Summary: I was going to buy an Anthem pre/pro and ??? 7ch amp to replace my aging Denon which lacks HDMI, but my theatre is not yet finished so I bought the Onkyo to tide me over, assuming I'd need to replace it later. Well I don't think that'll be necessary. It's not great out of the box, but after a full 8 position Audyssey XT32 calibration it's brilliant, with bass resolution and vocal clarity I've not heard in my system before.
Summary: the title says it all. has just about every bell and whistle in a mainstream receiver besides 11 channel capability. honestly, i did not know it was going to be this good. if i had to do it all over again, i would've got the 5009 which is a several hundred dollar upgrade for having a toroidal transformer and a few other minute details, the toroidal transformer being the reason and brunt of the upgrade.
Summary: 9.2 channel, THX Ultra2 Plus, DTS Neo X, Audyssey XT32, 3 zones, iPhone USB, 4k upscaling, easy interface with a great multi functional remote. Need I say more? This AVR rocks. I compared many models from competitors and the only thing this really lacks is apple AirPlay but since I had an apple tv it really didn't matter. This receiver has 4 transformers and uses them all marvelously. I couldn't be happier with this AVR.
Summary: Purcahsed from Amazon. Have had this for about a week. Updated firmware right away with USB flash drive...no issues. Set up Audyssey XT32...awesome. I have Epson 8500UB projector, Pioneer BDP-320 blu ray player, Klipsch Icon V setup (bi-amped vf-36's, vc-25, vs-14's), bic f12 subwoofer. Sound is clear and crisp. Video was great before...now spectacular. Audio was great before, now spectacular.
Summary: I'm running a 5.2 system off this receiver. Sounds great after Audyssey set up, and really helps control my 2 SVS PB12+ subs as each gets individually and collectively optimized. My left and right fronts are run off an external amp, while this powers my center and side speakers (PSB Stratus C6i, PSB Imagine S surrounds). Sounds excellent, better than my old Onkyo 807, and I like the new dynamic volume options as well.