So finally got it all hooked up, and configured. My case was pretty simple. I had an old H/K AVR 35 (Which I loved), and am using this as my first stepping stone to HD. Plan on adding TV and BD sometime this year.
Well first off it blows my AVR 35 out of the water. It was a pretty decent receiver back in the day, but i never realized how much I was missing.
MCACC worked like a charm (I was used to having to set levels and delays manually) My only problem with it was that after MCACC, I felt that it was a little light on the bass notes. Since all of my speakers are large, It was trying to put all of the LFE for analog sources through the fronts. And while they are more than capable of handling most of it, the really low stuff <~80HZ, just didn't have much life. However, when I set my Sub from 'Yes' to 'Plus', it made a world of difference. The richness and liveliness from the low end that was missing was back and then some.
Otherwise I have only positive things to say. Connection was a piece of cake (although I haven't hooked up zone 2 yet), and so far everything works well. The 'Neural' mode for music is fantastic. I listened to several different types of music, and with each piece, I felt as if i was sitting with the band. The surround felt natural, not artificial or forced, and the audio imaging was superb. While certain features of the music were centered in one speaker or another, they blended across speakers smoothly. There was no jarring disconnect as my attention shifted around the sound stage.
So far so good. The only thing that i found kind of annoying is that digital sources aren't output to the analog out on the DVR/BDR output. I tried recording from an iPod and got nothing, but the analog signal from my Tivo worked just fine.
As far as the remote goes, its the first AVR remote that is actually useful. It had codes for most of my components, and was able to learn for the others. Plus I was able to mix and match. For example the Tivo code mostly worked, but there were a couple of buttons that weren't where i wanted them. I was able to learn over them, and put them where i wanted.
Can't speak too much to the video processing, as this was kind of the keystone that needed to get upgraded before anything else, but so far i am more than impressed with this device, and think it was well worth the money. So far it is everything I was looking for out of a mid level receiver!