Followup- Last weekend My Onkyo TX-NR609 -Blew HDMI,Analog,Network port as in Dead I purchased 4/2011 - So I purchased a Sony 1040 and set it up and it has a LOT more Punch than the 609 I can Fell the Base In my chair (could not )with the onkyo no matter what the setting. 609 had the same features like Zone 2 un powered & not pssing Ditigal singals However the Onkyo GUI was way Better using the "net" feature more active and in color - That for now is the only down side and Not seein the vol display - (no Bigge) for me I can still hear or I wouldn't have bought a A/V Receiver.
I called Onkyo and they are Repairing my 609 for No Charge even though it's out of it's 2 yr warranty so I'm happy about that and can Upgrade my Zone 2 area so I won't be saving any money.
This is my First Sony A/V Amp all My TV's Have always been and are Sony's - Still have them and they all work (just won't Die)
For the Price this is the best Receiver with all options you can get right now. Go for it if your on the fence.