First, they aren't giving it to me by any means. Second, I liked the piece enough to want to add it to my system and inquired about a price. Third, I bought my Integra the exact same way. It's really no different that auditioning a piece from your dealer on a trial basis and then deciding that you would like to buy. For example, the Integra has a flaw with its video processing by switching the color space and I mentioned this (as well as Kris Deering) when I reviewed it a few years ago, yet I still bought it. My integrity means more to me than giving a positive review just to get a discount. I call a spade a spade when it comes to reviewing products and/or movies. Every movie reviewer gets "free"copies of the movies that they review, yet you still read a lot of negative reviews about particular movies, do you not?
When you compare the features the Integra/Onkyo has versus the Marantz 8801, you'll see that there are a lot of similarities between the two. The biggest difference is the price. While the Marantz sounds slightly better overall than the Integra, I'm not sure it's worth nearly twice the retail price. Then again, in the A/V world the law of diminishing returns is always an issue, is it not?