Personally I like Denon and Onkyo. Don't know why but maybe I'm just familiar with them. I loved my Onkyo 707 for the 21/2 years, it worked with no problems. Sorry that it died. I also like the Yamaha 373. For $199.00 its given no trouble and the sound is great. However I have a 7.1 all B & W speaker system and the 373, I feel, doesn't do it justice.
However, I live in Canada where Receivers are very expensive. A 2313CI demo yesterday, at Best Buy Canada, was priced at $999.99 and that was an "Open Item" with no box, scattered accessories etc. They wouldn't budge on the price.
I'm considering purchasing on Amazon, or any other Store in the US, and shipping to a PO Box in Washington State (I'm 20 minutes from the Border). But its going to cost me 5% Washington sales tax plus, at a minimum, 12% sales tax at the Canada-US Border. I'm not sure about import duties. It seems to depend on the mood of the Customs Officer.
BTW, my friend, did not say all Denons had a HDMI out problem only, to his knowledge, the 1913. But that's because most average people have that model.