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Pro Simplifies the changing of settings
Has very convenient shortcut buttons that switch to your favorite source and its audio settings with a single button press.
Pro Improves its sound based on the area and equipment
With Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) it can automatically adjust its audio settings. The included microphone picks up the unique sounds your room emits when it plays a specific sound and fine-tunes the settings accordingly.
Pro Can imitate surround sound
With Virtual Cinema Front it can imitate surround sound even when all five speakers are placed in the front. While it is useful, be aware that it can’t fully replace a proper placement of speakers.
Pro Partially future-proofed
One of the 4 HDMI inputs is HDCP 2.2 compatible which is able to play copyrighted 4K resolution content.
Con Limited music playback options
It lacks several different music playback options like the USB port, music streaming and Bluetooth. Although there is Bluetooth connectivity, it is only used for wireless speakers and not as an additional input.
Con Uses lesser quality connectors
Three out of five speakers use spring clips which are not as convenient as a binding post and can cause problems when paired with a thicker gauge wire. Can also lead to wire fraying.
Con Primarily entry level
With its limited features it seems like it’s primarily an entry level receiver which won’t suffice if you would choose to expand your home theater.