the nr616 is tempting but the documented issues turn me off.
I have been thinking about the same receiver. I want something that will do two zones. There is not really anything that comes close feature wise in this price range. I read through the NR616 owners thread and at first it scared me but it actually seems the main problems peole were having iwere the HDMI issues. That has been fixed in October with a firmware update. If you take that out of the equation it seems to be about as reliable as most other AV recievers. Does anyone think my reasoning is sound?
At that price range right now the only good options are onkyo 616 and pioneer 1122. You are scared of thoe 616 issues. But I dont think all onkyos comes with issues. I have a 515 and works flawlessly. Pioneer 1122 on amazon $359 is at excellent price and is another awesome receiver under its range.