Summary: If you are looking for an old school stereo, you can't do much better for the price. I have a Yamaha home theater unit that is serving me well after many years, so I looked at staying with Yamaha and I am glad that I did.
Summary: This Yamaha AM/FM stereo receiver was the perfect and necessary addition to my stereo system. The quality is the best and the sound is awesome! I had looked for a long time for a stereo receiver and was unable to find it locally as it seems everyone wants the small compact stereo systems.
Summary: Great sounding stereo receiver. The hundred watt monicker is misleading. It's fifty very conservatively rated watts, but it sounds like 200+. Very clean and musical sound. Just wish it had a optical input and output.
Summary: I got this unit to replace the receiver of a system I bought used for a real steal from a co-worker. The only problem was the old receiver sat in storage so long it wasn't working well at all. After a long search I decided on this Yamaha unit.
Summary: I got this to improve our aging system, We love, love it, I am a 72 yr old female and was amazed at how easy it was to set up, Got both this RX 397 receiver and the Yamaha CDC-697 Compact Disc Automatic Changer. Took me longer to take apart the old stuff then to set up this new one.
Summary: Easy to install and use. Great sound for the price however lacking in bass. Sounds wonderful for classic music but not as good for today's music that contains more bass for the total affect. Overall a good buy.
Summary: The RX-397 has outstanding response to LPs, the major reason I chose it. The FM reception needed a bit of a boost, but with an inexpensive ($30) signal booster from Radio Shack I was able to get extremely clear reception from a "maybe" station that I enjoy.
Summary: Surprisingly good, clean sound. Much warmer than anticipated. Excellent controls and input capability. FM reception is adequate with the provided inside wire dipole, expect better when I have the opportunity to connect to my roof top FM antenna.