So after some time with the new receiver, I still feel more time is needed for final judgement but here are my thoughts:
-Great price for what it does!
-4 hdmi's was the reason I got it
-picture quality improvements- colors are deeper and cleaner. Compressed digital signals by cable company really sucks and this seems to improve the overall picture quality.
-on screen display over hdmi
-easy set up
-power output seems to be on par with my old yamaha rxv 2400. after some time, the sound field opened up.
-no pre outs- really wished they included it
-non detachable power plug
-not very musical
-headroom maybe a concern running speakers that are not efficient
For their next product, I would like to see them include pre outs, ethernet port for software updates, more power, and a better looking design. All in all, there is very little to complain for a product that does so much for under $500. I'm happy that I got this unit, but a little voice is telling me that maybe I shouldve waited to see when they are releasing the 706 and 806 models? People like us are never satisfy!