Summary: Here it is in 2011 and the process to configure this unit (Marantz NR1601 Audio Video Receiver) is something out of the 80's. I know I can't expect an iPad on the screen, but the on-screen setup is painful. You get options, but no explanation of what the options mean (i.e.
Summary: Bought this open box and I absolutely love it. The sound is fantastic and has a much smaller height than the typical receiver. Major surround settings and supports a ton of different setup options. Setup was easy and drive my canton small home theater speakers with ease.
Summary: Love the receiver. I just have a 5.1 surround system, but the sound is great. Pop in a dvd, and it is a movie experience. Can't beat the price. Recommend for a simple receiver with great sound(worth the price)
Summary: Great sound, small form factor. Of course, the sound will depend on your speakers. I have small Cambridge Soundworks Ensemble 2 which come with a subwoofer and a center B&W and two small bookshelf B&W speakers. The only downside to this receiver is the manual that comes with it.
Summary: So finally this thing was released earlier this month. And by the gods, it does exactly what I had hoped it would do -- allow me to pair an optical input with an HDMI source. I can now run one of my computers seamlessly to my 62" DLP with full SPDIF audio! All thanks to this little guy.