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Ignore the other reviews!!! This is a top-notch receiver!!!
on October 6, 2003
The other reviews give this item 3 out of 5 because the manual is not very good. First of all, the manual is fine (any monkey can figure it out, so I don't know what manual they were reading), and second of all, how do you take 2 stars off of a product rating based on its manual??????? A lot of Home Theatre enthusiasts could figure it out without the manual and so could anyone who has ever connected a DVD player to a TV. Basically the previous reviews on this site for this product are ludicrous (sorry other reviewers, but it's not fair to judge the product the way you did - you judged the manual, not the product itself and that doesn't help anyone).
This receiver is an easy 5 out of 5. I recently upgraded to this receiver from a Technics that has treated me well for years. I have to say, the sound this thing puts out blows away my Technics. I have read elsewhere that this is one of the best deals for a receiver under $1000.00 and if this is true, I would not be surprised. The clarity and the seperation of channels is beautiful. I have tested both DTS-ES and Dolby EX with some of my movies and they blow my mind (I never would have thought the extra rear channel would add so much). The Dolby Pro Logic II works perfectly with my 2-channel encoded CD's also, giving the illusion that they are encoded in surround. The "plug-and-play" feel of this receiver exceeds any other receiver I've ever dealt with (which again negates the other reviews on this site) and I appreciated the programmable settings available to me (i.e. making the Digital Coax input read as "DVD" on the display as opposed to the default setting of "CD"). Last but not least is the look of this thing. Needless to say it is a work of art compared to the average, boring boxy nature of most receivers (as you can see from it's picture). It's as light as a feather and barely sits a couple inches tall. The glowing blue light on the face adds a "cool factor" lacking in any other receiver I've ever seen.
The choice between this and any other receiver in this price class is no choice at all. Pick up this baby and enjoy.