So another follow up. This afternoon I hooked everything up completely. All connections. All the HDMI connections seem to work fine, however the video composite connections on this AVR-1700 simply don't work. I hooked our WII up and figured I'd run it through the AVR-1700 and while I get sound, I get no video on either Composite 1 or 2. When I connect this to the composite connection on the TV itself, no problem at all.
So again, another problem with the AVR-1700 which makes me wonder about the build quality of these things. 3 different units and 3 different problems.
I'm exasperated at this point and since I really don't need the composite connection (I'll use the one on the TV itself) I'm going to stick with this unit because frankly I'm beaten down and don't want to go through this again. I'm going to hope and pray that something else on this unit doesn't die in 3 months, but that's a chance I'm willing to take.