Summary: I like the receiver auto set up only took minutes. It sounds great!! I was able to easily hook up all my components. I would recommend the system to anyone who is looking to achieve an excellent home theater. The only dislike is I wish it had more then two HDMI inputs, But definately not a reason to pass on this.
Summary: I bought Bose Acoustimass 16 speakers to go with this reciever. The set up took over 5 hours to hook up. Then it took couple of hours of teethig problems like bad conncetions etc to get the caliberation done. Then the sound level was very low at the default settings. Called customer service and changed levels and shazaam everything worked beautifully. I connected all my inputs including video and audio and onkyo remote interactive ipod dock through this reciever.
Summary: I am a Yamaha fan by history but they did not have the features that this one does in this price range. Its easy to setup and works with HDMI great. No complaints or problems at all. I am VERY impressed with this product, check C/Net's review of it you will see...
Summary: I've only had this unit about a month, and I'm still getting the setup tweaked, but so far this AVR rocks! It has every sort of input/output you could want and is quite configurable. Read the manual carefully, or you'll get no sound here and there. The digital inputs have to be mapped to sources, but the manual and on-screen guide make it easy.
Summary: Can't say I'm a huge audiophile, but I have done a lot of research in home theater setups. Was looking for a "future proof" receiver (of course, no product really exists) for HD gaming and movies. Ended purchasing the Onkyo 674 for its HDMI 1080p input/output, and up conversion, and mid-level price. Sounds great! Very warm, clear sound and I found it easy to setup. I have everything (PS3, Xbox360, Wii) connected (or up converted) via HDMI, works... almost flawlessly.
Summary: I did a lot of research before purchasing this receiver. The reviews and information I dug up were correct! This receiver is a great buy it has numerous features that you usually pay a lot more for. The 7.1 surround sound is great! I haven't used all the features yet. (particularly the upconvert capability) but I'm confident based on all I have done with it that the rest of the features will be of similar quality.
Summary: Like few friends said in their reviews, the menu should have been bit more user friendly. Besides those kinda silly drawbacks, I am totally satisfied with the performance of this system. I end up setting of a home theater system for less than 1000 bucks with the amazing speaker deals got from vans.com I highly recommend this system!!!