all i can say is that i have the RX-A1020 and love it. ive owned three receivers in almost 40 years, first one i messed up by touching the speaker wires never had it fixed right. second one i still have RX-V620, and it works perfect, but i wanted one with HDMI, first thing i noticed was that it up-scaled my direct tv to 1080p, had to actually turn the color down some. ssecond i can control it with my iphone, and so many more features. so i figured if the first one lasted many years until i messed it up, the second is still working perfect, well then why not stick with what works, at least for me. i wish i could of afforded the 1030 or even the 2030. just my 2 cents.