Summary: Just some long term input on this device. It sounds great when it works. I've had mine for three years and it died on me twice. Th first time it would not turn on. The second time was much worse, the replacement I received caught on fire just by turning it on. there was no dust, I don't have any animals and no outside influences that would have affected it. It had been off all day and was 73 degrees in my place.
Summary: This is my first HK receiver and I am highly disappointed. I'm not a tech person and will use basic terms...I have my PS3 hooked up using an HDMI cable. There is a terrible crackling sound in all of my speakers. I contacted HK support, they stated it was a known problem and they were working on a fix. I asked if it would be soon as I only had 30 days to return the product. They assured me it was on the way any day...8 months later an update finally came out.
Summary: I bought this receiver based on reviews that rated the HK units as some of the best for music. My setup includes a set of high end Klipsch speakers and a 12" JBL sub-woofer, sound was excellent while it worked. I have gone through 2 units now. The first one failed after 2 months and was replaced by HK under warranty. The second failed 1 week ago and I still have not been able to get a response from tech support.
Summary: While I can attest that the unit sounds great, configuring it is nothing short of a nightmare. I originally purchased the AVR-147 model, but returned it because it did not pass through video, so I would be switching video inputs on my 1080p TV while switching audio inputs on my AVR-147. What would be the point?