Originally Posted by afrogt
The Onkyo has Dual HDMI outputs, Wireless and Bluetooth but no longer uses Audyssey in favor of its own calibration system.
You have to decide if any of those features are more important to you than Audyssey Mult EQ XT, the 3 year warranty and better reliability on the Denon.
Thank you, that really helps a lot. I don't care about any of those features... bluetooth is a nice to have. My only requirements are:
Decent power/channel (I had 130W/channel on my old Onkyo)
Wired ethernet for firmware updates and streaming
4k support is nice to have, in case I decide to upgrade my projector some day...
So my only concern with the Denon is that I am taking a big step down in wattage.
I just noticed Crutchfield has an Onkyo TX-NR818 scratch/dent for $594 shipped. It does have Audyssey and more power than the Denon (135/channel @ 8 ohms), but just not sure that's worth $200 more, plus the unpredictable reliability is now a concern.
On a side note and off topic, the repair shop told me that the HDMI board on my old Onkyo costs $300, and they wanted another $150 labor. I am fairly handy with repairing stuff, but never tried anything like this. Anyone every tried DIY and have any tips/thoughts?