- Dolby TrueHD, DTS, Dolby ProLogic IIx
- HDMI 3 In / 1 Out
- FM Tuner
- 5 DSP Programs
- Adaptive DRC
- Air Surround Xtreme
- Compressed Music Enhancer
- HDMI Auto Lip Sync
- Analog Video to HDMI Upcon
Priced right 05/04/2011
This review is from: Yamaha YMC-500BL NeoHD Media Controller 5.1 CH AV Receiver (Black)
First off let me tell you that i received a defective unit which had no left surround channel working so i had to return the unit. However I still had a chance to thoroughly check it out. The hardware and audio quality are the main pros. This thing has enough power to power a 5.1 home theater in a medium to large living room. Probably underpowered for floor speakers. I thought it sounded great even though I was only running 4.1. Sounded better than my Panny. The DSPs are fine though I don't use them. Turn them off and you get all the Dolby and DTS you can ask for. FM Radio sounded good (FM is so much better quality than internet radio). Had no problems with video switching from my DVR, DVD and Roku player. If you go to the menu you can find out the feed your getting. My TV is 720p so I had everything coming and going thru the unit in 720p. In order to find out what audio and video stream you're getting you have to go to the archaic menu to find out which is a pain. Cool looking.
Yamaha's idea of using their little remote, hooking up the IR flashers and using it that way is a joke. I tried it and most of it doesn't work. Database very small. Roku wasn't in the database so i had to learn every button and when learning the right and left buttons, it wouldn't learn the repeats, so scrolling thru movies one by one was unacceptable. No AC input on the back. I run my Subwoofer's cord to my Panny's AC input so when i turn on the reciever the SW comes on. No can do here. Harmony Remotes and this unit are activity based and they conflict. Forget about using a Harmony remote with this. Spring connectors feel cheap.
If you use this just as a receiver and throw away the flashers and remote and Yamaha's way of doing things, this is a pretty decent receiver and at great price ($129). Best way to use it is to get a learning universal remote. I had the "control" button linked to the Audio component button so when i held down the audio button for a few seconds the menu would come up. With the broken channel Newegg was nice enough to offer me a refund which i accepted. Thanks Newegg!!
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