I had a Yamaha 5.1 receiver for a couple years, and decided to upgrade. I thought the Yamaha was rather "bright", and from reading, it seems other people thought so too.
So I looked at Marantz, the 5.1 seemed cheap, but I wanted 7.1 since a lot of new material is in 7.1
Something I did not quite understand, there is nearly a $150 difference in MSRP between the two, which seem rather high for just two more channels of amplification and a ethernet port.
Anyway, I could not afford the 7.1, until I found a place selling them factory refurbished for $369.99, I checked out the site 1st, and they had good reviews. So I purchased it.
Anticipation builds, as it will be here Wednesday. Once it's here I will update the thread with pictures and some 1st looks.