Well, I just ordered a 616 yesterday. It looks like exactly what I wanted. I have not even received it yet, but I am afraid I am starting to regret ordering it already. I spent the best part of a day reading about all the problems with HDMI and such but assumed that it is likely to be solved by all the firmware updates, there are enough of them!
What really bothers me at this point is that, after reading the almost illegible PDF file that comes with the most current firmware update (400), I see a notice which reads as follows:
"Notice: Limitation of when using UWF-1
1. Only 64k and less sampling rate is supported.
2. Dolby True HD and DSD is not supported.
3. Using rear USB port is not supported."
Two of those three points really tick me off. If you look through the list of available stations on vTuner (http://vtuner.com/setupapp/guide/asp/BrowseStations/startpage.asp
) you will see that at least half of them are over 64k. I looked at that list and was overjoyed that there were so many, many stations. But now I find that more than half can not be accessed?!? How could they possibly design a unit specifically to access internet radio and then restrict it to 64k?
And I had specifically planned on using that rear port for the WiFi adapter! I have seen photos from folks who did use the rear port for a WiFi adapter. I have read of people doing just that. They did not report any problem with it. Perhaps they had not yet installed the latest firmware level. Does anyone have 400 installed and still use the rear USB port for WiFi successfully? The front port should be kept available for portable devices!
And does this thing settle down after the 400 level update? Mine has not been shipped yet. I might be able to stop it.