Pros: Easy setup and clear on screen selections. Setup was easier than previous high end product. Visually attractive front unit. The Dolby does help to modulate volume coming from typically loud TV commercials. The audio quality subjectively appears better than previous non HK unit to myself and another individual.
Cons: System runs hot with chasis temperature >150 degrees with IR thermometer. Much hotter than my previous non HK unit. The unit is in a well ventilated cabinet. The audio turns off anywhere between 30 minutes and 3 hours. Have to turn AVR off and back on to get it to return. Have contacted customer support at HK.
Summary: The front USB port doesn't support the use of thumb drives for anything other than firmware updates. I hoped to be able to plug a USB drive into that port and play music off it.
Pros: The receiver is physically beautiful. The volume knob is not a cylindrical prism, but a ring on its side, the interior of which is illuminated white. The power switch in its off state is amber but when on it's white, as well. The remote is also Euro-beautiful.
Cons: Connectivity: No wireless. Must be connected directly to the router with cat5.
Summary: lack of instructions about unit itself. like can i turn off the headlight that they call a volume button
Pros: I love the hdmi switching and the sound set up. I swear i can hear birds and stuff in movies that i missed in the past.
Cons: the set up time was doubled because of how the negative speaker wire goes in the receiver. It goes in at 5 o clock but the positive is blocking your fingers. It felt like forever to hook up the 8 or so wires.
Summary: Video pass through only works when the receiver is powered up. If I'm just watching the news - especially in the morning when everyone else is still asleep - I don't want to hear the subwoofer and surround sound. Fortunately, you can set it so it defaults to zero volume when it is turned on.
Pros: Once set up, it's easy enough that my wife can switch from TV to DVR to Blu-Ray without help. A big plus!
Cons: Only seems to recognize songs in a Windows Media Player library - I don't use WMP, so I had to set it up on my computer before the receiver could see the music.