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Yamaha YMC-500BL NeoHD Media Controller 5.1 CH AV Receiver (Black)
  • 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


This is an update to an earlier review. The unit I bought in May was defective so I returned it but seeing it now for $99 I couldn't resist giving it another shot. This is the best deal on New Egg imo. It really has great sound. Even though I have a nice Cerwin-Vega 5.1 speaker system I was curious to see how the air extreme surround was so I hooked it up to just 2 front speakers and a sub. This thing has the best surround simulation of any receiver I have heard. I have tried all the sound bars and none of them give a decent surround simulation. But the air extreme really does a good job. There are times i think i am hearing sound from my left and right. Granted it's not as good as 5.1 surround but it is thie next best thing. I'm now back to 5.1 and this thing really rocks. I don't care what any specs out there say, it sounds great to my ears. Also using the IR flashers works pretty well.


I wish the remote has stronger IR emitters. I most likely will go back to a universal remote and unhook the flasher because it's just easier. Learning codes on the receiver does work, however it won't learn any repeating coded such as the left and right for a roku or any guide. What this means is I have to browse movies or the guide one by one which is a pain. Also it won't turn on or off my DVD player or DVR when changing activities. It turns the TV off an on just fine but i thought if i went from watching my DVR to my DVD that it would turn these off and on but no luck. Anyone know?

Other Thoughts:

This is the steal of the year in my opinion. Good quality throughout. Just have some good speakers with 6ohms or better. I rarely go above 50 and it's plenty loud with no distortion.

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