I've always trusted Sony, and they didn't disappoint me this time either. I like the receiver and all its functions, from the built-in FM radio to the compressor to fine-tuning the surround options (you get to put in distances from all the speakers to the listening point for accurate positioning). It also has plenty of connectors so you can hook all of your media equipment to it and avoid the cable clutter. The remote is a bit confusing at first, but it only takes a few hours of use to learn the buttons. Sound quality-wise, it sound pretty darn good for a hundred and fifty dollar receiver. The electrical hiss when nothing's playing is next to none, and THD is barely present at normal levels and only jumps up high when the volume is turned up 80-90%. But who watches movies this loud?? I only have two complaints about the receiver. One, navigating the menu is not as easy as it would be on, say, a Denon. But oh well, after the initial setup I hardly ever go in it, so it's not a biggie. Second, I wish they'd put a parametric equalizer in it, just to be able to deal with room feedback and make it sound more balanced, but oh well.
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