Pros: Easy setup, solid build, looks good, lots of features.
Cons: On screen GUI difficult to read. YPAO fairly worthless, does not upconvert composite video. Remote design.
I have had the same old Sony 5.1 receiver for 10+ years until recent thunderstorms finally killed it. Great excuse to buy a new receiver. After returning a defective Denon 1913, I settled on this. Yamaha has a good reputation for well built products, and I have some 30+ year old Yamaha pro audio gear in the basement that will attest. Setup was easy. The binding posts give you a little more room to work than the Denon, but definitely use banana plugs. My main reason for a 7.1 receiver is that I wanted to be able to switch between listening to audio in stereo through my DCM TimeFrame's and 5.1 for movies. Once I played around with this receiver for a few days, I have settled on...(read more)