My Onkyo 805 is fine (w\/fan and fingers crossed)\n\nOne more vote for a successful Onkyo experience. I had read in numerous reviews and forums here that the Onkyo 805 ran particularly hot. I don't give it a ton of breathing room but I did install a 120mm computer fan on top of it within weeks of acquiring it. It's been a workhorse for me with no grief and a few house moves under it's belt. It's also pretty obvious that it really needs that fan and I sincerely believe that should have been part of it's design.\r\n\r\nThat said, I still have a Yamaha RV-X 992 that only has dolby digital and 80 watts per channel but they seem to be real watts. That thing is a tank. I abuse it (a\/v wise) and it keeps coming back for more. If Yamaha ever went with Audessey, I would be most pleased.\r\n\r\nMy stereo HK is also very nice and I love it's simplicity. My purchasing paradigm nowadays would be something like this, $300-600 I would pick Onkyo, above $600, I would start seriously looking at separates. Probably an Emotiva amp and some A\/V receiver as the pre-amp (maybe a low wattage yamaha with desired features).\r\n\r\nOne receiver brand I have to stay away from is Sony. Their low end receivers have poor circuit protection so a speaker wiring mistake fries them immediately. I can't recommend them to budget conscious people because of that.