Hey Gang, Well trying to keep things aesthetically pleasing, and items that will fit with a new stand I am getting, I opted for the new DVD/Receiver integrated unit from Sony. The S50ES. However my concerns were that these items should not be integrated, but I have come to trust the ES brand from Sony over the years. They don't put it on garbage. However I am mating it to some new B&W 600 series speakers..not the high-end 600's the entry level 601 s3's and 602.5 s3's with an LCR 60. And I really want to take advantage of them. I basically do a 50/50 split on movies/music. MP3 playback is important to me. So that is the basic area where I am at. I have read some great reviews on the Marantz 7300, it's got everything I could conceivably want. The looks of the piece are okay, but I seem to have little choice in the looks area. And regarding DVD...I considered the Panasonic rp91, but it's a year old. The Denon is rated better for music, and has the DCDi chipset and it is newer. I think the receiver can be found for $699, and the Denon for around $400. So $1099 total. The Sony AVD-S50ES can be had for $629 ($799 MSRP). So is this an "um duh?!" kind of question? Is there just ZERO comparison between these two setups? Is the Marantz/Denon combo VASTLY superior to the Sony integrated setup? Thanks in advance in helping me decide. And one other question...if I buy the Marantz...is it best to pay more and get from an AUTHORIZED' dealer? Anyone have good experiences with a Marantz dealer online? Thanks again.