I'm fairly happy with the 606, although it looks fugly it does everything I want and I'm quite happy with its sonic qualities.
The reason it needs to be replaced is it is slowly dying. It is failing to 'see' its inputs. I have to wait ages for it to "warm up" and permit current to pass through the inputs. Some days it simply can't 'see' the Blu-ray input at all. Googling around I see this is a common problem and needs the whole HDMI board replaced - at vast expense. Needless to say the effing thing is only just out of warranty
Given that history I'm not so keen on another Onkyo.
We hardly ever watch movies, even less so action movies, and have no need for wall-shaking explosions and special effects. What I do like is playing the FreeSat tuner through the Receiver and hearing a decent sound quality, especially on the HD channels. My front speakers are Spendor S5es and the rears are KEF eggs. I don't bother with the KEF sub anymore as I find the Spendors give enough bass for my tastes. I have no interest in 7.1, 7.2 nor pointless 9.1. Neither have I any interest in 3D.
I look at what is for sale in AVRs and am completely bamboozled. Should I just spent two hundred squids on a basic one like http://superfi.co.uk/p-3546-pioneer-...-receiver.aspx or up the budget and get something better? Do you really hear an improvement if you drop £800?
Any suggestions welcome.