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Pros: I was pleasantly surprised by how well this amplifier worked. Sound quality is quite good, and the power is sufficient for my needs. I'm sure if connected to studio monitors, an audiophile will say it's not great, but for the price, you can't beat it. And trust me, I have been searching!
2 sets of inputs. This appears to have caused confusion for a number of people so see Other Thoughts for more info on this.
2 sets of speaker outputs.
2 set of line-level outputs.
Always on power outlet on the back.
Considering this is made in China, the instruction sheet is very complete and very clearly written.
Cons: None that I have found so far.
Other Thoughts: While many people will buy this as a standard home audio amplifier as I did, I do not believe that is the intended application, which is why some people are having trouble with it. It is not specifically stated, but my belief is that this was designed as a stackable whole-house music system with intercom, or perhaps a PA system with background music. Here's why I believe this:
There are 2 inputs, but no input selector switch. "Input 2" is the main input source, while "input 1" is designed to cut off input 2 when a signal is detected. This would allow background music to be fed into input 2, and an intercom or PA could be fed into input 1, which, when keyed, would turn off the background music and instead broadcast the input 1 signal. When the signal on input 1 stops, the amplifier automatically switches back to input 2.
There is a line-level out. This allows several of these amplifiers to be daisy-chained together (connect the line-out to the input 2 of another amplifier).
This is bridgeable. While it is not uncommon for an amplifier to be bridgeable, it is not typically seen in home audio amplifiers, since no one wants to listen to mono audio in their living room. However, for an intercom system with background music, this would work fine.
There is no remote.
Auto power off when no signal is detected, which is well suited for mounting in inaccessible locations.
Reviewed By:N/A,7/2/2015 8:26:23 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: Works with YAMAHA NS-SP1800 5.1 CH Entry Class Speaker System Multiple HDMI and other inputs Inputs On screen interface Can sometimes display video without being on.
Cons: Strange popping noise sometimes (May be a speaker issue) Interface isn't the easiest to navigate Does take awhile to set up properly Sometimes you have to press certain buttons to get it to output in DD 5.1 Bluetooth only receives input, does not output Phones jack doesn't support normal headphones
Other Thoughts: So far, I've managed to hook up a 360, PS3, PS2, and a PC for gaming to this system and experienced no lag and plenty of good audio. I was worried that i'd have to navigate menus through the led display, but it has an on-screen menu so it's all good. Another gripe is that the manual says you can view video in one input and audio from the menu easily, but I'm pretty sure that can only be done through the menus. Not a big deal though.
Reviewed By:N/A,6/28/2015 5:39:43 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: Got mine while it was on sale. Unbelievably good price! Easy setup. Love the sound quality; the Cinema DSP mode provides a great sound field for much of my TV watching. I still have a lot of exploring to do, but so far, I am totally happy. Just an outstanding product!
Reviewed By:N/A,6/22/2015 6:59:15 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
Pros: Very affordable and perfect for my setup. Easy to install and very user friendly. You get the bang for your buck so no complaints here
Cons: Can't find cons
Reviewed By:N/A,6/22/2015 6:44:24 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year. Did you find this review helpful?
Other Thoughts: Took maybe 2 minutes to hookup and play. Used Iphone6 with old apple plug on the end of the USB for power. My receiver is a Yamaha RX-V1300 with a digital coaxial plug. Used CD side since my Sony Jukebox is on fiber optic side. Immediately popped up on Bluetooth on phone. Hit connect and opened IHeart radio. Perfect
Reviewed By:N/A,6/19/2015 9:49:45 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product less than 1 day.
Pros: Price Design Sound quality (to my taste) Supports most digital input formats Plenty of power
Cons: No HDMI pass-through Not PC-friendly when connected through HDMI Bad remote control design Bad on-screen menu
Other Thoughts: Works great as an amplifier for my home theater setup. It was a nightmare to reassign this AVR as the default playback device on a PC every time either the AVR or PC was rebooted, forcing me to connect directly to the projector.
Somewhat uncomfortable remote control and on-screen menus discourage from using them.
It's stylish - I like the illuminated volume control and overall shaved look.
It works very well as an amplifier, but someone who is looking for good HDMI support should keep looking.
Reviewed By:N/A,6/12/2015 11:28:16 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product more than 1 year.