Just got my 1611 all hooked up and used it while watching TV from my Moto HD DVR box from Comcast last night. So far I am really impressed, I do not need a very loud receiver (wattage wise) but I do notice that I need the volume up to about 50 to 55 to really hear it all and not be so loud as to wake up the baby. I notice a dramatic drop in volume once you go around 45 and below. I may reset the processor and run the auto setup again this time making a better effort in the position selection for the microphone.
Strange thing is that my cable box seems to reset itself every day since I have it hooked up to the 1611 (never happened when it was hooked up to an HDMI switch or directly to TV). So I have to go back into the moto setup menu and change from 720p to 1080i, this is very strange and annoying. I have HDMI control on and I set the cbl/sat HDMI for passthrough so I can watch TV without the 1611 when needed.
I also notice audio dropouts from cable box while I am in the 1611's menu's, but so far (knocks on wood) not while watching TV. I notice the signal must cut out or something when moving through the menu because my cable box shows du1 and the signal cuts out.
I needed a budget AVR because I had a perfectly fine Harmon Kardon AVR but it was a model from 2003/2004 so no HDMI and no HD audio decoding. So I wanted to spend as close to $200 as possible and was able to get the 1611 for a few $$ more than that at Elec Expo over the holiday weekend. Got rid of so many wires and it is nice to only have one cable going to my TV.
I really miss having a switched/non-switched outlet(s) on the back of the AVR, was good for fans, ambient lighting and my gigabit switch.
I have a Moto cable box, Samsung BD player (soon to be a Sony 3D BD player), Xbox 360 and a Wii all connected into the 1611 and then for my TV I have a Sony 55HX800. For my speakers I have Energy CB-5's for fronts, CC-5 for center, JBL satelites for surrounds and a JBL powered sub. I am hoping this AVR will be great for all sources and last me a while.
One thing I was never good at was understanding how to setup these complicated AVR's, the manual is pretty large and sometimes I just don't understand how to do things. Hopefully I will get the hang of it and be able to tweek the settings to my liking.