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Having just purchased the 717, I thought I would chime in. I have owned MANY receivers through the years, mostly Pioneer and Marantz, but when the Onkyo 705 came out I did buy it at a great price for all the "bells and whistles." The HDMI board went out about two weeks after the warranty expired and Onkyo would NOT repair it for free. Perhaps that was the beginning of the HDMI board debacle? At any rate, I decided I wouldn't buy another Onkyo based on their Customer Service. I replaced the 705 with an entry level Pioneer (919AH) that had rave reviews and it performed quite well until we bought our new house (a year ago) and I built a dedicated room for my Home Theater. At last I was able to play my Blu-rays at near reference levels...or so I thought! The Pioneer kept going into protection mode (i.e. shutting down) during any loud scenes with extreme (high or low) frequencies (example: the "pod emergence scene" in War of the Worlds) at volumes louder than -17. I thought it might have been a bad connection in one of my speakers, but it was indeed the receiver.
I had a choice to make...with the Pioneer being out of warranty I finally decided to either go with a high end Pioneer Elite or TRY ANOTHER ONKYO. So, here I am, crossing my fingers and hoping I'll have success this time around. I will say this, I absolutely love the sound of the Onkyo; the Pioneer was good, but it lacked the fullness of sound I get from the 717. And the reviews on Amazon were quite good, so I took comfort from them.
Speaking of Amazon, I purchased the 717 from them and methinks they are NOT an authorized dealer. Am I right? If not, can one still purchase an extended warranty somewhere or will Onkyo refuse to honor it since I purchased the unit from Amazon?
Pioneer Kuro Elite PRO-151FD....Pioneer Elite BDP-05....Onkyo TX-NR717
Cambridge Soundworks MC305 Fronts & Center...Cambridge Soundworks Ambiance Surrounds....SVS PC12-NSD