Earlier this morning I stopped by Fry's Electronics and found the unit on display. My first impression about its superficial feature is sleek, modern, and stylish. The faceplate is a single sheet of aluminum, with a volume knob, and a small facade hiding the buttons. In terms of its outward appearance, it did not look like a $400 unit, its aesthetics beat every single model on display there, imo. Uncluttered and the single glass covering the led display is very nice and big and clear.
I played around with the menu and system and it did offer the standard adjustment options. Bass crossover is set from 60 to 100, in 20hz increments. To my surprise there's no video scaling on this receiver, which might be good or bad depending on your needs. But most blu-ray players can upscale dvd these days so it shouldn't be an issue. In terms of weight, it was very light, i had to pick it up and see whether or not it was flimsy. Light, but rigid enough was my take on it. Did not run hot at all.
Overall, it has a very minimalist appeal to it, i didn't really get a chance to go in depth with all the features on it, but at that price point this receiver looks to be a major force in the market. I'm now eagerly awaiting the actual reviews from people who brought it home. XD.