Originally Posted by almangar
There was nothing wrong with the Denon, it was just part of Denon/Boston Acoustics HTIB package that I picked up, so if the speakers had to go back, the receiver had to accompany it.
Ah. Didn't know that.
What if I throw another receiver out there. I just found the tx-nr609 for $299. Any thoughts?
I think it would also work.
Also, I hear alot of chatter about the Onkyos overheating and having HDMI issues. Don't know if this is because they are more prone or is it just that there are so many more Onkyos out there compared to others that you are going to hear about more problems?
This is an interesting question. There was a thread along these lines a while ago. I think it was titled something like "Is Onkyo the Jaguar of AV?"
Overall, in my experience, Onkyo tends to fail more. This is both from online and personal observation. I've also read some absolute horror stories about Onkyo Customer Service here on AVS.
Regarding heat, a lot of modern AVRs that I've toyed around with, or helped setup, run much warmer than I'd be comfortable with (of all of my components, only one actually runs warm to the touch, and by modern standards its probably not even on the register). I'm of the philosophy that if you treat the AVR like a computer, and set it up somewhere that it can ventilate properly, you shouldn't have problems. It should not, however, run hot enough to prepare food.
All of the models you've found will probably work fine, my personal taste is Yamaha, but the Onkyos will probably do fine (And from what I know of Onkyo models, the 270 is a higher end component than the 609).
Ensure that whatever you get, you can return within a given window if you're unhappy, but I doubt any of the models you've listed would give you too much trouble. I'd suggest ensuring whatever you get has pre-outs, multi-ch input, and whatever decoders you want. The A800 should do this (the A700 does), the 270 probably does this as well, I don't know much about the 609.