Pros Incredibly powerful & flexible
Cons HDMI & Digital Audio issues
Summary There are some irritating issues.
1) You HAVE to make sure you have the latest firmware installed in the receiver or it won't recognize any device connected by HDMI.
2) If you are going to connect an HD cable or satellite box, you have to perform a hard reset on the HD cable or satellite box after you connect using HDMI. There are communication issues otherwise & the receiver won't recognize the device or accept a signal. After spending HOURS on the phone with Sony & Time Warner, I figured this out on my own.
3) Thus far I cannot send a digital audio input into the receiver to a second receiver driving speakers in other parts of the house. It will only output analog inputs.
Pros Everything you want and more in a receiver.
Cons Stock remotes. O'well get the RM-AX4000A (Awesome)
Summary If you have money to burn and you have been itching for a new recevier. Look no more. This has it all. This reciver trimmed so much wire clutter in the back of my audio/video rack it was scary. About 50% less wires. The 6 HDMI's was a selling point. I have four components attached already. I ps3, xbox 360, PC, BDP 2000ES Blu Ray and have 2 HDMI to spare. I have 2 Sony 300 dvd changers hooked up via s-video and it upconverts my media to 1080P very nicely. Another selling point. The sound is rich from all the components. Espeically from my game consoles. Speaker set up is very easy as describe by other reviews. I have this monster reciver connected to a Mitsubishi 657331 and the picture is marvelous. I am a little put off with the stock remotes. (Too many and too small buttons and a bit confusing remote). O'well get the RM-AX4000A for this receiver. It is awesome for it. This receiver is worth every penny. Good job Sony!
"Great product"on by redcrox
Pros GUI, crystal clear sound, very good video upscaling
Cons remote control buttons cluttered
Summary I was intially wary of getting this receiver because the price was too steep for me. But I am glad I bought it. It compliments my 1080p plasma and my infinity speakers real well. Setting up the coonections and setup was not that complicated - thanks to the GUI. Performing auto calibration of the speakers using the stereo microphone provided was a real breeze. My advise is to save the autocalibration settings and tweak them per your taste (eg. verify speakers are set to small if you have a powered subwoofer). The audio quality is simply awesome. Another major strength of this receiver is its viedo upscaling. Non HD satellite TV programming and DVD movies look a lot better and fill up the entire screen. No need to stretch or zoom to fill your screen. (Videos shot in cinema scope have black bars on top and bottom as expected).
Just a word of caution: The upscaled image quality is much improved, but dont expect it to be the same as native HD sources.
I read a lot about HDMI audio issues of this receiver in this forum. My personal experience has been that HDMI inputs/outputs are NEVER universally compatible. But the good news about this receiver is it has abundant choices of video audio hookups and allows you to play mix and match - in case you you have an issue with one of the 9 possible HD sources you can hook up to this receiver. Overall I am a very satisfied customer and would highly recommend the product.
Pros Awesome sound and options
Cons Can't play CD's connected with HDMI, no bass crossover
Summary I got this wicked receiver to complement my Sony TV, my Sony PS3 and my Xbox. I read about the problem hooking up with Direct TV using HDMI but I read they fixed it on the newer serial numbered receivers you would buy right now. I brought it home and was impressed by the number of connections. The GUI interface to do settings was great and easy to use. The remote was pretty confusing at first glance but when using the GUI you really only use a couple buttons and the arrow keys, you will use the other buttons as shortcuts as you become more familure. So I'm psyched about my reciever, it played games and Blue-ray with surround awesome, and then I tried to play a CD.
I had everything hooked up via HDMI. If I tried to play a CD in either my PS3 or Xbox, it would only output sound to the two front speakers. The reciever has MULTIPLE options as to how you want it to decode sound and play it on other speakers, but NONE OF THEM WORKED WITH THE CD.
I hooked my Xbox up with component cables and coaxial audio jacks, and the problem WENT AWAY! Sounded Great! All the sound options (pro logic coding, PLII coding, Multi sterio) worked fine.
Called up Sony Support, and they pretty much were SURPRISED. Apparently none of the engineering geniuses over there bothered to try to play a CD on a PS3 hooked via HDMI. I guess they didn't bother to write the code. Their work-around was for me to hook up my equipment using component and coaxial cables or to buy a separate cd player which was hooked up some other way (the reciever has lots of hook up options) other than HDMI.
Bottom line... I'll live. Getting a multi disc cd changer is probably a good idea anyway. I'm just dissapointed that Sony's quality control has had two issues with the HDMI input handling on this unit.
The reciever is REALLY sweet though, besides this little snafu.
One other gripe, is that I have the KEF 3005 speaker set and the guys at CNET suggest tuning the crossover of the subwoofer to a high 110 Hz or so, but this system doesn't have this as a manual option. You can Crossover EVERY OTHER SPEAKER, which might be overkill, but the subwoofer is auto. I think I have it set up so it sounds great though, so this might not be a problem.
Auto Calibration is pretty easy and sweet too.
Pros 6 HDMI inputs, beautiful sound
Cons Tight installation area for speaker wires
Summary I'd been wanting this since it went on the market. My wife suprised me and got it as an early Christmas present. I don't have an exactly square room and so i loved the auto calibration mic which takes into consideration speaker distance and sound levels. I thought that part was pretty sweet. I haven't had any hdmi connectivity issues. I have my ps3 hooked up, direct tv hd and an upconverting samsung dvd player. Everything works great and i haven't had any problems. There are some pretty sweet sound setting that you can play with and it has tons of power. If you can afford one I would highly recommend it.