Summary: I bought this to replace an older version (onkyo tx-ds494) of a 5.1 system. and I have to say that the sound quality was not all that much better. If you are looking for bells and whistles that's fine but if you just want great sound.....stick with a model with a smaller price tag....onkyo makes a great sound no matter what model you choose. p.s. I sent this one back and re-connected my old one!
Now with firmware updates the unit is better but still has an issue yet to be resolved
D. Krepak, Amazon
13 September 2008
Summary: I purchased this on advance order so was one of the "beta testers." If it wasn't for the firmware updates which were obtained through an audio video forum, I would be very unhappy with this purchase due to several serious problems with this unit and others produced in 2007. There have been 3 firmware updates since the release last fall which addressed most of the problems including audio lock on problems. No information about them is posted on the Onkyo website.
Summary: A couple of years ago I bought a Denon 3805 for $1,000 - it was perfect for my needs at the time, but it didn't have HDMI. A couple of months ago I replaced my wonderful Denon with the Onkyo 905 - for $2,000. I didn't take this purchase lightly - after much research, I decided that the dual output, HDMI 1.3a, Reon HQV, and better DACs than my Denon would be just what I needed.