Originally Posted by nmo
Did you upgrade from another receiver? Can you provide a little review on how it sounds? Thanks!
It's replacing a Sony STR-DG910. It's hooked up to a PS3/Xbox360/Wii/Tivo HD/digital out from PC, and is driving Paradigm Monitor 9 V.5 mains, CC290 center, and ADP190 dipole surrounds.
**Cliffs Notes** - Pro: Sounds awesome, does all the switching and conversion I need it to, optical out to Zone 2 is cool. Con: Audessey calibration is crap, remote is terrible.
Here's a copy/paste of the review I wrote for it on Crutchfield:
Initial setup was a bit of a pain. I ran the Audessey calibration with the mic and it didn't work. The speaker distances were all way off, it set the sub at -16db (making it inaudible), and set the sub crossover to 120hz. So I scrapped all of the Audessey settings, entered everything manually and it sounded much better (although annoyingly you can't set the sub crossover any lower than 60Hz). One useful thing I found was the Audessey EQ settings. The "Flat" EQ made my Paradigms sound WONDERFUL. It balanced the levels of all the frequencies and made for a more even sound. Mainly elevating the mid range that usually gets lost between the highs and lows, stuff you usually don't hear...
Assigning the inputs was easy enough if you read the manual carefully. The on-screen menu doesn't make it clear what everything means, so you'll have to refer to the manual.
Sound quality is improved over the Sony 910, but not as dramatically as I expected. There is definitely more detail and depth, especially at higher frequencies, but the difference isn't glaringly obvious. I think most of the difference comes from the EQ settings and the different processing options.
Lastly, the remote is just plain terrible. The main volume control button is small and toward the middle of the remote, and the buttons don't do what you'd expect them to. You have to push the AMP button THEN the source button TWICE when you want to select a source.
Other than the remote, this is a really nice unit. Looks nice, sounds great, does all the video converting I need it to, and the optical out to Zone 2 really nice to have. Worth a try if you ignore the Audessey calibration and look past the bonehead remote.