When you say "different league", would you say that the Onkyo 906 is better then the 3310ci?
Yes, I was hoping that was fairly obvious from my post!
I know it's not an "apples to apples" situation, but right now they are around the same price.
only if you compare discount pricing on the 906 to msrp pricing on the 3310CI. For the $1600-1700 range you should be comparing to 4310CI or 4308CI, like I said. I don't follow the deals but I have to imagine street price on a 990/3310 Denon is more like $1200-ish.
Is the HQV Reon better then the Anchor Bay processor that the new Denon's have?
it might be better but it's definitely at least as good. HQV Reon is the top of the line and the Onkyo implementation is well reviewed, read this (among others):http://hometheatermag.com/receivers/...at/index4.html
The 3310CI does offer a couple of new features (more HDMI inputs, Dynamic Volume) but the 906 should be better in almost every way, especially in terms of the monster amp section (54lbs with torroidal transformer!) and MultEQ XT. Again, a fairer comparison is the 4308/4310 Denon model.
Now, all that being said...... the question for you is do you need a $2000 msrp receiver as opposed to a $1200-1500 msrp receiver? That's a side issue. It can simultaneously be true that the NR906 or the 4310CI is better than the 3310CI, but the 3310CI will still be the right receiver for YOU.