Well, BAX is definitely the way to go when shipping this unit. The 3rd receiver arrived in one piece, and several days quicker than any other ground service.
It was very late by the time I got everything setup and running, so I was a bit cranky, but to my great dissapointment I found that the SC-09 breaks my golden rule of audio gear (for serious audio gear, that is). It has a fan. Unfurtunately, the old cliches of blackest backgrounds cannot apply when one can hear the constant grinding and whirring of a fan. What a shame.
Very, very unfortunately for me, my A/V rack is within 4' of the main listening position in my theater, and the receiver is at ear level. I may try putting the receiver on the bottom shelf to see if that helps.
Otherwise, I'd venture a guess that at a minimum of 6' the whir of the fan would be nearly inaudible, and at 8' I'm sure that it would be silent. Anyone interested in this unit, and meeting those criteria feel free to PM me with an offer in the event that I can't make this work. There is no need to pay anywhere near $7K for this piece.
Aside from the fan, which is a problem because of my
specific setup, this piece is absolutely killer!