Since purchasing my Denon AVR-2805 unit, I have upgraded just about every other component around it and they all have HDMI out.
My Denon has no HDMI capability. I just use it to switch from input to input to input....blah blah blah...
I have an external 5-CH amp (Rotel RMB-1075) so I don't need an amplifier section in my switcher. It took me a while to figure out why my Denon kept blowing it's DAC's and I realized I was trying to drive 8 ohm speakers with a 4 ohm rated AVR.
I just need good switching, HDMI in (4 minimum) HDMI out (1 minimum), good audio and video processing, and it would be nice to have a tuner, wireless networking capability and internet radio.
For those of you out there that enjoy music, videos, streaming, etc... and have what you consider is a good HT/Audio system, what is your input on the AVR vs. A/V processor question?
FYI, here is my equipment list:
Denon AVR-2805 (going away soon)
Pioneer BDP-51FD BluRay player
Panamax 5300 EX power center
Rotel RMB-1075 5-CH amplifier
Vienna Acoustics Bach Grand towers
Vienna Acoustics Maestro Grand center
Vienna Acoustics Waltz Grand rear surround
Elemental Designs A5-350 powered subwoofer
Sonus ZonePlayer 90 + ZoneBridge
Samsung HL61A750 1080i 61” monitor
Motorola QIP6200-2 HD/FIOS set top box