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The 710 has made way more people happy then unhappy. If your speakers have extreme phase variance across the bandwidth that can cause shut downs. Otherwise the 710 is fine. Personally I don't think the price difference is worth the 710 over the 510....20 watts per channel and an expensive donut aren't worth $500 imho. Plus, the issues tend to be more prevalent on the 710. The toroid and output is the only difference between the 510 and 710, in both the output devices are rated at 130 watts...so they are being asked to reach closer to their limits on the 710. Mean anything? Who knows...but I like the fact the 510 asks less of the Sankens then the 710. I have a friend who runs all Vandersteens with the 710...as he does so upon my recommendation I'll be in deep sh-t if he has problems, but so far so good. The Vandy's typically run between 4 and 8 ohms. My understanding is that they are fairly phase consistent across the bandwidth. I know the Klipsch reference 7's have a large phase swing...and hence have caused the Anthem problems. Mr. Guy is right, get a dealer that has a solid return policy...and make them aware of the potential issue up front...that you may need return because the Anthem and speakers might not play nice. As far as other problems are concerned, I have had zilch since the latest software upgrade, and have been really pleased with my 510. I do not use the amp section currently, though I have in the past with no hiccups, running all Vandersteens.
In memory of Buddy, the world's best pup, who passed peacefully June 28th/2014. He is sorely missed.