rapstas wrote:What a sweet deal; I have been loving almost every aspect of the one I purcahsed from the last sale.
Sound quality is great; hdmi pass-through and on-screen set-up is great. 4 Configurable buttons on the front for picking your favorite inputs is awesome! Remembering previous settings is lovely.
The only disappointing thing is not being able to have me CD player controllable with the remote. I can't think of any other complaints.
Mine really is performing like a champ and have not regretted the purchase one bit.
I own this receiver. It does not have HDMI-pass through on standby. Denon apparently at some point incorrectly listed that it did because when I bought it, both Amazon and C|net said that it did. Currently, if you check with Denon, they say it doesn't. If you download the manual, it makes no mention of this feature. This is very definitely not a support HDMI-pass through on standby, which is what people usually mean when they say "HDMI-pass through". It does pass 3D HDMI signals through, but that's a separate issue. Woot's description is accurate, but the post I've quoted is misleading.
Other posters who said that it strictly passes through the HDMI video signal are slightly wrong. It does add an on-screen display onto them when you use the menu or adjust the volume. However, they are completely correct when they say that it does not up-convert video from non-HDMI sources.
On the whole, I've been happy with this receiver. The sound quality is good. Volume increases are nice and smooth. The quick-change buttons are convenient so changing inputs has been easy (and hitting one will turn on the power, so it's even only a single button press), except that only three of the HDMI inputs map to buttons. The last one is used for the iPod dock (I don't own an iPod), so it would've been nice if the quick-change buttons were reprogrammable.
What's bad about it is: 1) no video upconversion 2) no HDMI-pass through on standby 3) no return audio channel support (it's okay for me, my TV doesn't support it anyway) 4) cheap connectors for the surround-sound speakers, including the center-channel one. Only nice connectors for front right and front left. 5) It eats the audio from the HDMI signal so if you're using this to switch HDMI, you have to use it for audio (no huge deal, but it would be nice if it let the TV have the audio signal too, just in case I wanted to use it) 6) not a lot of inputs 7) minor software bug which sometimes causes changes in the options menu to not take effect 8) no automatic calibration option
Most of the short-comings I was aware of going into this and didn't want to pay the extra $200-300 for the next model up which would avoid all of that, so I don't really regret them. Numbers 2 and 7 were surprises. 7 isn't a big deal. It just meant that I changed something in the menu and then it didn't work and then I had to go and change it again to get it to work. And I worked around 2 by having the device I wanted to pass-through instead go directly to the TV and feed the audio to the receiver using a fiberoptic cable (and I complained to Amazon about the misleading description and they gave me some of my money back, so in the end that was all good).
So, for what it is, I think it's pretty good. But you should know that this is a low-end surround receiver without all the bells and whistles. If you buy this expecting bells and whistles it doesn't have, then you'll be disappointed. If you expect a bare-bones HDMI-switching surround-sound receiver, I think you'll be pleased with the good sound quality and easy interface. It's not going to be as good as the $600+ AV receivers, but it's a good deal at this price.