I picked up my RX-V2500 today, but got a very unpleasant surprise when setting it up. Some things just don't work out the way they used to on Yamaha receivers, they're a lot more cumbersome in spite of (or because of) the posh on-screen GUI (graphical user interface). First of all, selecting sound fields and programs, and adjusting their parameters works differently now. In the past, you could step back and forth through the programs by pressing the left/right buttons on the remote, and step through parameters (when available) using the up/down buttons. This does not work on the RX-V2500; you must use the GUI for making these adjustments, meaning you must have your display permanently hooked up to the monitor output, and either route all video signals through the amp or hook the amp to a separate input on your display and toggle to it whenever you want to change a parameter. This is disasterous if you intend to use it for non-video sources, for instance music listening in Dolby Pro Logic II mode. If you want to simply change the center width, you have to go through the on-screen menu. When in the GUI, the option is not reflected on the receiver's display, it simply reads "GUI" (graphical user interface) in order to inform you, or taunt you, depending on how you see it. I see no logical reason for Yamaha to remove the traditional shorthand method of adjusting parameters other than sheer stupidity on their behalf, because it worked perfectly and was an incredibly, unbeatably convenient way of making quick changes to parameters on-the-fly, which was fully intentional. But they can't be blamed for being the first electronics company to do something stupid for no meaningful reason. They can most likely fix this issue through a firmware upgrade if enough people demand it. The other is the manual speaker level adjustment. Unlike the RX-V1500, you can't turn on the test tone using a button on the remote, but again you must use the on-screen menu system. There is an option for turning on the test tone in there, but it doesn't seem to be useful for anything. Once you leave that submenu it turns off again. The only function it serves is to scare the living daylights out of you the first time you try it by playing back pink noise at -0dB. Going to the speaker level submenu, as you step through the speakers and adjust them the tone toggles on again (at -0dB, regardless of the volume setting) but you have to step through the speakers manually and on your way step through any unused speakers, which are grayed out. This means you cannot directly compare L/C/R to Ls/Rs levels by ear, so you're left with either using an SPL meter and all the patience you can muster, or fully trusting YPAO to do the job during auto setup. So much for manual adjustment. Again, this is something Yamaha could have done better and probably fix in a firmware upgrade if enough people complain. If you're eyeing (or should that be earing? ) an RX-V2500, you may want to consider if those two stupid limitations of it will cause problems in your setup. There are probably much worse designs out there from various brands, but that's no excuse for a company who used to do things right to suddenly start doing things wrong.