My Paradigms - 3 yrs old (5.1), Panny - 4 yrs. I recently consigned my Denon 1804 to a secondary viewing area. I got (as overkill) a 4806 when just superceded - $3500 list to $1999. Even had a Harmony - 3 yrs that, my fault, left exposed to dog not quite out of puppydom mischief - chewed when bored. However, even with 2 callbacks from dealer (& 2 of his techs) never could get nearly all functions integrated into the Harmony. Someday I'll climb back into a good universal remote - probably Harmony.
Anyway, truth is you're probably more tech savvy than I am. Denon manuals aren't as user friendly as they might be, but basically are just dry & boring. But they do lay everything out by slow & careful reading. The Audyssey sort of runs itself, just follow the prompts.
Some folks are very into running connectors as absolutely straight as possible. Seeing the quality of the mid & upper Denons, I went through the receiver,relying on its' circuitry being top notch. Take your pick.
Interesting to me, my great room (25 x 40 x 12), almost totally symetrical, was quite sound adjustment neutral. The Audyssey microphone setup only adjusted the powerful sub to -15 dB, others zero.
My dealer is a retired electircal engineer (GE) & poo-poos exotic cables, etc. He carries Monster Cable only because customers expect to see it. Though I had always before used just 18 gauge zip cord for speakers without special requirements, the dealer brought basic, still 18 gauge, but spiral wound labeled as speaker cable. If needing HDMI cable, Sam's Club $23 Philips brand functions just fine. Nothing premium needed unless you have a very long run.
Matter of fact, I'm an old music guy myself - glorious 2 channel stereo in my listening room. Some time allowing study of the manual should get you through it just fine. The rear connections of the 4806 seem daunting, but really just allow for nearly any possible combination needed. You'll figure quite well the posts, etc. you will address. Enjoy. It'll be a while before I upgrade the EDTV which seemed so adequate a few years ago. It's the bucks, you know. Anyway, the now big screen is so much nicer than years ago.
I did it all bassackwards, but now it's done. All but the setup.
First I got a whole suite of Paradigms--the Mini Monitors up front, CC370 in the center, and Titans in the rear. Also got a very nice Velo SPL 800 sub. Panny 37" plasam for visuals. That was back in May of this year.
BUT....I left some of the old stuff standing. Like my AVR 1804. After spending all that $$ on the above, I didn't have any left for a new AVR, and actually now I'm glad because I just picked up the new AVR 3806 for under a grand, and upgraded to the Studio 20 v.3s up front for a mere $200 more. This is going to sound pretty impressive once it's all up and running.
Now, I am fairly fluent in AVR setup since I've done it a few times, but just thought I'd ping the board to see if anyone out there has done the setup, what problems you've encountered, and how you dealt with them. Better to know beforehand rather than have to come back 10X and ask when things don't go right.
I plan to run HDMI from the AVR "out" to the TV, then HDMI from my DirectV HD DVR to the AVR "in". Then I run component video from my DVD player (0ld school, I know, but I'm not a movie freak--more into music) to the AVR--(or should they go to the TV?) and use digital optical from the CD and DVD players through my AVR. The only thing left would be plugging in the speakers and the sub.
FYI--I have a Harmony 880 universal remote, so I just need to get the Audyssey set up done and set the settings for each component (DVD--DTS surround or ProLogic II, Music--5/6 channel stereo, etc.), right?
Thanks to all.