Pros Quality of sound; presets sound finetuning are good.
Cons Overdone interface; manual not clear on many aspects.
Summary Don't get me wrong. I would buy another Yamaha receiver (I just did for our second living room), but I wouldn't pay more for network capability. More of that now that we know that we can use the V-AUX as an input of our MP3 devices. I plug my smartphone Treo 650 with an adaptor it works great!
I was never able to make the USB port work with three USB devices, neither the output to the TV works as it should be. I never tried the ethernet port.
Paired with my Infinity Primus 360 speakers, it gives a rich sound. This is what counts most to me and I am happy with it.
Pros Great Sound Quality, PC Interface, and tech support.
Cons Must be set up VERY carefully.
Summary At one third the price of other Network capable receivers requiring ethernet input, once you do the Media 11 firmware fix which Yamaha tech support sends by email within 5 minutes of a telephone request (no waiting on hold) with easy to follow PDF file directions, Windows Media Player 11 data will show up on your TV screen and you can access your PC music and playlists by using the Yamaha remote. You will never again have to burn a CD to play on your home audio system. Note: installation of the A/V extender on your computer and getting all the settings right requires some expertise. So if you lack the expertise - do as I did and pay the $100 to have it done professionally. It sure beats paying another $800 for the closest priced receiver (Dennon). Lack of HDMI did not stop the unit from producing outstanding sound from our Sony Bravia HDTV on our high end home audio system. Also - sure makes you love Amazon.com's DRM free music downloads!Updated
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To find out all the neat stuff this thing will do with internet radio and other features. A post by J. Niemann dated Sept 2, 2007 provides a thorough review plus tips on how to get the biggest bang for your buck including the following advice:
"The next tip for better sound and more efficient driving by the amp section. This tip is in the instructions but easy to miss, If you are using A and B front speakers. Set the speaker ohm requirement to 6 ohms. This will really make your front speakers sing.
Take the time to tweak the sound level outputs and input level trims, this will make your listening time more enjoyable.
For the money you cannot beat this for the sound quality and the features....I like the XM radio tuner and will use it but not as much since the internet radio is free..."
Pros Awesome sound
Cons No HDMI....
Summary BestBuy has this marked down to $220! I had a Kenwood 5.1 system but my Infrared for the remote went out.
At this price this is a steal. Has the quality Yamaha sound, was a snap to hook up and I am getting great performance.
Pros Good value for AV receiver - great sound
Cons Network connectivity archaic and no HDMI
Summary I rate it as poor, not because of the sound (which is great like all Yamaha's), but because it is sold as a network receiver which is why it stands alone. It is only 6.1 - not 7.1 but I guess for the price this is understandable.
The network feature is to put it bluntly poor - equates to DOS in a world of Vista slow and extremly cumbersome.
I think you are better off connecting your PC to the unit via the sound card than via the network link. The functionality is far quicker on WMP11.
So good and bad from my point of view
Ethernet connection (with major drawbacks)
2nd channel output
No backlit remote
Archaic on screen display and scrolling functionality
No YPAO (auto sound balancing)
Poor customer support from Yamaha
"Just gotten the N600, I have realized that Yamaha builds some nice sounding receivers"on by lodger1962
Pros Nice sounding, lots of extras
Cons lack of HD stuff, but more inputs would be nice
Summary I like the receiver and it's worthwhile since I paid alittle under what most places offer it for...so yes, I did get a real deal...if you can find one, just take it, it's not exactly perfect with some of it's extras, but then you won't spend a mortgage payment to buy it either....Sure beats my Sony receiver....