I just received my Onkyo 3009 about 2 weeks ago as a replacement from Onkyo for my 3007 (no out of pocket money). The hdmi board stopped working so they replaced it. Though it took 4 months for them to remedy the problem, it was worth the wait. I could not be more happy. This receiver is a beast. I had bought the 3007 about a year and half ago to replace my aging Denon 5803 (which I love for the great sound). I was a bit disappointed after setting up the 3007 as it was a bit on the bright side for my taste (took a while for me to get used to this) as the Denon has such a warm neutral sound. While the 3007 was being repaired (Onkyo just replaced it with the 3009) I used the Denon. Though it was older and did not have hdmi nor audyssey to set it up (great power and sound), I was reminded why I loved it. However, when the 3009 arrived 2 weeks ago, I set it up and was blown away by the sound it produced and the video processing. It made my plasma look even better from satellite viewing to Apple TV to blu ray. After setting it up with the new audyssey setup, the sound was fabulous. It had a warm neutral sound that the 3007 was not producing (I have Phoenix Gold SSi-623 rear and surrounds, Supernova MKV-10 sub and B&W 604 s3 left and right and B&W 600 center). The new audyssey setup helped balance my sound stage much better than the 3007 and with a lot less tweaking over time that I had to do with the Denon. The 1st test I gave the 3009 was the opening beach scene of the blu rey Saving Private Ryan. The Denon brought me to the the beach, the 3007 was like being on the beach but from a slight distance, with the 3009, I felt like I was there on the beach. The sound was so natural and enveloping. It also enhanced the video quality of the disk. It does run hot, but not as hot as the 3007 (which might have lead to the hdmi board break down), so there is a wait and see on the that. I would highly recommend the 3009.