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. I like the way that the large volume knob rotates when you are using the remote to to turn the volume up or down. The only thing that wasn't perfect is that you can not see what the volume is from far away.
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. I checked Amazon, and found this Yamaha RX397 100 watt natural sound AM/FM stereo to be just what I was looking for. The sound is amazing and the volume is terrific.
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. Nice feature is Md selector, and excellent provisions for tape dubbing or any other dubbing. Has a cool power volume controls that moves as you use remote, so you can see as well as hear how far you've turned it up.
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. It was exactly what I was hoping for, no needless features, just a solid basic unit. Works great with the older turntable. VERY easy to use. Raw direct button is a cool feature.
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. We can not believe how wonderful the sound is, have it hooked up to 8 speakers and the sound is so clear and pure.
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. The programing of station tuning is a bit complicated, but once it's done, it's done. A quality piece of equipment at a very good price.
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. Functional remote (how much would we have loved to have that back in the day)? Plenty of power and sound quality for a secondary stereo, as in a den or family room.