Excited about there finally being new HK receivers out. I currently have an AVR 247.
The things that interest me the most are:
1) Ability to matrix 5.1 LPCM sent over HDMI to 7.1
2) Ability to pass-through HDMI video untouched
This "Dolby volume" thing seems intriguing too. Is that something that automatically reigns-in overly-loud commercials? If so, I'm sold... that pisses me off SO much!
Now, before... HK had told me that their lowest-end model that offered A above was the 254. I was almost ready to upgrade, except for all the other issues that model had (and its inability to passthrough HDMI video, which mine can actually if I set it to 1080i/p). So I waited. Which is the lowest-model in the above line-up that can do this? I was reading the other posts and it almost sounded like the 7550 but that'd make no sense since that's the top-of-the-line model while before the 254 (which could) was 2nd-cheapest from the bottom.
I used to be able to matrix out 5.1 to 7.1 with DVDs on my 247 but since going Blu-Ray and using LPCM I lost that ability.