Great Value and recommended for great surround sound.
5 May 2011
Summary: Great buy for the money, good value! The system sounds excellent and is easy to use. The automatic setup with included microphone is fast, easy, and works great. The unit does tend to get rather hot so be careful if you intend to put it in an enclosed cabinet or tight space. I recommend the system for surround sound but it's probably not the best if you expect excellent quality music.
Summary: Can't go wrong. Great bang for the buck. Don't be afraid of manufacture refurbished models, you'll save money in the long run. I also have the next model down and both perform well. Subwoofer is plenty loud at half volume and receiver doesn't run excessively hot, even in a rather tight tv stand.
Made a Great Decision buying this Home-Theatre System....CR best buy!!!
19 February 2011
Summary: I spent a lot of time reasearching Home Theatre systems for just about the past year. I was always taken away by the Bose systems in the stores that go in the $1,500 range, also the 2-3 speaker systems for $700-800. I have not had a home theatre for some time and my last big stereo purchase was a Aiwa receiver (5.1) with front and back speakers from Cambridge Soundworks. A nice little system that I have enjoyed for the past 10+ years. It was time to upgrade.
Summary: I did extensive research before I made this purchase. I literally spent 4 months reviewing and waiting for prices to drop before pulling the trigger on this HTIB. I currently only have my Xbox 360 and a computer connected to the receiver and a 46 inch LCD. I use the computer for my TV (antennae and internet). The picture quality dramatically improved running the computer through the receiver. I also live in an apartment so a HTIB setup is ideal for my situation.
Summary: Set up was easy. I had already cut my 14 gauge speaker cable and put banana clips on one side before I got this system. It is well balanced. At first it was ok. Then I used the microphone to setup the system. it made a world of difference now it sounds great. The sounds are crystal clear. You don't have to crank it up to enjoy it. With all the speakers you are never to far away from one. When watching a movie and you really want to crank it up it does not disappoint.
Summary: First let me say that I am an electrical contractor with 30 years experience. I wire houses and surround sound systems for a living, so I'm anything but a beginner, but it was very frustrating installing this system. Pros: INCREDIBLE SOUND from a good looking system once it's working. Cons: The manual is quite poor. The wiring included with this system looks to be way too small (I only used it for the initial setup), but was color coded and made for an easy install.
Summary: Pros - The sound is amazing. Prior to this I had a Samsung All in One BluRay 5.1 surround system and I'm baffled by how much better this sounds. The receiver has every kind of input you'll ever need. Cons - The SubWoofer is huge and the receiver is big as well. This was almost a deal breaker with my girlfriend. It didn't come with enough speaker wire to reach the back surrounds. My living room is average size Overall I'm very satisfied with my purchase.
Summary: I purchased this system on Black Friday, and noticed shortly after that it was "under review" by Amazon. Several of the other reviews state that the unit overheats and malfunctions if the vent is blocked, and were considering that to be a defect. This system could very well be a popular first home theater receiver/amp, so for those of you who aren't familiar with these kinds of things, think of it this way- the main unit is a video/audio processor packaged in a metal box...
Summary: Finally, was able to spend time and funds on my man cave/ den. This system is exactly what I was looking for. I am 65% done with room. Utilized the 7.1 speaker set up, but you can use many different speaker set ups. The Subwoofer is HUGE and luckly was able to fit behind the couch. This is not ideal, but this thing is HUGE...did I already say that? Can't wait to watch a DVD with a Saturn V rocket launching...will probably shake the paint of the walls.
Summary: I just bought this over a month and a half ago and it came damaged so I had to return it, a new one was shipped to me the following week, of course this one never worked right. The video works fine but the sound keeps cutting out. I bought new High def HDMI to hook up my PS3 and cable, still haveing same problems of sound cutting out. The video stays on only.