I've always been a loyal Denon fan. I've had a Denon AVR in my very simple system for almost 20 years. My first Denon was a 3802 that I bought back in 2000/2001. That unit remained in my system for 16 years. Around year 14, the unit would no longer power up using the front power switch, but could be switched on using the remote, no big deal. When we moved, I made a substantial upgrade and purchased a new X4200W. The new receiver was leaps and bounds better than my 3802 ever was. One month later...dead. HDMI board fried. Amazon sent me a new receiver, sealed in box, DOA. HDMI board, dead. On to unit 3. Amazon wouldn't send me a third unit so I purchased one from Crutchfield, factory sealed, new. The new unit lasted almost 4 years. POP!!! smoke!! Something fried, now the unit won't even power on. Like one of the posters above, it's getting power but by the time the soft start relay clicks on, it powers down immediately and the red power light flashes rapidly. I hear this is not good. This was a relatively expensive receiver. I'm seriously considering a brand change but my Denon is extremely integrated into my system and controlled through IP, including all feedback. I would hate to have to learn a new protocol all over again. Has Denon slipped in reliability? Are there other brands that statistically have better reliability? I can't keep doing this.