"Sound that will make you the envy of your friends"4.5 starson by SeanPatrick76
Pros: Unparalleled sound quality
Easy to use and effective Audyssey speaker configuration
Highly customizable audio options - right down to individual speaker crossover frequencies
Great looking GUI
Simple and effective remote control
Cons: No built in Wi-fi or Blutooth, but assuming you don't need to use your smartphone to operate the receiver all the time, not a big deal.
Summary: Initially I bought the Sony STR-DN1030 on CNET's suggestion, but was left a little underwhelmed with the sound. Not that it was BAD, but it didn't really beat my old Denon 5.1 system, and I realized that after messing around with blutooth and wifi for a bit, 99 percent of the time I'd NEVER use them. So I went with my gut and exchanged it for the Denon 1913. What a difference, again the Sony didn't have BAD sound, it's just that the 1913 sounds SO GOOD it blows everything else away. My living room has NEVER sounded so good, with rich lows and crisp high's for movies, games, and music ( By the way, the networking is superb for the Denon, and the GUI feels current and easy to use ) -
If you need the extra Gizmo's fine, go with the Sony or the Onkyo with a cheep dongle, but if what you really want is performance for your media - BUY THIS RECEIVER!