Well, I got my 1007 back from the shop last week
and it is back in it's home as of yesterday. The Denon is on it's way back to Electronics Expo, who by the way, are excellent to work with. My first issue with the Denon was after setting it up, tweaking it, and then trying again, I just couldn't get it to a point where I was satisfied with the sound. The strange thing is, my center became very obvious. With the 1007, the front stage and the surrounds for that matter, where(are) very well blended. You truly become immersed with the 1007 but with the Denon, every speaker became an individual instead of operating as one unit. The only thing I was happy with was in 2 channel listening. The kicker was, my wife could tell the difference and in fact stated that she missed the sound of the 1007! I couldn't disagree, it just seemed lacking in comparison to the fullness of the 1007. The other issue with the Denon was that it wouldn't output to my Epson 8100 projector. I even tried an extender as well as an HDMI amplifier from Monoprice to no avail. That was the nail in the coffin since we use the projector almost daily.
So, yesterday I set up the Onkyo and got a grin immediately as I fired it up. The immense soundstage was back, the bass was perfect and the wife was happy once again
I guess we are an Onkyo couple. I am glad that I tried the Denon but I can't say that I was impressed. The airplay and app was great, 2 channel listening was very nice, but beyond that, the Onkyo smokes it on BD's and just general Dolby 5.1 television and all around performance. There really was no comparison in my system. We listen to a lot of Bluray concerts and the sound on the Denon was difficult, much harsher than I ever expected since most comments when it comes to Denon is that it is much "warmer" in respect to Onkyo. My other disappointment was with Audyssey XT32 vs XT. I didn't find it better, in fact, with my subs, it seemed to really neuter them. I tried raising the trim levels, re-ran Audyssey, but they were still lacking. After running XT yesterday with the Onkyo, they came back to life in a big way
So long story short, I am hoping the new HDMI board on my 1007 lasts for some time, but when it dies, I guess I will be looking at Onkyo again, or maybe Integra since I would assume it will have much the same response. I'm very happy right now with the sound but now the question is, do I add a separate amp??