Has anyone noticed the slip in quality for the lower end market recently, even for the respected brands such as Denon and Yamaha? Front panels are cheap, sound is harsh, and malfunctions are not uncommon. I used to be a Yamaha loyalist, but then during the late '90s they seemed to cheap out. I know of TWO dealers in the Toronto area that no longer carry Yamaha because they have gone "down market" (their words). Seems like NAD and Marantz are the safest bet if you're spending less than $600 US.