Well, my friend got a hold of 7200 number 3 last night, and 3 strikes, Marantz is out. Unfortunately, this one pops (even louder) as well. It pops loudly during DVD layer changes, and when switching from source to source after about 30-40 minutes of listening. The dropout issue, of course, is still there. No problems with noise (I've never heard any problems with noise) and so S-video problems. Jeff, I'm glad that 74 out of 75 receivers have not been returned to you (I still maintain that that number is in no way representative of actual defective/faulty untis you have sold.), it would seem that your store has lucked out. However, as far as I'm concerned, the 7200 has a 100% failure rate on the popping and dropout issue. My buddy won't ever buy a Marantz product again. This is a shame, (I don't really blame him) but I think I would give Marantz another try down the road a ways. I haven't had any problems with the last generation. Yes, I realize that this chatter about defects is giving the x200 line a bad rap. When we told the sales reps in our local store about the problems people have been having with the x200 line, they asked, "Where did you hear that?" When we tell then about the posts on online forums such as HTF, we got eye rolls, and hand waves, "Oh, you can't believe everything people say online, etc, etc." Well, we convinced them to let us test every x200 receiver in the house, and the dropout issue (which admittedly, is not a defect, as you can see in Patrick Senez's link) but it is a design flaw. The x200's took 3-4 times longer than the Sony ES, Pioneer Elites, and the last generation (7000, 8000, 9000) to identify and begin to decode an AC-3 signal. Their argument that "A lot of receivers exhibit the same dropout problem" didn't hold up--none of the recievers in the shop (be it other manufacturers or last year's Marantz) exhibited the same dropout severity.