Originally Posted by atdamico
That was my point. If you go looking for gripes on Marantz you will most certainly find them. Just as you would with the other brands as well. Its just the nature of the beast. Especially when it comes to HDMI. If the Marantz has the features you want, you like it, and can afford it, don't look for gripes, buy it.
Believe me, I understand what you're saying. Which brings it back to my point - there is no clear 'winner' in this (any) category/price range. So a quick and easy way to differentiate between them is to figure out where they're lacking. If the norm is 4 HDMI inputs and XXX has 2, that's notable. If they normally run +20 deg C and one runs +35 deg C, that's notable. OSD, frequent PITA updates, known incompatibilities with components, etc.
Bottom line - any 'dealbreakers'... no biggie though - from what I've read here/elsewhere, there really aren't any that I've found.
I appreciate the comments atdamico.