Originally Posted by ack_bk
I really would like to know this as well. I need an HDMI receiver and have this one on pre-order. I appreciate everyone's concern regarding the upscaling, but this is a receiver after all
I replaced an Integra 7.1 with the 605 and it sounds terrific through my MagnaPlanars. I have a 200w powered sub-woofer, the front Magnapans, a center Paradigm and my rears are homebrew, tuned with a spectrum analyzer...big towers with dual 8" woofers, 3 way custom cross-over, etc.
At this point, I've listened to the opera Barber of Seville, which was on PBS HD the other day and it was exquisite...very good spatial effects as the singers moved about the stage. (And this was DD 2.0 then processed by the 605 to PLII-Movie). Clear, full, clean audio, not excessively bright.
Have also watched a series of HD movies...and of all things, Boston Legal. The audio in Boston Legal was amazing.
The only thing I don't like so far is it runs way too warm for my tastes. I put a laptop cooling fan on top (to pull hot air out the top of the 605) and now it runs nice and cool.
So far I am very pleased. I use a DirecTV HD-DVR (HR20) and an Oppo 971 upconverting DVD player on the two HDMI inputs. My TV is 720p HL-R5667W 56".
I bought it locally at a Stereo store in Ames, IA, where I had purchased two prior Onkyos. I ordered it about two weeks before the end of the month and got a call on May 31, saying come get it.