Well I have a Onkyo home theater system now before purchasing I new nothing of hdmi . But since I have learned that,well hdmi isn't really the most reliable. And that's too bad since its the only way to get full 1080p & HD sound . I am not gonna lie I am a BIG Onkyo fan that's why i have bought my second onkyo . But hearing and reading the countless horror stories of the hdmi boards failing & to onkyo's credit its not JUST there brand that has issues ... I am scared when i do purchase my hdtv that i might run into these problems . So my question to you worst case scenario mine does .Is there any avr out there that DOESN'T have any hdmi problems and hdmi just works no problems whatsoever ! I will admit if there is one I would prob just switch to that even though i would not like really anything else about it .