Summary: I bought this four months ago, has been a fantastic AVR. Onkyo has the most technology packed in an AVR with features that are not included in other AVR's anywhere near the price. Hardly any other AVR's are network WiFi ready; none have all the listening modes that this one has. THis worked great until a week ago when I got the dreaded and oft-mentioned "HDMI gremlin", where the HDMI out card fails.
Summary: Let me start out by saying that I really like the features on this receiver - almost impossible to beat for the price. BUT...I was hit by the HDMI issue mentioned by other people in the reviews. In my case, I could see the UI, but video output was blocked...probably a failure of security (HDCP) authentication. I did recover video output with a full reset, but obviously lost all my settings in the process.
Summary: The unit works OK for the most part. I thought I would share the most disappointing aspect I have found so that future buyers might make a more informed decision. The feature that drove me to favor it over the 609 was that the 709 has two HDMI outputs. I thought they ought to both function completely, as I suspect most people would.
Summary: Ich würde gerne dreieinhalb Sterne vergeben. Meine Bewertung basiert größtenteils nicht auf dem Vergleich mit anderen Geräten - da habe ich bei meiner Kaufentscheidung nicht viel Zeit vergeudet und kann deshalb nicht viel sagen. Vorab: ich hatte bisher einen sehr guten AV-Receiver Sony STR-DB940 im Einsatz, bei welchem die Video-Komponente allerdings immer mehr in den Hintergrund gedrängt wurde wegen Umstiegs auf Samsung Flachbild-TV und BluRay-Player in Verbindung mit...