Just replaced an old STR-DG800 Sony with the VSX-33. I had a very good experience with a 1019 in a previous system, so this was a natural. I considered an sc-37 or 35, but when living in an apartment, this seemed like the best fit.
So far so good, I have:
A Vizio local dimming LED HDTV, a Toshiba HD-A35 HD DVD player, an OPPO BDP-83 bluray/SACD/DVD-A player and a Comcast box as media sources, with an all Energy 5.1 - RC-10 fronts, RC-mini Center, RC-mini sides and an ESW-V8 sub. The space is about 12 x 20 including a kitchen area.
The switch took about an hour and a half, rerouted HDMI cables which had gone direct to the HDTV to the VSX-33, removed analog audio cables from the BDP-83 as well as optical cables which are no longer needed. Very nice to cut down the cable count again, as well as seeing the lossless signal from the HD-A35 once more.
Ran MCACC, it identified a loose connection on my left front, re-ran after fixing it and we were in business. The system was working, now to reprogram my Harmony One - this took a bit, since the BDP-83 was tied into the BD input, and the harmony database did not have this key identified. I had to teach the remote this key, and voila' everything is peachy.
Initial reactions: a world of difference to have a properly configured system from MCACC as opposed to the Sony. It sounded much better to me, probably due to the proper settings for the speakers. I also, as mentioned really enjoyed the lossless sound from both HD players. I have yet to play around with it, just getting this far (and watching some baseball) took up the night.
Anyways - great receiver so far!