Lots of Issue problem. 1. Cheaper parts, more plastic.
2. Only the main front speaker terminals are binding post, all the other are spring clip on this model. The back/high surround red clips for both the left and right will pop out and fall out with the spring, when inserting 16 gauze wire. you cant use any bigger speaker wire, so dont plan to run wire over 30 feet for this size of wire. The binding post is capable of 12 or 14 gauze, but not the clip terminal for the 4 surround channels. or center channel. Issue 3. Remote and accessory mp3 or iphone suported but not any other brands. Issue 4. The standby pass through only works when using HDMI to HDMI. I still have a cable box that uses component hd, this wont work. Issue 5. Optical out from cable box, you cant get 7.1 any higher than dobly es. no true hd, unless its once again all HDMI to HDMI. Issue 6. There is a log when changing sources especially when going back to video input, or sometimes when changing channels, this apparently is a HDMI issue, for my older Sheerwood didnt have HDMI or this issue. I will say at least this model does have a AV syc fix, if the audo and video dont match, it does have a souftware GUI option fix for that issue. Issue 7. The audio amp, does not really appear to have separate amps, for instance 2 channel or 5.1 appears much louder and when you go to 7.1 ,you have to crank up the voiume control to get the same loudness. This power issue also appears noticeable when using my powered 120 watt sony amp, which plays loud on 2 and 5.1 but no as loud when in 7.1. my older Sherwood sub out, the sub played same all around, whatever mode I switched to. The rear channels seems to be less amplified, and you have to crank up the db level in the setup to be able to hear any surround. Issue 8. the Equalizer is ok, but you cant really call it a EQ, you only have increase bass or decrease bass, or increase treble or decrease treble , but not the individual ranges. this would have been nice to have. Some reviewers on other sites say some of the HDMI ports burn out, and they had to send it in for repairs, I not had this issue yet but only had this AVR for 1 week now.I would suggest always turning the system off before ever making any connection, and also try not to swap the HDMi or unplug them more than necessary. Now for good things about this receiver. Has fairly good sound, low distortion. I love the on TV onscreen GUI interface for setup and control. You can adjust when sitting on the couch sofa, and not having to squat down to read the Av screen. the only thing about the GUI , I wish the setting menu was a little farther up the list and not all the way down at the bottom end.
The remote does about all you need with the on TV screen GUI without having to go manual touching your AVR. The auto protect is nice, it shuts itself off , if it senses a short in speaker wiring. Must use high speed HDMI calbles, or quality is not as good and it wont do 3d unless you do use high speed HDMI cables, and not regular ones. Price is fair for value, however a bit disappointed with Sony, for I have had Sony products before and they were very good.I had a Sony HIFI VCR fpr over 15 years, and its still working fine. However, kinda wishing for a AVR that I would have stuck with Sheerwood. . I am using Bic America speakers for front and center and high surround, and Sony ss6000 for the rear surround. Main Issue on this unit was the spring clip terminal problems. I would suggest a higher version of Sony AVR that supports all speaker binding post and no spring clip terminals. I think they should all have ability for banana plugs also. This could have a been a much better receiver if thought out a little better. After already buying and using it, I guess we will see how long it last. That is why I only gave 3 stars , on all but value I gave it 4 stars.