"Nearly perfect"4.5 starson by mattutter
Pros: Power, sound, build-quality and connections
Cons: HDMI/HDCP issues with Scientific Atlanta 8300HD
Summary: I researched this receiver for a while before purchasing and it's everything CNET said it would be and more. Setup can be a bit challenging unless you have some basic knowledge. Denon support was very helpful whenever I have called them. Sound quality in my 5.1 application was noticeably better after setting up the Audyssey MultEQxt Room EQ. (That process took about 45 minutes with the included microphone but made a huge difference in sound quality, speaker level, crossover, etc.)
Like most people, I am working through HDMI/HDCP issues with my local cable company and am currently unable to use the HDMI upconversion from cable box to receiver.