There are definitely a number of co's that do HDMI better, especially the Japs. Luckily the SQ (even before the "amazing" ARC ) and the largely livable flaws make up for it.
But like most AVR's, especially the more boutique brands, Anthems are not perfect.
It's important to be able to hear/read BOTH sides of a product to make an informed decision. Not everything can be pure rosy perfection. Althought, you'll usually find one or two nearly everywhere.