(Sorry for all the posts in a row but I am catching up on few days worth.)
After using the 705 for a few days it is great!
Finally ran Audessey and it improved the sound quite a bit. Although the dialog still seemed muted. On my old AVR I had cracked up the center channel cause I hate having to strain to hear the voices over the background. So when I watched Sahara HD-DVD on the 705 I had to keep increasing the volume during dialog (friends were over for the movie) Later I manually set the center at -1 dB and then it was good and clear. Audessey had set the center to -5 dB and the fronts to -2 dB.
I love the joystick in the middle- very easy to navigate when doing set up. Won't really need it cause I programmed my Harmony 659 to run the whole theater including X10 controls for the lights. I only saw a backlight on the "receiver" button but haven't played around to see if I can get all the buttons backlit.
NONE. But there is what I call a mechanical CLICK inside the 705 when changing inputs or On/Off. It is rather loud, at least much louder than my old AVR. It is a little annoying. I assume it is normal.
There is no popping coming out of the speakers if that is the popping people are talking about. It is silent in the speakers when changing inputs or DVD menus.
HEAT: No hotter than my old AVR. They need to give off heat so they don't burn up.
I have one issue with analog component upconvert to HDMI from my Polaroid DVD recorder to my Sanyo Z3 720p projector. I tried 480i/480p to 480p and 480i/480p to 720p but the Z3 wouldn't accept either one. I will just have to use components direct to the Z3. My other two sources use HDMI to HDMI for audio and video through the 705 without a problem.
WOW. Letters from Iwo Jima sounds awesome such as when the planes fly over and drop bombs, machine guns everywhere...
Sahara- dialog was low till I increased the center channel.
The features and price for this unit are great. Learning curve.. there is a lot you can do and a lot to figure out. We can figure it out together.