due to the problems the SR605 is having, I am growing fed up with it. I don't want to be without a receiver for a minimum of 3 days, with the possibility of up to much longer periods, just to get my receiver repaired. If its brand new, I shouldn't have these problems. I already returned one unit, that had the popping issues (but only through HDMI), but the second unit was actually far worse, with the popping sound occurring on any audio, regardless of input source.
so, I am looking to maybe just get something comparable? I was looking toward the Yamaha V661, especially since most Yamaha units have excellent sound quality. However, it lacks key features that I really desire.
here are the things I want in a receiver:
-audio input over HDMI
conversion of inputs to HDMI output (up-conversion not necessarily required, just the ability to force all sources out through a single connection to the tv)
-ability to bi-amp front towers
-around 90w/channel, more if possible for the price range
-doesn't necessarily need HDMI 1.3, as the PS3 is goofy with outputting audio codecs, unless its PCM. I've been sticking to PCM basically, so I'd like that. Hopefully the PS3 just gets DTS-MA decoding capability soon.
not sure of anything else. the ability to auto-setup is a nice feature the Onkyo has, and I would like to keep having the ability to use that feature in any other receiver.