Both of these machines have been recommended in the past, at one time or another. I am in the market for a receiver that will put in the basement for a second location to view movies. These two receivers are within $40 of each other and both look like a good deal. The Kenwood is a refurbished unit and tha Yamaha is new. I don't really have any reservations about a refirbished unit. The Kenwwod is a 7.1 system with THX certification and the Yamaha is a 6.1 system. I really don't have any plans to run this reciever with any more than a 5.1 setup. So I guess the question is this, for overall ease of use, sound quality, connectivity and remote control use which one of these would you buy for your second system to be used by the kids (10 and up) and other family members? Thanks.