Summary: I bought the Onkyo TX NR709 because of the many inputs, network connection and price. The processor does a fine job of producing good channel separation in the many modes to choose from. So far it is the best receiver, as far as the processor goes, I have even had. The internal channel amplifiers work OK. I hooked up mono block amplifiers to the right, center, and left preouts and the sound is way more clear. The universal remote is somewhat limited in the learning mod.
Excerpt: Only had this receiver for a week, but so far, very happy with it overall... upgraded from an Onkyo TX-SR707. Purchased from Vanns - as always, they are great - fast shipping and good service. One complaint on how they shipped it though - it was not double boxed just shipped in its original box... so the box was a bit banged up by UPS... but the good news is the receiver seems OK, no worse for the wear fingers crossed it stays that way!