crusher372 wrote:Not a bad receiver. Could anchor a bedroom system or small media center well. Wouldn't expect much more though. Still a good entry level deal if someone wanted to dive into the 5.1 pool.
80 W per channel (assuming RMS and not marketing inflated value) is actually very loud. Put it in a small bedroom, at full power you would go deaf almost immediately. Most speakers have sensitivity over 89db/W/m these days; you can easily drive anything with 80 W.
My main living room's audiophile system has, guess what, 5 W per channel, from 300B tube based power amps. No one has ever complained about "not loud enough", even for movies. That said, obviously that 5 W is not the same as these (much lower-end) 80 W. However, it must be noted that 80 W per channel (times 5 and may be a powered subwoofer), is plenty of power for a large majority of people.
One more note is that I noticed a lot of people discussing one brand vs another. With audio, it doesn't quite work that way (since I have EE background in circuit design plus I used to write for a HiFi magazine, I'll let you in a little bit of industry info). Unlike very high-end sound system manufacturers like Mark Levison ($5k+ per amp), Wilson Audio etc ($50k speakers, each weighing half a ton), hardly any major companies "voice" their systems to match their models at different price point. They just build it as they go. As long as they comply with the latest specs and protocols and they pass QC for reliability, they release them. Out of the major brands, only Marantz, Denon and Onkyo (whom I worked for long long time ago) have any kind of "signature" sound. I also specifically exclude BOSE, which is more of a marketing company than an audio company.
What does this mean? You need good return policy. You want to listen to the component first before you buy; because you are not buying into any "signature sound". This may not apply here since the price point is low, but it may be a good piece of knowledge to share on Woot.
For this, at this kind of price point, as long as it "works", it's a pretty good deal. It's a lot of technology inside a very low cost box. And given the Woot discount, I think one can take the risk. Worst case, sell it on EBay!