On this site, Sony AVRs don't get much respect. Much of the info is based on older equipment, and some is based on what they've heard from others. I read it all too, and then went to lots of other places to do some more reading. When the dust settled, I bought the DN1000 and couldn't be more pleased.
It replaced my Harman-Kardon AVR247 with its twitchy HDMI switching and from a purely subjective listening, it is an improvement in overall sound of my 7.1 setup.
The first thing I noted was that everything works like it is supposed to with no glitches. The auto=setup works fine, but takes a little tweaking, but that is pretty common to most of the auto-setups, imo. The unit looks very good.
I have an AppleTV, Sony N460 BD player, Dish HDDVR and HTPC connected via HDMI and the switching is smooth, with never a miss which was common with the HK. My HD-A2 HDDVD player is connected via component/optical, set at 1080i and it works fine. Everything goes out via HDMI to my Panasonic plasma.
I would say to connect your unit and see what you think. You may find that it is just your cup of tea!