers for movies and Martin Logan speakers for music. This receiver is awesomely powerful. The sound is very clean even at high volume levels. 170 watts x 7 is nothing to sneeze at. By today's standards, it may seem outdated as it doesn't have HDMI, something that wasn't popular at the design of this receiver. I don't care. I use it for audio and not picture. I let my HDTV handle the picture anyway.
Summary: Although the older z7 is still illustrated in Yamaha's web page as well as the latest z11, the z9 is conspicuously absent. The z7 has 140wattx7 whereas the z9 has 170x7 while the z11 reverted to 140x7+50x2. Evidence gathered from other users showed the z9 has heat problems that caused the z9 to auto-shut down unexpectedly.
Summary: I was looking for a surround sound system to compliment my blu-ray player. I wanted something affordable and sleek. This system was around $500 at best buy but its the older model and you can find it for less if you hunt for it. I got mine for more than 50% less than when it first came out. Its a definite improvement in sound but I dont think I buy into the air surround idea. Maybe its because my home is a little more open than what this is for.
Summary: Easy to install, Easy to use & configure. You can have it going in less than half hr. The subwhoofer and the central bar speaker are very effective.Ideal for use where you have space constraint or you do not want wires to be seen. Much better than competing products from the likes of SONY. Though not a true replacement for a full fledged Home theater system, it is good value for money.
Summary: I have alot of high end equipment and have been testing this for a week and would have to say it's the best receiver I have ever heard. The brochure bills it as a combination of high end seperates into one component so I put this to the test. First I compared this to a Nakamichi CA1/PA1 combination in 2 channel mode. My source unit was a Krell MD2 cd transport/studio processor. I used the pure direct input on the Yamaha to avoid any signal processing.