Hoping to get a little feedback on the AVR-4306 ... I brought home a Yamaha RX-V2700 on Friday and have been disappointed by several things about it and have pretty much decided to return it and get something else, from what I've seen the Denon looks like it might be a better fit for me anyway.
The one issue with the Yamaha that just kind of drove me over the edge was that after all the talk about HDMI upconversion, and it's capability to take any input and convert it to a single HDMI out (a feature a GREATLY desire BTW) ... The unit can't display it's OWN On Screen Display overlays when you're running any video source higher than 480i reolution. From what I've read in the Denon's manual, it seems that the 4306 will in fact do this, but I just want to see if anyone can verify that when playing a TRUE HiDef source (I'm running 1080i) that the receiver's onscreen info displays on top of the image (volume bar, selected input, selected DSP, speaker settings etc...)
I know it seems silly, and seems like a minor issue, but due to the way I have my components set up I can't see the stereo face from the viewing position, and it was driving us up a wall without the onscreen feedback.
I will also need the ability to assign separate video and audio input to a single input device ... Due to an issue with my Satellite Receiver (Dish Vip 622) I have to run video through HDMI and audio through optical. For whatever reason the Vip 622 won't pass 5.1 audio through it's HDMI port.
My entire reason for doing this upgrade is to streamline and simplify ... Putting all of my video sources through a single HDMI cable to the monitor is important. So, any comments on how well the Denon does this would be appreciated. The video inputs I'm currently running are HDMI from Satellite, Component from DVD(progressive), Component from Xbox360 and a single S-video from an older game system (that will likely be gone before long anyway).
And I'm going to assume that any modern AV Receiver in this price range is going to be able to support at minimum a 5.1 ch speaker setup and be able to control, equalize and precisely balance each speaker (including the subwoofer) for optimal sound ... I notice this system comes with a microphone attachment for setting up the speakers (similar to what yamaha has) does this work as advertised?
OK, that's enough ... thanks in advance for any comments and answers .... I'm going to continue to dig back through this thread and the 4306 manual.