My Marantz SR5400 will on rare random occasions have audio dropouts: about a half-second of silence in the middle of a DVD or CD. The most it's ever happened was twice within one DVD I was watching---nothing hugely annoying, but still makes me wonder. I've heard some people say that digital dropouts are almost a given, others argue that it's a sign of a defective receiver. What do you all think? Of course the other thing my Marantz does that's annoying is that the remote often switches back into "Tuner" mode by itself so I have to hit "Amp" mode first in order to use the other functions such as changing DSP modes, etc. Not sure if this is by design or what. Other than that I'm very happy with its sound performance, so am not looking to return it if I don't have to.