Panasonic SA-XR57K Digital Home Theater Receiver with HDMI, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Full-digital amplifier
- HDMI in/out
- EZ Sync HDAVI control
- Built-in DTS 96/24
- Rear-wireless ready
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The benefits of digital technology are now available in a high-quality amplifier. Digital amplifiers are much more efficient than traditional analog amplifiers, generating less heat and taking up less space while still generating large amounts of clean output power. Sound quality is also improved by eliminating the digital to analog conversion necessary when connecting a digital source device, such as a DVD player, to an analog amplifier. All processing and amplification are done in the digital domain, resulting in low distortion and extremely low background noise.
Experience The Latest Surround Sound Formats
The amazing image quality of DVD is only half the movie-watching experience. Most DVD movies have high-impact, theater-quality Dolby Digital® or DTS® soundtracks that require a powerful audio system for faithful reproduction, and this receiver can process such soundtracks and make the most of your viewing experience.
Digital Recordings Sound Like the Original Performance
When MP3s and movie soundtracks are created, higher frequencies are lost due to the limited frequency response of compressed digital audio. Most of these frequencies can't be heard by human ears, but their presence conveys subtle nuances. When they're missing in a digital recording, it doesn't quite sound the same as the live performance. Our multi re-master feature examines the audio signal and helps compensate for these lost frequencies, providing sound quality closer to the original performance.
Powerful and Accurate Surround Sound
The amplifier built into this home theater receiver pumps out high power levels for driving our speakers at satisfying volumes with low distortion. You'll feel like you're in the front row at your local multiplex as the sounds from Dolby Digital® and DTS® soundtracks travel all around you.
Connect and Switch Between Multiple A/V Sources
This receiver has multiple audio/video inputs to handle all your source devicesTV, VCR, DVD player, cable box, and more. It even functions as a source selector, allowing you to connect multiple video sources to the receiver and run a single audio/video connection to just one of your TV's audio/video inputs. No more flipping through video inputs on your TV.
Control Many Different Components With One Remote
Fumbling through a pile of remotes in the dark is a pain. Clean up the mess and take control of your system with the included universal remote control, which can command many different brands and types of components after some simple programming. It even lights up so you can see the buttons in the dark.
Quick Connection of a Camcorder or Game System
The front audio/video input makes it simple to temporarily hook up an additional source component, such as a camcorder or video game system.
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Top Customer Reviews
The Panasonic SA-XR57 is a solid receiver for someone looking for to fill out the audio section of their home theater, especially if the compact size and lower heat output of this digitally amplified model are important to you. The sound and power are good, and the audio feature set is reasonably complete. For people who primarily need audio, and have a limited number of video sources, the rating would be 4+ stars. (There are a few quirks, and the power output probably won't fill a large room as well as other options, so it doesn't earn 5 stars.) Consider the SA-XR57 if you just have one or two primary video sources, and can manage with the XR57's connections, or directly connect the sources to the television.
Unfortunately, this receiver is not a good option if you want to rely on it for the video part of a more complicated home theater setup. See the detailed discussion below. So as a true AV receiver, this rates 2+ stars. If you are looking to connect and switch several video inputs, look at another receiver. (Yamahas are sweet, they will have to pry my old one from my cold dead hands.)
SOLID AUDIO FEATURES FOR MUSIC AND HOME THEATER
There's a lot to like about this AV receiver if your are looking for a lower-priced receiver for music or home theater.
- The audio quality is good and provides enough power to up to 7.1 channels to satisfy lots of people. It handles nearly all of the multichannel and audio formats you're likely to want to use, with a few small wrinkles.Read more ›
Otherwise the internal components are identical, so expect similar performance---in other words, outstanding SQ when matched with the right speakers, blows away all other receivers under five hundred bucks and most under a thousand. If you don't have a burning need for the extras above, you may still be able to get the xr55 for fifty to a hundred bucks less.
See my lengthy review of the xr55 for more details.
Boutique audio shops do not want you to know about this product, because it'd put them out of business...they make much higher margins selling you receivers costing several times this Panasonic's prices, since their profits are usually a fixed percentage of the street price.
I just finished installing one of these for a friend of mine, running a pair of Athena LS-500s (which are excellent speakers for the money, btw) and was very impressed again. The sound, especially movies and music running through the optical input, is just crystal-clear. The speakers were also brand new and being broken in, so they sounded a bit rough at the high ends...easily remedied by lowering the treble about -4.
Something I wanted to point out: the promotional pics of this receiver have that butt-ugly yellow and red "Dual Amp" logo on the top right of the front faceplate. Much to my relief, I discovered that this is simply a sticker and easily removable. So this receiver is just as beautifully sleek and clean-looking as the xr55 it replaces!Read more ›
But this unit will only work this way if you are just using a DVD player (or just connecting HDTV) because the single HDMI output is just a pass-through for the single HDMI input. I have another AVR in my living room (Yahama HTR-5990) which allows any inputs (analog or digital) to be sent out through the single HDMI cable. On this unit, all the video inputs and outputs are just pass-throughs, and are not switchable. So if you have composite in, you have composite out, or S-Video in require S-Video out. Thus, if you have more than one component sending video, you must have another video cable to your TV, and it can't be HDMI. I wish I had known this before purchasing this unit.
As a surround sound unit, it seems fine. Nothing special, but inexpensive and fairly straightforward. It's not a bad AVR, but didn't suit my needs very well at all.
I love the small size, light weight, appearance, user interface and most of all, the outstanding, clean, brute power it produces. It really blows away my previous Sony 80w/channel.
When I first got the Panny, I spent over 5 hours straight listening to my CDs being amazed at how good a CD could sound. It made the difference in recording quality between a good and bad CD unmistakeable. It made me want to try SACD or DVD-Audio.
UPDATE (June '07)
I still love this machine. It's light, small, and uses only about 30W of power! Unbelievable. I've got an HD-A2 feeding 1080i and TrueHD through it and I feel like I'm at the movies. Awesome, clean power.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This receiver sounds beautiful, and is able to handle my 4 ohm axiom m80 towers with ease. I just bought an hdmi switcher to give me more hdmi connections, I may go with this setup... Read morePublished on September 27, 2011 by KG
A great unit for the price and it syncs well with my Pansonic Plasma and Pansonic DVD/VHS combo recorder/Player. The bummer is the surround portion pooped out about a month ago. Read morePublished on January 29, 2011 by Philippe Jean Jorat
I purchase in 2007 after extensive searches trying to find a quality receiver at a decent price. I can honestly say that I am very happy with my purchase.Published on June 29, 2010 by Smart Shopper
since i already have a sa-xr55, i knew what i was getting into when i bought the sa-xr57. the 57 looks better than the 55. Read morePublished on July 3, 2009 by N. Chandran
After reading so many reviews complaining about its video features, I still decided to go with XR57, the successor to XR55 THE GREAT simply because of the great audio output and... Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by St.Louis Rams
5 star sound, 2 star interface
Bottom line: this receiver sounds great - but has a very clumsy interface, and doesn't fully support `Viera Link'. Read more
As I reviewed the listing for this product, it was not clear what resolutions it supported. if you have 1080p in your plans (and who doesn't), this is the wrong choice according... Read morePublished on July 28, 2008 by W. Walcott
I was looking diligently for a home theater receiver that didn't require previous Jet Fighter Pilot experience to navigate through the numerous features. Read morePublished on July 20, 2008 by James R. Torrico
Bought this when my trusty marantz died. This was cheaper but it sounds just as good or better. Has some great features like duel amping, and bi amping as well as flexible bass... Read morePublished on February 28, 2008 by Andrew Houge