Originally Posted by rlubocki
Gentlemen, great pointers!! Real life scenarios is the way to find out what is what. Some manufacturers brag about theirs being better, so features is my deciding factors. I am yet to find out what will Faroujda DCDi do for me. On my poll Denon is leading so far, keep them coming!!
Any video processing on receivers in this price range and even somewhat higher will not be anything special. Infact, many TV's will process video better than the cheap Faroujda chips.
Unless you're buying an AVR with a Reon or high end Anchor Bay chip I wouldn't worry about it. Buy receivers for audio and buy TV's for video. As long as your AVR will upconvert non-HDMI sources up to HDMI then you're good to go...and they basically all do.
In other words, you'll never be bragging about how good your video processing is with any receiver under $700. They aren't going to perform a miracle and make your Standard Def channels look good, or any better than your TV likely will.
The Denon's are not a good 'rookie' receiver. They are typically harder to set up and understand. Manuals seem to be written in Klingon or some other language nobody can understand. Remotes have been somewhat poor in the past compared to other brands. If you have patience and a bit of tech saavy then go for the Denon, if not then perhaps a different brand would be better.
In the end, all of these receivers are going to perform almost identically. Since almost ALL of your sound quality is going to depend on your speakers and your room...what receiver you have is the least of your worries. Personally I would just suggest you get the one that has the best discount right now. Denon, Onkyo...Yamaha...whatever, you can be happy with either one or hate either one. Some people prefer Audyssey and some don't. I've used Audyssey and even MultEQ XT and ended up turning it off because I manually adjusted everything, including EQ'ing my subwoofer. Each to their own...just don't worry too much about making a 'bad' decision. These are all pretty much 'cookie cutter' receivers.