Background: After doing ** LOTS OF RESEARCH ** on Denon receivers, I finally decided on this model, to replace my 20 year-old Denon AVR-3200 receiver, for these reasons:
* It was the TOP RECOMMENDED UNIT from a number of on-line A/V review sites
* The "electrical specifications" were close-enough to my old receiver
* The PRICE WAS RIGHT (on "Clearance" sale)
* It was IN STOCK (i.e., LAST ONE on the shelf) at the store where I purchased it
Essentially, I wanted a modern A/V receiver as a "central switch" for HDMI-equipped components (DirecTV HD DVR, Samsung 4K Blu-Ray, PS4) and I wanted Just One Cable to feed a 55" Sony Bravia 4K screen. My old Denon didn't have HDMI capability (I bought it when "S-Video" Was King!), but it had Dolby Digital bitstream inputs, which used the Sony TV as the Audio Source.
Nitty Gritty: The amp power rating of my old Denon was 85 WPC, into 8 ohms. The AVRS730H is rated for 75 WPC, which is a mere -0.5 dB LESS in per-channel power. For my needs, this is inconsequential! The 6 ea. 4K-capable HDMI inputs (5 rear, 1 front) are More Than Enough for my needs, as are the two "Rear Surround" outputs that, if I ever want to, can use for a "remote" listening area.
Installation: This unit is, in my estimation, 25% physically SMALLER and definitely LIGHTER than the old Denon receiver. The speaker and HDMI inputs are VERY WELL IDENTIFIED, so If I need to "change" or add wiring, it won't be difficult to do. I was VERY THANKFUL for the supplied CABLE LABEL SHEET (all labels "color-coded" to match the intended connections!) and I applied them to those cables that didn't already have readable labels. After connecting all my cables per the "Quick Setup Guide", I proceeded to the actual Setup steps.
Setup: I applied power to the receiver and, after a few seconds for the receiver and Sony to "link up, etc.", I was greeted with the "Welcome, let's do the automatic setup!" screens. NOTE: to all those who complained about the "look" of the Menus - GET OVER IT! so what if the graphics "look 80's", THEY WERE VERY LEGIBLE, "no nonsense" in the presentation, and CLEAR IN THEIR INSTRUCTIONAL CONTENT!
The Automated Setup took less than FIFTEEN (15) MINUTES to perform (even with stepping through the "here's where you connect the wires" sections - I could've skipped them, but I wanted to see what they were about).
The Very Thorough Audyssey "calibration" system discovered the following "errors" in my installation:
* The CENTER speaker was MISWIRED (reversed "phase")
* My powered subwoofer WAS NOT POWERED (an oversight on my part!)
After making the necessary corrections, the setup finished and informed my "You're Ready To Go!".
Operation: it's been a long time since I got "goose bumps" from the output of a receiver! the audio from ALL channels is CRYSTAL CLEAR and "spaciously full"! My subwoofer has never sounded so good (even on the old Denon) and the "audio corrections" from the Audyssey setup has my speakers reproducing things that I Never Knew Were There. Like the "Summary" statement, WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO UPGRADE?
Summary: Other than not having S-video or Component video inputs/outputs or Line Level "Preamp Output" RCA jacks, this receiver has everything I realistically need to enjoy my A/V material. The lack of these items DOES NOT rate a "demerit" - they're just "wishful nits" based on what I've been used to. I'm looking forward to investigating the HEOS functionality as well as eventually "tapping into" Internet audio/video via the receiver's Network Connectivity capability. Until then, I'm Gonna Have Fun enjoying the "new stuff" I'll hear thanks to the many Digital Bitstream Decoders this receiver can handle.