Have had one for a month. No problems so far. The controls are not as intuitive as I would have liked and would have been nice to be able to assign different lables to the various inputs on the display rather than video 1, 2, and 3.
Tried out the DTS for the first time last night with Gladiator. Wife said to turn it down... Sounded great....
Much better than my old Sony 625..
I'd recommend downloadign the manual from the Onkyo USA site just to see if it has all the bells and whistles you want and works the way you like. I have no regrets.
It is a good receiver, but it is lacking in features. I had the 494 for a while and had to have more features. It just didn't cut it. I opted for a Yamaha because it added way more features, sounds just as good, has more inputs,has a better remot, and has more power. The yamaha HTR 5540 and the Yamaha RX-v430 are both the same price as the onkyo. You should check them out. They have more power, features, and just as many inputs. The remote is way better too. Also it has 6.1 matrix decoding. Later