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This review is from: Yamaha RX-V675 7.2 Channel Network AV Receiver
Pros: I like the robust feature set this receiver has. I primarily purchased it due to the analog to digital processing, making it possible to run just a single HDMI cord to my TV even with legacy devices like a GameCube and Wii plugged in. I love the sound it produces most of the time (more on that in a minute). I also like that it supports MHL on the front panel (and that there is HDMI and USB ports on the front panel) which makes plugging in my phone or iPod super easy., and the music equalizers/effects
Cons: I have had this receiver since October and it hasn't worked right the whole time. I have a constant hum/static from one channel, and if you crank the volume up to movie watching level (-30 to -25db) the unit will shut off and say "CHECK SP WIRES." I have been through the ringer with Yamaha customer service, which is terrible. They told me to spend my own money and time to take the receiver to a repair shop 40 minutes away at which the NPFed my unit and I spent more time and money bringing a still broken unit home. I am then told they will exchange the unit with a new one, only after I box mine up and send it in. That's not how an RMA should be handled, I should be sent a replacement unit FIRST.
In the meantime, I will just plug in my old Yamaha RX-V367 to use while I wait for 2 weeks on a new unit. Oh wait, I bought this RX-V675 to replace that one because the HDMI ports quit working after 2 years.
So far my taste of Yamaha is pretty sour, and their customer service department is incredibly unwilling to do anything that might improve that. Needless to say next time I spend $650 on a receiver it will NOT be a Yamaha.
Other Thoughts: I'm sure the network features are wonderful, but I have yet to use any. When I am in a more permanent location I will network it up to find out. The idea of an App for a remote sounds good, as does DLNA support. The receiver truly does do more than I will probably ever know, and the on screen interface is simple to navigate. I love the way it sounds, but I look forward to receiving a unit that actually lets me turn it up to test at true movie-watching (ie: ground shaking) volume levels.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It is a nice looking case, plenty of room for most people. The fans that come bundled are nice and quiet, and there's plenty of spots for more.
Cons: It does mount the motherboard upside down from what you would imagine, and this is causing a problem for me. My CPU temps are fine, I actually have 5 fans total in this thing so it's running pretty cool, but the graphics card fan is pointed straight up toward the top and that's causing it to run VERY hot. 71C on idle. The card also BARELY fits inside the case, it's literally borrowing space from the disk drive bays... I know it's a micro ATX case but a bit more room would likely help out a lot.
The bundled PSU also kicked out on me the first time I tried to play Crysis, so don't look for it to power a mutimedia rig, simply a basic unit.
Other Thoughts: FYI the card I have is a PNY 9800GT and it's fairly large, but a single slot card. The fan is blowing right up next to the card in the slot above, so that's likely not helping it run any cooler...READ FULL REVIEW