Summary: I have owned Denon AVR's for many, many years. This unit was of interest because it switches HDMI as well as retaining S-video and Red/Blue/Green rca inputs so older devices can plug in. I bought and returned an O---o receiver that sounded fine, but they had abandoned S-video input, and the amp sent out interrupted audio for several seconds when TV signals varied in format sent as it recognized and "caught up" to the change. Denons don't do like that.
Summary: One of the top of the basic line of Denon, or the first of the top line of Denon, is the same that the AVR-887 electronics, only are diferent the front face, the strongest thing of this models are the HDMI support, Neural Surround system & that are XM ready, it have 5 digital inputs, 3 opt & 2 Coaxial, the RS-232 control port & that the front face are aluminium made.
Summary: This system is an excellent system for the price. I have everything hooked into it. 42" plasma tv, souround sound speeker system, ps3, vcr/dvd player, directtv hd dvr, sirius unit, and even a turntable for records (remember them?). The only problem with this unit is the remote. You need to be a rocket scientist to understand it. To solve this problem get yourself a logitech universal remote. I have the harmony 880. Now everything works great.
Summary: This receiver has good features, but the set-up is difficult. Once you've mastered the set-up, the system perfoms admirable. I recommend you use the "lock" feature once you're satisfied with the setting, because if you decide to tinker with them later you could have a mess on your hands and have to redo the set-up.
Summary: This is my first Denon product I've purchased. I was looking at this model, and the step up--the 2807. I do not have a HD monitor yet. My budget was in the $800-$1100 range. I've had my unit for almost exactly a month, and not too much time to use it, but enough so that I feel I need to write this review... If you do some homework on looking for a receiver, Denon will inevitably come your way.