Summary: I actually bought this receiver to replace a much more expensive Denon which was not user friendly. This is a really great receiver, it comes with the microphone (unlike Denon) to automatically set up your speakers. I use the different sound fields and the receiver has performed flawlessly. My front speakers are Polk Monitor 40's which are bi-wired and they sound absolutely awesome. Don't let the price fool you this receiver will light your system up.
Summary: If you are shopping for a home theater receiver you have chosen the right place. This receiver has more features geared towards home theater than any other and on top of that, out performs all in its price range and some of the even high end equipment. Hence the model number HTR. Also, this years edition can do music better also, sounding loud and clear boasting a little more power and the new edition of Burr-Brown outputs.