I am going to be getting a new receiver at some point and have been following this thread along with the HK 254 thread. I have been very surprised that neither thread discusses the other receiver. I would have thought they were similar and would have invited extensive comparisons.
From what I have gathered, HKs are known for their rich, warm sound. For the Denons the Auddyssey features seem to be a big selling point. I get confused when trying to compare the type of upscaling, etc.
I want a nice receiver that will upconvert so I can send everything to the tv via hdmi. I want as many hdmi inputs as possible since I already have 3 devices with hdmi (and expect a future bluray player and computer purchase to have hdmi). In fact I am considering waiting under the assumption that next years receivers will have more hdmi inputs.
Now, maybe I am overestimating the need for hdmi iputs. When is component just as good as hdmi (ex. I'm guessing for a normal upconverting dvd player it isn't that crucial).
Also, am I correct that future computers will be outputing via hdmi rather than vga? My computer was connected to my previous tv via vga cable. I am having builtins built, wires run, etc and am undecided on whether to run this cable for the computer, or whether an hdmi cable would be more useful for all future computer purchases.
If anyone can compare the Denon 1909 to the 254 I would appreciate it. Although it appears that many people here upgrade equipment on a regular basis, this will be a substantial purchase for me that I expect to keep for several years. So any advice/opinions will be greatly appreciated.
FWIW - I will be connecting a SA8300hd cable box, sony ns75h upconverting dvd player, toshiba A2 hd-dvd, pan es20 dvd recorder and vcr to a pioneer 5020 tv.