Aiwa AV D58 Receiver

Aiwa Receiver : Aiwa AV D58

Aiwa AV D58 Receiver Aiwa AV D58 Receiver First let me say that the Aiwa AV D58 audio portion is great. However if you're buying this for receiving multiple radio stations, be prepared for a real disappointment. Presets are set sequentially, so you can't change just one. Setting and getting to station presets is VERY difficult. Aiwa AV D58 FM tuner has really low sensitivity, with an unknown station in background on all frequencies. Getting to the different features is also a nightmare, especially the audio sound effects. Getting what you want is a pain. Changing the volume you crank and crank to make a noticeable difference.
This receiver was just as easy to set up as a simple stereo one, absolutely NO drama. I fired it up and did a little reading in the book to finish setting up the details. Balancing the speakers was a little bit tricky, you have to do it from the remote and adjusting up + down volume is done with a shift+key press; could be easier. You can do it on the Aiwa AV D58 , but then you're not sitting where the speakers are, or you have to have someone else do it while you direct. Also, the remote is small- bigger would help. It's also laid out in the usual Aiwa style, i.e. awkward; most others are better.
I hooked things up so everything goes through the Aiwa AV D58 receiver: VCR and DVD, and am using VCR for channel control, so TV is basically just a monitor, I'm not using volume on it anymore. This thing sounds great. Stereo from CD+FM+MP3, surround on CDs, DVDs, digital surround, everything. I now run everything in surround instead of just stereo. I got a free DVD from Best Buy that has setup programs for home theater, so I ran through it, and I had to tweak very little. LOVE: The surround sound. Also the surround control setup- just like the high-end A/V systems. HATE: Nothing.
Would IMPROVE: I'd like names for radio station presets; better layout on remote (I'm using a universal anyway, so not major); more Aiwa AV D58 tone controls than just treble + bass, but DSP settings compensate nicely. If you want a low-priced receiver that does A/V quite nicely, and has 2 digital inputs and 3 video ins, this is it. There's nothing for under $200 that approaches the features + quality.

Aiwa AV D58 Key Features

Number of Channels 5.1 Channels
Stereo Mode Power 80 Watt @ 8 ohm, 40 Hz - 20 kHz, THD: 1%
Surround Mode Power 80 Watt @ 8 ohm, 40 Hz - 20 kHz, THD: 1%
Surround Sound Dolby Digital? • DTS? • Dolby Pro Logic II
THX Certification No
DSP Modes Church • Disco • Hall • Live • Movie
Rear Input Connectors RCA (2 Audio Channels) x 6 • Digital Coaxial x 2 • Digital Optical x 2 • Composite (Video) x 2 Rear Output Connectors RCA (2 Audio Channels) x 2 • Composite (Video) x 2
Aiwa AV D58 Front A/V Connections Composite x 1 • Couple RCA Jack x 1 • Headphones x 1
Speaker Impedance 8 Ohm • 16 Ohm
Tuner Presets 32 Channels
Tone Controls Bass & Treble
Remote Control
Aiwa AV D58 Dimensions:
Width 17 in.
Depth 15.25 in.
Height 6.13 in.
Aiwa AV D58 Weight 28 lb.

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