I carried the avr 525 home with me today, still have not made my mind up if I want it or the oink thx unit so they are holding it until tomorrow evening. I am going to take the h.k. and put it through the paces tomorrow to see how I like it, initial fist impressions when put up against the denon are a wider sound stage and much cleaner mids and highs. The bottom end is not as strong as the denon but is more refined, clean and tight. The denon did sometimes come across as being a tad bit muddy on occasion.
Hooked up the optical connection from the phillips dvd with a rat shack optical cable that I got on sale for 9.98, was 29.98 and not a bad price at all. I also picked up a coax for the same price to do a shoot out with to see which I prefer. I will post a further review after I have had a chance to do a good burn in, and that depends on if I keep it or move up to the thx onkyo model.
I read somwhere that these tend to run hot and that they have issues with shutdown, anybody else have any info about this issue? I am also runnig the adcom 545 on the front mains and would tend to think that this would help with that issue if it is one.I was also not aware that this unit had an auto cal. mode until I was reading about it in the manual that I downloaded from h.k., pretty cool feature eh?