Summary: I find it hard to read some reviews that compare this HK to a SONY or (arrghh) RCA receiver and find them in the same ballpark. With the high current capability and wide bandwidth response, this receiver SOARS above your BEST BUY receivers. Even with mid-priced speakers, the sound this amp reproduces is definitely high end. 55 watts/channel fills my theater room through 2 JBL L-100 Century's, AR center and surrounds and a modest (100w/12") KLH sub.
Summary: I bought this item off of review and recommendations, and couldnt be happier. it has many more inputs and outputs than i could ever use, an easy to read display, and relatively simple controls. the onyl drawbacks, in my opinion, are the main remote control, which is more cluttered than my dorm room. second, for 699 they should bump the power up from 55x5 to at least 100x5.