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This review is from: Yamaha RX-V675 7.2 Channel Network AV Receiver
Pros: This was a Christmas gift for a friend planned by his wife for me to figure it out and install. After being a Pioneer man for decades, I chose this. It has many of the newer features/apps that most of the upper level units have these days plus On-screen Display all the time. Set up is easy. Their version of the mic that comes with it and auto-set up program is quick and easy although it was not necessary when I set this up. With the Free Polk 5.1 speaker system that came with this, the whole thing sounded amazing, billion fold better than my Pioneer system with $25k of custom studio speakers. To say the least, I am very disappointed in my system now.
One feature I love is that you can change the when off "pass-through" device by selecting whichever one you want on the remote without turning on the AVR or making settings changes. Pretty clever. The interaction between their Sharp TV and this unit is great. the ARC (Audio Return Channel) works great and interacts nicely when the AVR is off and the TV is being used alone, it's as if the AVR never existed. Overall a great deal for a great piece of equipment.
Cons: There are four preset buttons on the AVR and the remote that are set to do what they want you to do without being able to change them. What they offer are limited and I could do without them and the space they take up. Th remote has small buttons with even smaller labels.
Other Thoughts: As a whole nice piece of gear. Nice enough to make me very disappointed in my "far superior" (sic) system. Which is making me take a new serious look at Yamaha, of which was my brand of choice before Pioneer.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Polk Audio RM6750 Black 5.1 CH Home Theater Speaker System
Pros: Trust me for the price these things are great. I had a lot more written, but when I originally submitted this, it wiped it all.
Cons: None that are really important. I had a lot more written, but when I originally submitted this, it wiped it all.
Other Thoughts: Thank "goodness", I spell checked this elsewhere and had a copy.
We got these with a Yamaha RX-675, I was a Pioneer Elite man for decades - no more, for a friend that just had major Cancer surgery. It was a "Get Well"/"Merry Christmas" gift from his wife. They have a modestly large nicely finished basement area for a media room that I have been slowly helping them "get ready". We have been taking our time because they already have a media room one level up and showed no hurry in proceeding any time soon. But then my friend goes and gets an amazing 60" Acquos Flat-screen, and thus the flood gates open. Since this was a surprise for my best friend and I needed to do right for his wife, I did a lot of research and saw from all the reviews of everything that is out there in a "reasonable" price range, that these were it. All components right out of the box and just placed where they would be permanently installed and hooked up to the Yammi, just to test and make sure I didn't screw up, blew away my 9 month old Pioneer Elite AVR and $25k of speakers. To say the least this have been one of my most emotionally difficult installs. I'm not happy about my own now. Cuz as simple as the components are, the speakers, mostly this little sub, has sound nuances that these have, I could only dream my system had. I am quite upset that I can not with all the self calibration my system has can not get anywhere near this one. The bottom end is so very smooth and solid. While the sats are clean, clear and crisp. We have watched both Star Treks, Lord of the Rings, Blackhawk Down (he loves the helicopters), Bladerunner and The Hobbit VUDU HDX Trailer, with many more to come, at amazing volumes with no distortion or complications what so ever. It reminds me of my old large scale threatre days when I would be hired to tune the rooms prior to to the first run. Full, Loud, Fantastic and so wonderfully naturally sounding and imposing when necessary..
So far with a fair amount of use, and I mean use, Batman Trilogy, Indiana Jones, Fifth Element, Avatar, Thor, Avengers type stuff, we have yet to run into any complications with any of the gear. I just wish I could get my $5k Showco Carpet Bagger (professional stage gear) Sub tuned to be so full, intense and silky as the Polk for what little box does. Then I'd be a bit more happy. It took me close to a year to get my system half way decent and this thing was great right out on the box.
As per Polk and Yamaha, the trick to tuning the system and sub is to set the sub at half volume, full EQ (I believe 120 or 160, could be 180Hz, I don't remember) and the sats at “small”, then run any auto calibration. I haven’t run the calibration yet. I have found that those settings alone without the auto cal, are perfect.
Pros: Got a great price on a new one at the time. Looks pretty. When it works, it's OK.
Cons: Was released way before it was ready and looks like they're not supporting the v1 model anymore since there is a v2 where they fixed a good deal of the problems in the v1 that we will not see fixed. Also as I have read and encountered just the other day, my MBP stopped connecting to it in July and my Internet service has been bad. I have yelled at everyone and come to find out it was the "Reboot Syndrome" that was the problem. At the refurb price not a bad deal, but the problems down the road aren't worth it.
Other Thoughts: If you have to buy a Netgear AC unit get the R6300v2 or R7000 Nightwing. . . Oh just get the R7000.READ FULL REVIEW