This was an upgrade to my SONY system which served me well for approx. 5 years but then died. Went for the YAMAHA because of the advice gieven to me by Richer Sounds. I am not a huge movie person but instead use this mainly for music. I have SACD compatible blue-ray player which was another reason for picking this as it can take the higher quality signals inc. DSD. Speakers are pretty good and were a real improvement to my Sony ones. An active subwoofer was a new thing to me too and this is great. I recently changed the subwoofer phasing and this has made a nice bit of difference - the mid tones are now better represented in the speakers which can handle this. Unlike other movie theatre speakers they are not single channel, but are 2 way and a 3 way center speaker is nice to have also.
I bought this machine a few weeks ago now and have used it pretyy much every morning before work and also at weekend. First impressions are that it is compact and slim which made the wife happy in terms of taking up space in the kitchen ;) On to the real issue: coffee. Very pleased with the machine in that respect. It grinds fast and relatively quiet and the aroma & grinder settings make a difference to how your coffee tastes. I like my coffee hot so I ensure my cup is heated by putting boiling water in for a bit first. This really adds to the coffee being hot when drinking. I did speak to the company I bought it off about this and they advised this and said it is standard practice in coffee shops and restaurants to have heated crockery - so why have it cold at home. Don't get me wrong, the coffee wasn't cold when I didn't heat my cup but if you like it piping hot and you are adding milk from the fridge then it is a good thing to heat the cup first. The touch screen like buttons on the top are a nice extra and add to the overall modern feel of this machine. I think the black finish with the silvery spout and driptray it looks classy.