I've had the receiver up and running since Wednesday, speaker and HDMI hookup was fine (I do not miss the days before I had banana plugs and HDMI: a mass of RCA/S-VHS/etc. cables), and I've deferred the networking for later.
I listened to some MP3s from a thumb drive and then updated the firmware, which took a little over 10 minutes. The menu system is fine, this is the first receiver I've had that could overlay the menu on top of HDMI. I did a single position YPAO speaker calibration, everything sounded good -- I will do more critical listening and calibration later, I just wanted to get the basics covered.
One thing I missed from the Denon was the one power receptacle that I've used to run power to the PS3, sub woofer, etc. -- so that they don't consume phantom power when the receiver is off. I have remedied this with a smart power strip and things work fine.
With a few more adjustments, I was done with initial set up:
- resetting the initial volume when powering on the receiver -- I found that in the manual
- turning off the short message
- dimming the display fully
- changed the background image (I wish I could upload something)
- updated my Harmony Remote, then redid the activities to select the correct input.
...my family has barely noticed the difference, which is a mark of success.
I've ordered some more HDMI cables and will get to networking next, but I'm happy with the Yamaha so far!
This scratched my itch to hook up more devices via HDMI and USB (I hated swapping HDMI cables because I didn't have enough inputs), access digital music without turning on the TV, use our cameras with the front ports, and achieve 3D and a subset of 4K. I feel no rush to do 3D since my display isn't capable and I'll probably wait for passive 3D. I realize HDMI 2.0 isn't out and I have no idea when/if a 4K display will be feasible for us, especially when OLED and Plasma are more likely to fit the bill when/if my rear-projection TV falters.
How is everyone else liking it?