I bought this receiver a couple weeks ago. I thought that Joerods thread would be the official, but this is cool. I'm glad more and more people are starting to own this AVR. So far I've been mightily impressed by it. My old receiver was an 805 and it sounded phenomenal and definitely wasn't lacking any power, however it didn't have any of the newer tech such as Dynamic Eq/Dynamic Volume and I wanted to be able to hook up my ipod digitally in order to bypass its internal DAC. Plus I really wanted to try XT32.
While the 805 sounded phenomenal, the 3009 takes it to another level. The low end probably benefited the most, there is definitely more slam and bass response was smoother. The one other big difference is the surrounds seem more active. The is a greater sense of ambiance and you actually feel transported into the scene.
Music also sounds better. I'm glad that Onkyo has finally graced our AVRs with the ability to select the Music curve for Audyssey, music to me seems warmer and with added depth.
One of the reasons that I upgraded as well was due to the video processing the 3009 has on board. The 805 only had Faroudja DCDI processing and that tech has really passed it's prime and it offered no scaling of HDMI sources. At first I was encountering some intermittent video stuttering watching HD cable, especially prevalent watching sports, in my case UEFA Champions league football. I noticed changing my video mode to direct eliminated the stutter, but that meant no scaling which pissed me off as the video processing was one of the reasons I got this thing. I was able to find out that the problem was that the Cinemotion (reverse 3:2 pulldown) on my Sony display was on auto and by defeating it it eliminated the stuttering.
Apart from the stuttering the only other quirk I have found is that DTS sources when asking for a straight decode, meaning no post processing (Pllx or Neo-X) in my 7.1 system will only output to 7.1 even though the DTS source is < 7.1. I've tried several DTS discs that are 5.1 and everyone of them outputted to 7.1, a perfect disc is Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the disc includes both a DTS-MA and TrueHD tracks that are 5.1. Switching back and forth between the two tracks the Dolby would be outputted to 5.1 and the DTS 7.1. This isn't really a big deal as I usually apply either Pllx or Neo-X to 5.1 sources so I utilize all my speakers but I found it strange. After speaking to Onkyo about it apparently it's a DTS thing where if it detects that you have a 7.1 system it will automatically output the best possible speaker layout.
Picture of my new receiver
link to my HT galleryhttp://www.blu-ray.com/community/gal...ember=nismo604