Conclusion: Calling these my "final" musings on the subject would be somewhat disingenuous, as I plan to bite the bullet and buy my very own TX-NR809 receiver and make it a permanent, central part of my home theater rig.
Pros: So many ways to customize this receiver to our exact needs!, So many ports!, Outstanding audio and video hardware onboard, So many digital music options, online and locally, Broad complement of Audyssey and Dolby enhancements, including configurable height and width channels and Dolby Volume
Cons: No AirPlay, Twitchy iPod/iPhone connectivity, Deep menus and sub-menus can sometimes be non-intuitive
Summary: The Onkyo TX-NR809 is a fantastic value in its class. It offers excellent performance and a bevy of features that will make any home theater enthusiast happy. An MSRP of $1,099 may sound high, but when you consider that it can take the place of at least 2 components you might otherwise have, it is...
Conclusion: The Onkyo TX-NR809 is the best received I ever had / tested. It is feature packed, offers a large number of HDMI inputs, every Internet Radio / music streaming client you could want and a good DLNA client implementation.
Pros: 7 x 135 W power, smooth and clear sound, excellent network connectivity, clients for the most popular streaming services, good DLNA implementation, price, well designed remote control
Cons: The first received I tested that needs time to boot. It is not really a complaint, I understand that it is essentially a computer at core but it feels weird., Bump noise from the subwoofer every time the receiver is powered on. I would like this fixed in a future firmware release if possible.