Summary: AVR 354, not the solid old school H/K your father owned that is still working. The new mass produced 354 features software problems switching HDMI, which are said to be now resolved. Look forward to finding a 232 plug, loading software to resolve issues and updates that take 1 Hr+ if they work. Video processors have chronic issues and will eventually lock you into one surround sound mode and lock out the unit.
Summary: ONE month out of warranty, I began hearing constant static and occasional popping from my right front speaker. I though I had blown the tweeter, but when I plugged in the left front speaker to the right front output of the $600 HK AVR 340, the same static was now in the left speaker. Thus, it was not the speaker. Both Circuit City and the HK authorized service center confirmed the problem.