Top-End Features at a Realistic Price
Overall, this is a good receiver and I have come to be very happy with it. However, there are some very important things that a prospective buyer needs to know about it first; I didn't know these things when I bought it but fortunately I was able to work around them. The receiver doesn't covert between video formats. This may be a standard thing with receivers, but it was unbeknownst to me when I bought it and then read about it with dismay in the manual. What this means is if you have, say, an HDMI cable in the video out source on your cable/satellite/DVD running into the receiver, and then a composite video cable going out from the receiver to your TV, you won't get any video because it won't convert between the HDMI and composite connection.
Bang for the buck receiver, but a step down from i5/2/2012
Overall a bang for the buck receiver (when on sale) with many features you'd be hard pressed to find in its price range. It is however a step down from the previous model (NR509) since it actually dropped support for Audyssey EQ and Volume. Great networking support and good iphone/android app support, something that makes navigating your music library much easier.