Hi!, i've been an avid reader of this forum for quite a few years now. i don't believe i've ever posted.
but now i really need your help.
my current Onkyo TX SR606 -which i've had for almost two years- is showing serious sign of death. i've done my research, and it's the infamous HDMI switchboard defect. i call it a defect because that's what it is, Onkyo should've treat it as a defect and repair all the defective models regardless of warranty. but since that's not the case, i am left to choose another new receiver.
i've done my homework, and have limited down to three receivers that'll replace my 606, and fit my price range. they're the Denon AVR791, Pioneer VSX 1020-K, and the Onkyo 608.
as i am REALLY put off from buying another Onkyo receiver, i am really disgusted by them after owning this Onkyo TX SR606 and them not owning up to their mistake. all three models above are in the same price range, except Denon, which is a bit higher.
can you guys help me choose. my current dilemma is that the Pioneer seems to provide the most power, at 110watt per channel; as my two front speakers are 110 watt, center is 90watt, and rear are wall mounted 75 watt. and seems to run the coolest. but i've heard the Pioneer's remote is awful, and switching input takes a long time, and powering on also takes up to 50secs. The Denon seems to be pretty good too, but is probably least powerful of all three, comes at only 90watts per channel. The Onkyo 608 seems to have all the best features of the other two but i really don't want to throw my money away to another pre-mature death like the current 606 model. i've heard several onkyo models suffer from this infamous HDMI switch board defect.
any help would be deeply appreciated. i don't know how much longer this receiver will last.
fyi, my current setup is mainly an HTPC with ATI Radeon HD5850 output both video and audio directly through HDMI as passthrough to the receiver. it has worked out marvelously in getting pure Blu-Ray Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master. i also play games on this HTPC which does so in HDMI PCM Multichannel mode, as well as using win7's Media center to watch TV/record/DVR function, and music listening. The TV is a Samsung 46" LCD in 1080P.
TV: Samsung 60inch 60ES8000 LED TV,
Sound System: Pioneer VSX 1120-K, 2x JBL L890 fronts, 1x JBL LC2 center, 4x JBL L820 surrounds, 1x SVS PB12 NSD for a complete 7.1
Headphones: Audio Technica ATH-AD700, AD900X, Sennheiser HD598, HD650, HD800S
Headphone DAC/AMP: Schiit Bifrost / Bottlehead Crack Tube Amp