Here is the bad news:
6 Inputs / 2 Outputs:Two HDMI outputs are equipped for assuming to use with multiple display installation.
(* Both outputs are not active simultaneously.)
First it’s not a matrix switcher and secondly only one output is active at a time. You cannot even compare the picture quality between two displays simultaneously.
This reminds me of the very limited capability of the Onyko 9.8 pre-amp. They claimed two HDMI outputs, but then finally admitted it has a manual switch to select which of the two output connectors you want to send the input to.
$350 for an extra connector vs. $40 for a Monoprice switcher. No deal for me. This is another example of HDMI being too limiting and always troublesome. If Marantz/Denon cannot make HDMI work then who can?
I do see your point, but you get what you pay for. I have the Marantz as I have 5 HD sources connected to it and it goes out to 2 displays that will never be on at the same time. It has an aluminum face plate and is a very well made. Works like a charm. I wanted something that would look good and match my other equipment in my rack. Got the Marantz on sale for $199.00.
Just my 2 cents.
One last thing to add now that I have it fully intergrated in my system is the Harmony 720 remote can control it. It works so perfectly with the Harmony which will switch all the inputs the way I have it set up. I have a 75 ft HDMI run to my Panny projector and I have no problems whatsoever.