Summary: It's quite unfortunate when a good brand takes a truly bad turn. I've decided to purchase this mostly due to Onkyo's reputation of having great reliable receiver, but I really should have read more reviews of their other similar products.
Summary: JANUARY 2013 UPDATE: DO NOT BUY ONKYO. My receiver has stopped working again, just a year after warranty repair by an authorized Onkyo service center for what is a known issue with this model (it just stops producing sound one day).
Summary: Receiver's sound Amplifier burned out in a planned obsolesence period of warranty + one month. In the state of Colorado, there is one certified Onkyo tech who wanted 3 months and more $$$ to fix it than I originally paid. Looking online, the blown amp is exceedingly common for this unit.
Summary: This unit died after one week. Steps to reproduce...? 1)ensure all connections are accurate and secure...check 2)using the OSD, configure inputs, outputs, speaker settings...etc...check. 3)using the OSD, calibrate the speaker output levels....check. 4) ....died while calibrating..
Summary: Well, this might have been the best sounding receiver of all time, but I never found out. I spent a good hour setting this thing up, running wires through the wall, etc. I turned it on and was working on the system setup on the (very cool) receiver menu.