Talk about a modern feature set. Whether or not firmware will upgrade HDMI 1.3 or not on your existing system, choosing a system with an HDMI 1.4 repeater for all inputs is a good idea and this unit certainly has the skill to do so. Let's jump right into the pros and cons of the unit because it certainly isn't perfect. As a long-time user of Pioneer/Sony ES/Denon receivers, I think Denon's done a fair number of things pretty well.
- HDMI on-screen Audyssey eq and assignment functions. This helps a lot because the small screen on the unit won't suffice. Using the same technology as the Alpine imprint system (which works great in the car), you can tune to your environment. Not unique, but well done all the same
- HDMI repeater for all inputs. This is a pro and con, read more to find out why.
- HDMI 1.4 for future 3D capability. Plan for that future 3D screen (Especially good if you already own a PS3)
- Denon reputation and audio quality compared to similar priced Pioneer/Sony units
- Price, very reasonable for the feature set
- Power rated at 6 ohms, which, as you might expect means that it doesn't have quite the juice of its rivals (70w/channel at 8ohm). I definitely notice the lack of power with many inputs more than my previous Sony unit
- HDMI repeater is not particularly good with component inputs. Using the component inputs on the Wii, direct connection to the TV is vastly superior visually to the HDMI conversion the Denon performs
- Relatively steep learning curve. You will find a little frustration with some of the advanced functions as the manual is a bit tedious. This is par for the course though, so nothing specific to Denon.