Summary: As a replacement for my Technics Receiver, this was very easy to set up, and the reception of both bands (AM/FM) was great. The separation and sound quality was unmatched and much improved over my Technics Receiver. I would recommend this to friends. I barely had to use the instruction booklet, the unit was that well marked, which made setup so easy. The remote is nicely laid out and easy to use.
so only two channels was fine and I needed a phono input for my turntable
Tara T., Amazon
22 October 2014
Summary: I bought this receiver to replace my aging NAD AV716. I didn't need something for HT, so only two channels was fine and I needed a phono input for my turntable. After receiving the unit I did an A-B test with my NAD running through JBL bookshelf speakers using the Smithereens 11 CD. Starting with the Yamaha I found the sound restrained and lacking punch. Switching to the NAD (also 50w) the first thing I noticed was the guitar distorted, while it was clean on the Yamaha.
Summary: My faithful 31 year-old NAD 3150/4150 system finally died, so I did some online searching and noticed this receiver. It has that clean, simple look and similar power and distortion as ratings my old system. If you're looking for honest power ratings, look for RMS ratings, as they are the most meaningful along with very low distortion levels; this one is rated at 50 watts RMS per channel at .04% THD, very good specs.
Excerpt: I find no CONs, but only PROs about this receiver. The sound quality is great and doesn't sound muffled as did my old TECHNICS receiver. The reception in both AM and FM are very clear and easy to tune to the right station without "jiggling" the dial to tune in stations---they are precise.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy To Set Up, Energy Efficient, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality
Summary: I feel that the 0.5db steps for the volume are ridiculous. It takes way too many turns of the volume knob to adjust the volume. There simply is no need for such a fine adjustment of the volume. Secondly, if I had my druthers, I’d like to have a switched ac receptacle on the rear of the unit – just like in the old days. I have a powered sub that will not switch itself on or off and that’s where I would have the use of such a receptacle.