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Revised Review: Failures After 4 Years
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2016
NEW REVIEW: I know - I shouldn't expect modern consumer electronics to last more than a few years, but I guess I'm old fashioned. I really liked this receiver a lot but after 4 years, the ARC HDMI output and the Subwoofer Output failed permanently or began malfunctioning. I'm told I need to change the internal board at great expense. Really disappointing.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: I've had this receiver for over 6 months with no issues. I find that purchasing receivers these days seems like the luck of the draw as all manufacturers seem to produce a significant number of lemons (see how many you can find without a significant percentage of "1" ratings), and lousy tech support seems to be the rule, rather than the exception, so I purchased additional warranty protection this time, which is something I never do. (I had had a lot of problems with a Marantz receiver I purchased even after a warranty repair so I decided to return to my tried-and-true go-to brand: Yamaha.) I've had a conventional Yamaha two speaker stereo receiver for a few years and it still works and sounds great and needed a home theater sound system for the living room. I didn't plan on buying a model with lots of bells and whistles but this one came up on sale around Thanksgiving at the price of a simpler model and this one allows you to connect your speaker wires with banana jacks (which I really prefer) and the reviews were very good, so I bought this one. It is so easy to use and to program and the sound is great. You want the button that says "TV" to switch your viewing to TV instead of, say, the radio? Just put the TV on your screen and hold down the "TV" button on the remote. No worries after that. Want the sound program when you watch TV to always default to 7.1 instead of "SciFi?" Just put TV on the screen, adjust the sound program with the program key on the remote to the one you want, and then hold the TV key down until the receiver says "Set Complete." From now on, every time you press "TV" on the remote, the TV video feed will come up with the sound program (sound landscape) of your preference. (On my last receiver, I had to wade into the weeds into sub-sub menus to reconfigure the defaults to get to where I wanted to go. Not the case here.) When you're programming the BD/DVD and TV and other buttons, I recommend pressing the "Enhancer" button on the remote and programming with this function switched on. This will uncompress the compressed sound signal from many sources whereby you lose range and other characteristics (which is why some people prefer analogue LPs to digital CDs). You can press this on and off on the remote while you're listening and see the difference for yourself. Pushing internet radio and regular radio is easy, too, though this model won't stream your MP3s from your cell phone unless you purchase a blue tooth accessory. Since I don't need this type of functionality, I didn't care about this.
I recommend manual set up for the speakers. I've never had much luck with the set-up microphones that test the sound and then set the levels for you. Manual worked out much better for me and is not hard to do. Just set the speakers to levels where you can't tell where the sound is coming from. In my view, those are the right levels.
I downloaded the mobile phone app and it is pretty cool though in my case, it doesn't add much because the remote does everything I need. I use this receiver with an Oppo BD/DVD/CD player and Energy 5.1 speakers, all from Amazon, and it all sounds great. At 22.1 pounds, this receiver is a beast. So far so good!