Long term lurker, and former supporter of another forum that keeps shrinking its HT section.....
Just wanted to weigh in on a disturbing trend I've seen with H/K.
My first H/K AVR was a 230 - a solid and muscular receiver, with plenty of clean power, and such a heavy power supply that I wouldn't put it on the glass shelf in my unit as I was worried about it breaking it. Thing was over 30lbs. Swore I'd never get rid of it.
A few years later, I was helping a buddy design a HT setup, and we settled on the AVR 254 for him. Another really solid unit - very heavy, lots of power, great GUI. Excellent piece, and quality sound.
Then along came HDMI audio, and an H/K was just out my budget, so I got a Denon 591. Very nice piece, a bit more lightweight than the H/K, nowhere near the bottom end punch in stereo, but Audyssey was super nice. However, I just couldn't get used to its stereo, so I end up....
Buying an AVR 1600. Nice unit, nowhere near as robust as my AVR 230, but still a decent (not overbuilt) power supply. A quality unit, way better at the HT thing than the old AVR 230, not quite as good at stereo, but still better than the Denon.
Then my buddy has me over last night to hook up a second HT in his basement, and he's bought himself a HK AVR1565. All I can say is.....
What the heck?
If the thing weighed over 20 lbs, I'd be surprised. The sound out of it was thin, and really Pioneer 521ish. Lots of mid-range distortion, just like all the other entry-level AVRs.
The thing looked nice and all, but did not sound like an H/K.
The disturbing trend is that the power supply keeps getting lighter, pieces keep disappearing (i.e. pre-outs), and they are losing that robust and full sound that made H/K famous. The 1565 reminds me of what happened when Yamaha went into entry level gear a few years back - for some time they can trade on their reputation as a "premium" brand, but the mass-marketing of their product eventually comes back to haunt them.
All I can say is if you want an H/K, skip the 1565, and either pick up a discounted 1600 or 2600. I used to recommend H/K to all my buddies - hey, do you want bells and whistles or quality sound. Unfortunately, with the 1565, it looks like you get neither.
Music: Musical Fidelity A3.2, Soliloquy 6.2, CEC/White (original AT-10 cartridge) Turntable, H/K CD
HT: Marantz SR5009, Wharfedale Diamond 10.6, Mirage Surrounds, AR MC1 Center, PS3, JVC Jukebox