Honesty check. I HATE CNET but I'll try to be fair about their cons here.
Originally Posted by CNET The bad:
Analog video upconversion is poor; no true graphical user interface; no 7.1 analog inputs; no S-Video inputs; big and boxy design; Dolby Pro Logic IIz doesn't have much audible effect.
I don't have this unit yet but it's my front runner for new AVR to replace my older Onkyo AVR. I'll have to see what other people say about the upconversion. Frankly I run mostly HD material so upconversion in the AVR isn't as important to me anymore.
Graphical User Interface- meh. It's an AVR not a computer. I simply want accurate adjustments and I don't want to have to fiddle with a GUI.
7.1 Analog outputs. I guess I should care since my HD DVD has 8 outputs but I don't. HDMI for the win in this home.
S-video...irrelevant to my needs and big and boxy is what I want if it delivers the features I want (plenty HDMI inputs and sound)
It's looking like the 607 is going to be tough to beat at under $500