Thought I would add my 1st impressions and they are first impressions as I havent had time to properly test the thing out yet... On the amp itself... - Speaker bindings wont accept banana plugs (but this was no big deal to me). - Looks stunning on the bottom shelf of my rack. The actual design of the amp I really like - controls feel solid and are positioned well. - Display is a bit cluttered however because of the display colour (orange) you dont really notice it - I prefer the display colour to my old Marantz SR5400 as its less intrusive. - Sensible locations on rear panel for inputs and well labelled. - Seems fairly light in weight. Using it .... - S-Video to component upsampling worked well. Note that the OSD doesnt appear to work when you are using a component input BUT you can still get the menu up, it just wont overlay over your dvd etc. - Yet to try compostite to component upsampling. - Auto setup worked well and was easy to use. There are no parameters that are incorrect and the distances etc to speakers are reasonably accurate. - Has a useful "straight" mode to bypass the processing modes and tone controls. - Has a pure direct mode to bypass everything - even turns off the display and illuminates a bright blue LED which Im not sure on yet! This switches the amp to stereo mode however. On the sound / image .... - Compared to my SR5400 on DD/DTS the amp sounds ever so slightly more vauge when playing some of my reference material and lacks some of the perceived punch on of the SR5400 - it doenst quite seem to "attack" you in the same way (sorry to use laymans terms but best to describe it as I found it). - Sound is clear and defined, centre channel remains clear and amp appears to steer other channels well. - Although I said earlier that it appeared to lack some punch the level of bass is spot on. Watching Minority Report where they use those pulse rifle thingy's in the car plant the bass was excellent, clear and not over the top - and I dont have a sub on my system. - On the image, not much to say, no real difference in quality running my component DVD via the amp. - OSD is excellent, clear and easy to read with just right amount of information. - Love the upsampling as I dont have an all-in-one remote so I can just leave the plasma on component input and amp switches the signals - one less remote control to use. Other ... - Just to add I like the remote control. Solid, backlit display and easy to use. Much much much better than the remote I had on the old SR5400. In general (with the caveat I havent used it much) so far I am impressed with this amp. I need to take some time to listen to it properly (which would have been this weekend if my bath hadnt leaked through my kitchen ). I think the amp is good value for money with no real problem areas but I'll know more when I listen to it more.