I too am interested in slim receivers and have looked at Pioneer, Yamaha and Marantz. I am primarily a 2-channel guy but want to keep my 5.1 options open. Only thing in the specs that concerns me -- (1) pretty high THD 0.08%, I am used to 0.05% or better (2) Marantz does not state the brand of DAC in its receivers. Yamaha RX-S600 uses Burr-Brown 192/24. Does anyone know what's the Marantz DAC?
So far I like Marantz the best (USB, HDMI/MHL inputs on the front panel, warmer sound) although I am worried about long-term reliability, as some Amazon reviewers mentioned issue with 'freezing' or 'lockup'.
The relatively low 50wpc in the Marantz should be ok if you have high-efficiency speakers. My current amp is a 50-watt two-channel Onkyo A-5VL and can easily drive my Boston bookshelves playing "Also Sprach Zarathustra" to house-shaking volumes.
Source: Thinkpad running iTunes/JRMC upsampling to 24/192
DAC/SACD: Oppo 105D
Head-amp: Pathos Aurium
AVR: Yamaha Aventage RX-A3010
Headphone: AKG K812 Pro, K553, Sennheiser HD600
Last edited by Wolfy701; 09-21-2014 at 05:24 PM.