Summary: This receiver is a good value and gives you great flexibility for the dollars you spend. Set up is not fast, but if you read and follow instructions you will be very satisfied with the results. It customizes the sound to your room for your listening pleasure. I'd like to have seen more remote control of the Sirius radio's display as it always defaults to station and you must go to the receiver to see what's playing, but the sound is great.
Summary: A friend and I set up the system. We had some questions regarding setup, but they were easily answered in the manual. I particularly appreciated having a hard copy of the manual. Too many things bought today refer you to their website for a manual. I liked the visibility of the power button on the unit and the clarity of the display. I also like the separate on and off buttons on the remote.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Clean Sound, Durable, Easy To Set Up, Good Power
Summary: Think of hookup this way: The HDMI basically carries only video to this receiver. If you want this receiver to send audio directly to the speakers, you must use the audio connections. The cable HDMI connections do send video and sound to the HDTV via the HDMI cables (as if you would ever want to use the TV's speakers). The setup sounds archaic, but once it is set up, it produces great audio and video.
Summary: Has 4 HDMI inputs. A feature that automatically lowers the volume when annoying commercials come on. Very powerful and I have a second zone set up- 5.1 home theater in one zone and stereo reception in another zone. Denon makes quality products- my other Denon receiver is 8 years old. Denon makes extremely complicated products. The set up for the average person is nearly impossible without calling for help. The manual reads like an electrical engineering textbook.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Clean Sound, Durable, Good Power