Just wanted to put my thoughts down to this wonderful AV receiver....Before I do I will tell you that I just retired a Yamaha AVX 400 after 25 years of great service and still going strong..but my reasons for buying this was the digital world.
Read quite a few reviews on AV amps and I knew this was the one for me having similar features to the one that I had retired..Easy set up... great sound and well built.
The first thing I noticed after getting it was how heavy it was ( not quite as heavy as my older one) with a sturdy metal casing.. The remote was less complicated then my old one due to the fact it did not accommodate tape players and vynal, plus digital has lessened the connections by far....It was phono all the way back then.
I didn't purchase this from Amazon due to warranty extensions which Amazon do not give, plus being cheaper (sorry Amazon)..but have written many reviews on here before on technology equipment.
The speaker cables were already in place but the amp had to be resited, but was the same size of my retired one...My speakers are Linn Index II with Ku stone stands (main)..Kenwood CS-6 centre speaker and Yamaha rears, and the final one a Yamaha YST 50(self powered) Sub...All need good control from a good amp,because they are rated as 6ohm and only 82db, and this Yamaha does the job with ease, which proves the power of the little gem..The main speakers are Bi wired for the best possible sound and even though very thick,3/4"... went into the binding quite easy..Banana plugs not recommended as you loose some sound..The other speakers are attached with spring mounted grips which grab the bare wires for connection...Everything was very neat and tidy...The sub just plugged straight in by phono...Before I attached any equipment I decided to use the sound set up device provided in the box...YPAO (Sound Optimization for Automatic Speaker Setup)..You place the device at ear level,usually where the main listner sits ( I used a camera tripod which was perfect for the job)then just plug in and press start..it goes through 2 different tones and wave noises for the sub and that's it.. You can set up the parameters of the speakers manually also, but to be honest the YPAO did a wonderful job...In fact you can set everything up manually for those of you that like to tweak...One nice touch is being able to pre set the main volume at switch on...just so you don't blow your ears when the amp is switched on from cold...
Attaching equipment is also very easy and everything is HDMI, but you do have component and Optical should you need it, also with monitor out and audio out..The main HDMI is ARC (audio return channel)
Sub Note...Definition: Audio Return Channel (ARC) is a very practical feature that has been introduced in HDMI ver1.4. What this function allows, if both a home theater receiver and a TV have HDMI ver1.4 and offer this feature, is that you can transfer audio from the TV back to a home theater receiver and listen to your TV's audio through your home theater audio system instead of the TV's speakers without having to connect a second cable between the TV and home theater system.
................and this means when you turn the amp on by pressing the BD/DVD button on the remote it will turn on your blu ray/dvd player..but your TV needs this ARC also for it to work...Check the back of your TV..This does not mean it will not work even if your TV does not have this...If it does though your TV remote can control the volume of the amp..Sorry I digress.....At first I connected all my equipment with HDMI... Blu Ray....XBox 360...and Humax freeview box...but then I realised that I had to listen to everything through the amp itself...not always a good thing ...there are a lot of times when I just want to listen to the TV (which by the way is an LG42LM670T)..I tend to use the amp more with movies....SO... I decided to unplug everything except the Blu ray player and this enabled me to do what I wanted....So....I watch my TV...Humax box and Games machine through the TV alone, but with one press I can have it all running through the amp, whenever ''I'' want to.... My blu ray movies are watched through the amp...It's a perfect world for me...When I first tried the amp with 5.1 dolby pro logic..I was amazed at the steering and the quality it delivered...the rears being stereo too ( my old one were only ever sent a mono signal).. but the best for me was the speech being so clear even when there was a lot of action going on...my old one couldn't manage that because it was stereo only and pro logic 'analogue'...I had realised what I had been missing with these new digital recordings..Some people have commented that it ''Runs out of steam''....**WHAT**... are they deaf...take this with a pinch of salt..It's more powerful then you'll ever need and if you turn it up you'll be pinned to the back of the seat..Well it does with MY speakers....
One thing I haven't mentioned yet is it has a built in Tuner.. with RDS and ribbon streaming of the program being listened to...that's a great bonus and it's a good tuner to boot...it comes with a single strand of copper wire coated in plastic to receive the stations, but it's more then enough... but I do live in a good reception area so maybe extending this will have to be done by certain people.
A critical point in some peoples reviews on this Amp... do they have good speakers and are they placed correctly...if not they will slate the amp...but trust me.. you get out what you put in... and this stems from the beginning with the disc your playing, then the bluray/dvd player next... then the speakers....Don't worry about the amp delivering,because it will with ease....This amp Will control your speakers... mine are 6.ohms. and 82 db, as I said earlier.. these need to be grasped by the neck, and this Yamaha AV Receiver does this well....Oh... One reviewer said there was not enough bass from standard set up (so he added a sub, but it will be the speakers fault)...you can actually alter the tone control too, to get bass and treble increased...But you don't get bass from Subs as mistaken by a good many... they are SUB NOTES not audible to the human ear, which is why placement of a sub is not critical... they add those Umph notes for Feeling the sound, even at lower levels.
It's well built
fantastic sound and steering delivery
nice looking (personal opinion)
easy to set up and use.
Get this beauty while you can and don't waste your money on the more expensive amps..unless you really want those extras such as Wi-Fi and upscaling...This will deliver just what you want.. Happy Audiophiling.