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Every AVR under $600 is most-likely 100% Chinese and IS going to have issues with quality. A refurbished unit might be a decent choice in this price range since any defects would have been fixed. You'll get it at a steep discount and an extended warranty might set you back another $50 or so for an additional five years of coverage. Take a look at Accessories4less.
An Onkyo TX-NR709 will set you back $500 with 5-year warranty, 809 is $100 more and 818 is $200 more. Anything above the 709 will have amplifier pre-out which would allow you to add external amps if you find you need more power. The amp section and video conversion is generally better than similarly-priced Denon gear. I think the Onkyo HDMI issues were caused by excessive heat. They DO run " hotter " than the Denon AVR's since they have bigger power supplies. Most Onkyo owners are buying $20 cooling fans to help with that. I like Denon gear but they are cutting A LOT of corners in their low and mid end AVR's.
Denon AVR X7200WA, Emotiva XPR-5, Emotiva XPA-7, Sony XBR 75" 850C, Oppo UDP-203, Roku Ultra.
DefTech BP7000SC (L/R), CLR3000 (C), SM55 (FH), UIW BPZ/A (SB), UIW 75 (TM).
JBL L7 (Sur), EoSone RSR 350 (RH).
PC 2.1 setup. Emotiva Stealth 6, SVS SB16-Ultra sub, Emotiva DC-1 DAC.