After searching for an AVR to replace my SR7008, I took advantage of the NR1608 sale to hold me over until I decided on a suitable replacement. I think I have found it in the 1608! Much to my surprise, This AVR has plenty of power to drive my system 5.1 paradigms. The sound is on par with other Marantz receivers that I have owned. My room is 12 X 16. I have become accustomed to Multi-XT32 for several years, but I have not yet run room correction on the new one, so I do not know what to expect with Multi XT. In between, I did try the Denon X3400, but it did not have the same sound. This AVR seems closer to my 7008. Do not discount the 50 watt rating. They are true watts, and not exaggerated. I am really impressed. My 2 cents.
Marantz SR6012, UBP-X800, Integra CD3, Polk Audio
LSIm703 Fronts, Reference Center, Rears, Def Tech Super Cube
Set 2. HK AVR635, Paradigm Mini Monitor v7