Greetings all, I found this lovely forum when researching for a new receiver. I am very glad I did! I have done searches here and can not answer my questions. Could you please help? I currently own a Denon AVR-881 receiver and am looking to upgrade with either a Denon or Marantz. I always have been a Denon guy from the beginning and do not have any real experience with other manufactures. I am leaning toward the Marantz line and just want to justify their higher costs. I am a firm believer in listen before you buy. But with the lack of high-end dealers in my area it makes listening and comparing brands difficult to impossible. So my decision will be based greatly on the feedback I receive from you folks. Since both Denon and Marantz are owned by the same company, are their AVR's truly different? Is Marantz just fancy badging for Denon's innards? What differences besides power is different up the Marantz line? This unit will be used in the following: Room size: 17'x11'x7' (small finished basement) 95% HT/5% music (have second music only system) DTS ES/DD EX 6.1 needed 24+ bit/192kHz DAC's nice but not manditory Will be using Axiom M22-ti's for fronts with other Axioms Component switching is not important (I hook up all video lines direct to TV) Remote contol not important (use Pronto remote) Used or older unit fine with above features Maximum price: $500 I appreciate all your comments. Thanks for your help!