My TX-NR807 started breaking down with the ubiquitious audio drop-outs/no network fault. So I sent it to the official repair center for repair covered under extended warranty. But they presumably botched the repair and I got a paperweight back from them (audio completely dead after the repair). After sending the 807 back to them as DoA, they claim they can't fix it, and they keep finding reasons why it's not their fault. I wrote about it in the 807 thread.
So, I'm looking for a new receiver now
I can't have the TX-RZ800, its design is just #@°#@ ugly! So... I was looking into an almost new TX-NR838, with more than a year of warranty left on it. But: I figured the ridiculous HDMI issues were about under control by now?! Browsing this thread, it appears not? Ouch! This, plus the extremely abysmal experience I had with Onkyo's official service center completely bricking my 807...
I thought about avoiding Onkyo/Pioneer altogether. I've looked at Denon, Harman/Kardon, Sony, Pioneer.... Pioneer and Onkyo seem to have the exact same issues with their HDMI stuff, so probably not a Pioneer. But, with the exception of H/Ks, I do not find any of the designs appealing in any way. Yuck! The other thing is, I have 4 ohm front speakers to drive and a lot of modern amps seem to have trouble with loads <6 ohms (out of spec). H/K receivers (and others) do not even specify speaker impedance anymore. I guess they call this "progress", these days.
In fact, I feel quite stupid for even thinking about it... but I'd love the 838's design. Worth a $700 gamble? What do you people think?
PS: Isn't it a shame that buying Onkyo products has apparently become such a gamble?! Back in the day, Onkyo used to be a well respected and certainly trustworthy manufacturer!