I'm going to make a few quick comments here, despite not having received my new hardware yet. When I was reviewing my options, I was seriously pulled in a few directions. I considered Anthem, the Marantz 8801 processor and an amp - possible Parasound - the Denon 4520, and a Pioneer Elite SC-68.
The Cambridge and Pioneer stood out as the two that offer an asynchronous DAC capable of USB communication with a computer. The Cambridge, as we all know, doesn't support 48 different internet music services, airplay, or even an internet connection. That last feature is supported by their disc player, so I bundled that with my order. The internet music services are something I will use through my computer connection if I want them, and Apple TV is all of $99, offering full airplay support for my MacBook Pro and iPad. I *may* choose to add their StreamMagic6 device later, for even better network / internet music support.
I am keenly interested in two channel playback and I'm *hoping* the 751R will mate well with my MartinLogan speakers and satisfy this itch. If it doesn't... I'm sure it will sound better than my current 2004-era Denon AVR.
I decided against the Denon having read it doesn't have much in the way of soundstage depth. The Pioneer model I mentioned seems to be discontinued, despite the relatively recent review I found of it. The Marantz combo might have been the best, but at double the price - and with me doing major renovations on a house - I decided to be responsible with my budget. Anthem's products are, I'm sure, quite capable. But I decided to pull the trigger on the 751R based on my discussion with my local vendor (who unfortunately didn't have one in stock to audition), the recent Home Theater review, and the general care and attention to detail suggested by their studio voicing of the sound.
I'm eagerly awaiting its arrival!
Edited by msimanyi - 6/26/13 at 5:28pm