I really like the sound of my Onkyo 809, it was a little bit better than Pio Elite vsx60 that I tried, but they are not in the same category. But I can't recommend a Onkyo hardware due the HDMI failures..., mine last only 2 years and There's nothing I can do to repair it. (They don't sell new HDMI boards like Denon, only authorized service can order it and the price is the same of a brand new receiver).
For my research, iif you want a receiver for the next 3+ years, t's time for a Yamaha or Pioneer. The Only thing that put pioneer behind is that are a lot of comments about "brand new" defective units. (There are a lot o returns/ replace here)