Summary: Well, this is one serious piece of work! The sound is unbelievable.....crystal clear even @ higher volumes...... Easy to operate remote, user friendly OSD and theres multiple THX fields. Beautiful light display wraps around volume nozzle, which you can turn off if you choose too. Banana plugs in rear is a nice touch. This unit also has a built in cooling fan; you dont hear it if it engages. Unit can get semi-heated but nothing to worry about.
Summary: Pros: easy to setup, easy to use, powerful, assignable inputs, video up-conversion, HDMI signal bypass when receiver is off. Cons: OSD could be improved with a better look with icons overlay, instead of full screen text menus.
Pros: Sound quality was excellent, Superb Video up-conversion, Menus are very easy to navigate, Remote is very easy to use, 6x HDMI inputs, one in front, one output, DLNA, THX certification, Ability to upgrade firmware via internet easily.
Pros: Plenty of hdmi inputs for all ur devices, plenty of sound modes to choose from as well. Setup is quick and easy. You also have plenty of online music choices as well. 4 someone that doesn't have a infinite budget the 609 is defiantly deserves a look.
Cons: No AirPlay obviously, BUT with no complaints I use an apple tv. These other receivers don't AirPlay video so you still need an apple tv so you aren't missing out. Use the USB plug in if you don't have apple tv. That is my only issue with the 609.