Price Paid: $286

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I got this 7.1ch reciever at decent price becuase it was last years model. It’s definatly not a high-end reciever but for the price it does the job. It easy to use and has several decoding options including different surround back decoding. The Auto Format Direct (AFD) makes it easy by detecting the input signal and automatically choosing the correct set-up. Its very easy to customize your sound.
The extra AC outlets on the back are usefull to power a sub-woofer becuase they only turn on when the reciever is on.
From the menus you can set the individual speaker distances and change each speakers gain to obtain a level output.

1. May lack power if you have a very large room. I run mine at 50% to 75% volume for my relatively small room. The claimed power output is exagerrated.
2. The multi-function remote doesn’t have the codes for DirecTV satallite. You will have to learn the remote for these functions.
3. Setting Radio presets is a pain.
I didn’t rate it a 5 becuase of these issues but did rate it a 4 becuase its an excellent reciever for the price knowing that its not claimed to be high-end model.

Key Features:

100 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000Hz) at 0.09% THD
Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding
DTS Neo:6 modes
Digital Cinema Sound modes
32-bit processor
dual-room/dual-source audio (preamp stereo output for 2nd room)
learning/multibrand LCD remote with macros
composite-to-S-video conversion
analog direct mode
2 multichannel inputs (one 7.1, one 5.1)
component video switching (2 in, 1 out, 80MHz bandwidth)
digital inputs: 4 optical (including 1 front-panel), 1 coaxial
optical digital output
3 audio inputs (including phono) and 5 A/V inputs (including 4 S-video and 1 front-panel)
on-screen display (requires TV with A/V input)
Control A1II
Control S
30 AM/FM presets
2 sets of main speaker outputs
banana plug-compatable binding posts for all main-room speakers
16-15/16″ W x 6-1/4″H x 15-1/8″D
warranty: 2 years


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