Pros: Power, connections
Cons: HD Audio Light and on screen UI
My path to where I'm out now was a long but fun one. About 8 years ago I was In the search of a HTiB. I knew deep down that it wouldn't be the best or most desired setup. I went looking around town for the best deal I could find and ended up at a store by the name of Stereo Sound (later tweeter). I went in there fairly blind and in need of help. I was promptly shown a Pioneer Elite VSX-33tx open box. I really like what I heard and saw from the avr. I bought that and purchased a 5.1 jbl setup and I thought I was in hog heaven. After about 5 years and many upgrades later I figured it was time to treat my ears and upgrade to take advantage of the new audio and hdmi formats. I went though and started with my speakers since I wasn't really sure which brand to go with avr wise. I bought all klispch reference speakers and really liked the road I was on. It was now time to look at an hdmi avr. I was torn between an Onkyo and a Denon. My budget was a small but important factor in which one I chose. I ended up with my current avr, a Denon AVR-1909. I proceeded to set it up with all new speaker wire and hdmi connections from my OPPO BDP-83 and dvr. I went through Denons audyssey sound setup and tweaked it a bit for my liking. I have self calibrated my Samsung LN52A650 with a Spears and Munsil bluray. I am running it in a 5.1 setup and I competely love the way I have everything dialed in. Compared to my old Elite, I think the Denon sounds every bit as good and I feel it has more power on reserve. I would do it all over if I had to. If I had one con about this avr it would have to be the "hd audio" emblem/led on the front. If I bitstream audio form my OPPO it lights up like the sun. I have learned to let the OPPO decode and send over PCM resolves the issue. Thanks for reading. Love the podcast on twit by the way.