Pros 2 HDMI pass-throughs, more than any other I saw when shopping.
Cons None that I have found.
Summary This receiver replaced a Kenwood I had for over 8 years and I love it. This Sony has 2 HDMI inputs when many, if not all the others I looked at, had none. Setup was a snap too. I had this thing hooked up in less than 5 minutes. It auto-switches from 2.0 to 5.1 sound automatically, depending on the source.
The price was right too! Best Value out there.
Pros Lots of AV features
Cons Sound quality is ok but lack of gain is problematic.
Summary THis is not too bad a reciever, but I have been an audiophyle for many, many, years. I purchased my first Sansui stereo reciever when I was stationed in Viet Nam. I have had recievers that pump out 100 watts per channel and this is not one of them. In my 15x12 home theater room, with a 100 wpc receiver turned about 3/4 way up, it is louder than what I find comfortable. When I turn this up to max volume, it is not quite loud enough. This is driving two Sony three way speakers with 8" woofers and smaller center and surround speakers. When I hook up a Yamaha 5560 to the same speakers, there is more power and I can't have it turned all the way up. It is rated at 75 watts. I am returning the Sony and getting a newer Yamaha.
Pros price, inputs, ease of use
Cons amplifier, sound quality
Summary I bought this product because my old NAD system, 23 years old, finally bit the dust.
Look, this is a bargain basement product, but it delivers the goods for what you pay for it.
I needed something quick and dirty until I can get some bucks together to buy a more robust unit, and overall I am pleased with my purchase.
As an audiophile I am disappointed in the sound quality from this unit, but hey, I only paid $199. What do you expect? Compared to the stand alone amp I can no longer use, the sound quality is poor. But there are plenty of inputs and it wasn't hard to hook up all of my components. With 2 HDMI inputs, you can connect an HDMI capable cable box and DVD player.
Just be careful if you are using component video that you match the audio and video inputs, or you'll get sound or video but not both!
Also, if you are using an HDMI capable cable box this unit will not play the audio to your speakers unless you buy a digital optical cable. But you can get a decent one for $15, so that's no sweat.
All in all I'd say this unit is a fantastic deal for the price. Just don't expect the high-quality audio you are going to get from a stand alone amp.
Pros Makes a satisfying thud when thrown away
Cons Great if you only need to input from one or zero devices!
Summary This receiver has two (2) component video in ports (SAT and DVD) but it only has audio out for one (!). Insane. It could have 200 component video-out ports but if only one of them is capable of audio then what is the point? I have never seen engineering this poor fron a brand known for quality. Advertising this as a product with two component out ports is false advertising. If you don't mind crawling around behind your entertainment center whenever you wish to change from cable to DVD this is the receiver for you!
Pros Autocalibration made setup a snap!
Cons HDMI connections are passthru only.
Summary I knew going in that I'd have to buy separate audio cables and that could set me back some money. Instead of buying them at a big box store I purchased them for far less at Amazon. That combination of receiver and cables kept my total cost down to two hundred dollars. That was great news for somebody like myself on a very tight budget. In all fairness the sound quality is still pretty decent even with speakers dating back to '97. I spent an extra eighty bucks on a Sony SA-W2500 10" sub woofer to upgrade from a passive sub. Its earth shaking! The receiver has the following connected to it: a Hitachi 57" projection HDTV- model 57F59A, a Panasonic DMR-EZ475V DVD Recorder, and a XBOX 360 using a KLH HT-9900 6-Piece Home Theater Speaker System. My initial impression is that for the money, I've done about as well as I could possibly do to integrate all these components through an economical receiver. I'm very happy.