Hi (from first-time poster) - I'm in the process of upgrading my stereo system to home theater. Over the last month I have hauled home A/V receivers from Yamaha, Denon and HK (can't recall the exact model numbers, but they were all at my price point of $500-$600). I even tried the Outlaw 1050. They all sounded fine to me for movies... but none of them sounded nearly as good for music as my nine year old HK stereo receiver. So they went back to the dealers. I was about ready to give up, but a Marantz retailer wanted me to try the SR6200. As soon as I got it connected and fired it up, I knew this was the receiver for me. The sound isn't perfect... for example, the Yamaha had more punch and the HK produced fuller bass... but this is the only A/V receiver I could find within my budget where I can just enjoy music without constantly thinking about the sound quality. The Marantz "Source Direct" feature makes a nice improvement for music reproduction, but even without it, this receiver sounds better to me than the others. Since I just found this forum a couple nights ago (and it's great!), I wasn't aware of the possible defects with the current Marantz receivers. So I spent some time last evening checking out my unit. The only problems I noted are the background hiss at high volume settings (not an issue for me since I hardly ever listen that loud) and the muting of the first fraction of a second of audio from DVD's. But all the receivers I tried did this to varying degrees, so I figure it's due mostly to my cheap Apex DVD player. Doesn't really bother me much anyway. And hey... I actually like the SR6200's remote! It's not very ergonomic or whatever, but there are plenty of buttons to operate everything on all my components and it learned their codes with no problems.