Summary: I wasn't surprised by the natural sound coming from this receiver since I owned the previous version the RX-396 and was very happy with it. This unit comes with a "Pure Direct" switch that allows you to bypass the Bass & Treble filters which were missing on the previous unit. Still, the unit does not compare to older Yamaha receivers(1970-1980's) that came enclosed in real wood, with silky smooth controls, came with a silver plate face instead of boring black and had...
Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy Setup, Energy Efficient, Good Power Output, Good Remote Control, Great Sound Quality
Summary: This receiver is used for FM radio and playing CD's via a CD changer and performs both functions well, with easy controls (other than a few of the b uttons being tiny). For around $200 I cannot imagine a better product.
Summary: This entry level receiver has all you need for a smaller area. It has plenty of power at 50W per channel and a very smooth,warm sound. The 4Ohm switch allowes the use of two sets of speakers without stressing the amp. I hooked up the front speakers to channel A, and a passive DVC sub-woofer to channel B, and it sounds GREAT!
Excerpt: This is a good all round unit and has phono input also. Very clear power output. The only thing I am not happy about is the AM tuner side. I can onlt get one channel if I am lucky. I have other AM/FM receivers that are perfect no matter what the cost. This unit just does not receive AM signals well at all, if any. Buyer beware.
Summary: Summary: Where are the mid-price, mid-fi 2-channel stereo receivers? Is everything going multi-channel, multi-feature? Our upstairs living room provides nearly perfect sound phonics for stereo music. We listen to music, not movies and did not want another multi-surround set (that's downstairs). But no way could we justify hi-fi (ad-com, rotel, etc.), so when this unit showed up new in 2005 it immediately caught my eye.