I currently have an HK avr-230 - a simple receiver that I've been very happy with. I intend to get a new receiver so that I can run everything through hdmi. I want the "best" receiver I can get in this price range, but I honestly don't know exactly what to look for.
I have been following the hk-254 thread along with this one (even though it doesn't seem that others consider these to be competing receivers). I gather from my reading that the two are comparable, both upconvert, are good brands, etc. I haven't been able to determine any major feature distinguishing one from the other - other than the Audyssey features (which seem very useful to me). Is this correct?
I am leaning heavily towards preordering the Denon primarily because of the many complaints/problems in the HK thread and the lack of these in this thread. Unlike many posters here, I do not intend to replace this receiver for several years (and will be very disappointed if I have to). So a bug free receiver is very important to me.
So my question is - are the Denon receivers much more reliable, as it seems to me from the 2 threads. Or, as suggested earlier, is this thread just in the "anticipation" stage with complaints, etc to come later?
Also, how reliable are Denon receivers in general (do they run hot like Onkyos or have other known problems)? I have only purchased one Denon product - a mini system that was fairly expensive (to me) for what it is. Unfortunately, after the cd player plays for a short time you begin to hear an audible buzz -(all other inputs are fine). Even though you obviously can not extrapolate anything from one purchase it did make me reluctant to purchase another Denon product. Was this an isolated incident for a normally reliable brand?
Any input would be greatly appreciated. I really want to purchase this receiver. But if the the types of problems I am seeing in the HK thread are inherent to all new hdmi receivers (as I have seen suggested in that thread), or Denons in particular, I would probably need to wait for a future generation receiver when the kinks have been worked out.