"Great AVR, not just for the price"4.0 starson by brjoce
Pros: This system has wonderful sound, got my PS3, 360, wii, and dvd routed through and they all sound and look great. Setup was relatively easy. Plays my Sony Walkman A728, not even Sony AVRs do this without the $100 add-on.
Cons: Not really, the system produces a significant amount of heat, but most AVRs do in my experience, so find a space with adequate ventilation-you need about 3 in above the player to cool it.
Summary: Performance: Can't say anything but nice things about this AVR. All my components sound great, it appears to be future proof with 4 HDMIs, I'm currently only using 1. I have this hooked up to my WEGA 34XBr970 (3 year old 1080i HDTV) and it compliments it nicely with its 7.1 sound, this was a significant upgrade from my 8 year old ancient AVR. My den is an ok size and this fills it with great sound without any problems. The fact that this works with my Sony walkman is fantastic, considering that even Sony's AVRs support it only after you buy an additional add on...I just plugged in via USB and boom my music was on the GUI and I was able to navigate from the remote to play whatever I wanted in MP3 or WMA.
Setup: This part was fairly intuitive, I did have to reference my manual a few times to make sure I was doing some of the calibrations and manual setups correctly. The manual is a bit clumsy but overall you can find what you need in it. The remote does need an overhaul in functionality, but you get used to it. The system does produce significant heat and so you will need to place it in a well-ventilated area...as the previous poster had mentioned, I also placed mine in a tv stand but only had about 3 cm of space above the unit, so it generated alot of heat on the shelf above it. I had to move the unit to an audio pier, from which the unit performs beautifully now while remaining cool (I have about 3 in head space above the AVR).
Bottom Line: I could have gone more expensive with some convincing needed for my wife, but this unit caught my eye and shocked me when I started researching it about a month ago. For the money and then some, this unit is a definite purchase and my home theater is better for it.