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This seals the deal for me. Was waiting for crutchfield to get the 609 back in but I've always been leary of Onkyo. Way back in '98 I had a defective receiver where the bass management would not send all of the bass to the main speakers. I didn't have a subwoofer but did have awesome towers that went down to a true 40Hz with a 10" woofer. So it went back I bought a Yamaha RX-V793.
I think I look into the Pioneer VSX-1121 or a Elite VSX-52 (same receiver basically) as none of the other so called Home theater receivers have enough analog inputs and digital audio input for the money. Onkyo was the best but not worth the gamble. Unfortunately Crutchfield doesn't sell Pioneer anymore and the new VSX-1122 is just as bad as others with deleted analog inputs and digital audio inputs.
I likely just stick to my current Denon AVR-3803 since the amp sections in newer receivers anymore suck with 4 ohm output and all channels driven. They also aren't fully functional AV receivers with such limited inputs. I think it's a scam to have to go buy additional a/v switchers just to make these digital video receivers work with most equipment, CD Recorders, DVD-Recorders, Turntables, Tape decks, analog out MP3 players, digital cameras and camcorders. These new receivers aren't A/V receivers anymore, just digital switching receivers that are incompatible with most true a/v sources.
Sorry Onkyo turned out to be a bad apple.