Originally Posted by wirelessbitz
So before I pull the trigger after my research, I though i'd check and see if anyone has anything that I overlooked. Another AVR (Onkyo 805?) or just stick with the Denon...
As you know, you are asking people who like (for the most part) the HK, so what do you think we will say?
There are people who just like the sound signature of specific companies, be that Denon, Pioneer Elite, Onkyo, Yamah, whatever... I think you hit the nail on the head on the good parts of the 745:
5.1 PCM over HDMI
EZ/EQ II setup
Better sound / more ooomph
Price! HK Flagship....
I would add:
(2) independently EQed sub outputs - big plus to me, and the thing that tipped me over the edge into the 745 vs all other options.
Misc cool features: direct IR input - no sticky IR flasher stuck to front face, triggers, etc...
The downsides are:
1080i only (does not appear to be an issue for you now, and even in the future it will not be an issue if you get a different display that has a good de-interlacer in it).
Only two HDMI inputs (biggest potential downside to me is this one - you can get around it with a switcher, but more cost and complication)
Bugs - it has them - it is not 100% bullet proof or perfect, however that is true of every piece of equipment I own - all of them have at least one bug that is annoying me.
I have owned Denon, Pioneer Elite, Lexicon, and HK equipment. The high end Lexicons are the clear winner to me in all areas, but the cost is huge. The Denon was bullet proof, but left me wanting in sound quality. The Elite was OK - not bad at all, but again something was missing.
A lot of this is just personal preference. I think on any receiver the number one thing I would be looking at is -> good room correction/EQ. My room is fully treated, and EQ on vs EQ off is shocking for lack of a better term. Not even close what the EQ does for the sound, could not live without it.