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The 805 from an audio point is untouchable. It has everything and more feature wise. The only issue is heat but if given 4"-5" of space above it is really a non issue. It has more power (THX Ultra 2, actually does 100w/5 channels driven), better DACs (Burr-Brown PCM-1796, same in Denon 5308), better room correction (Audyssey Multi EQ XT), and I could go on. Problems were fixed with firmware updates. The only problem is heat (which is usually from the 805 being in a tight space).
The H/Ks are still waiting on new firmware to correct many problems. There is a VERY long problems thread for the 254/354. You may or may not have problems in your setup. Read a few pages in there and see what I mean.
None of these AVRs will improve your picture. If you go to the 876 for $900 or so, then you get improved PQ with the Reon chip.
The Pioneer SC-05 is another great option that can be had for much less than MSRP.
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