This amplifier compares in Quality with ones costing a graeter amount of money. Negative- Does not have an MP3 on front panel. Need to use Aux input at rear with a pair of RCA to MP3 Jack cable
I bought this receiver for music outside by the pool. Its kept in the garage, it has plenty of power and love the idea that I can pack a 8gb USB thumb drive with hours of music, its like having my own satellite radio. The USB option is really what sold me on this unit. In addition it will play standard cd's and MP3 cd's. The only drawback is it has a cooling fan built in to it that is a little loud. But for my use it's really not an issue with it being outside. But I think if you would use this indoors in a quiet environment it could become annoying.
I couldn't wait for this receiver to be delivered. I hooked it up to my components with HDMI cables and used a fiber audio cable from the TV to the Sony receiver and used a coax to the subwoofer behind my couch. We tested with Planet Of The Apes and the performance was incredible. Plenty of power to all 5 speakers and the sub, and I love the way the info pops up on my TV when I'm deciding which audio setting I want to use while listening to music or watching a movie. The Dolby D.C.S. Cinema sound is fantastic and the receiver is solid for the price.
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