Summary: Looking for a secondary HDMI receiver that has both good value and sound can be hard. I tested comparable Denon, Harman Kardon, Onkyo and Yamaha receivers and settled with the Marantz. I found the Marantz to be warmer sounding and superior in music modes. The other companies did offer more bells and whistles but lacked the quality design of the amplifier stages. I would recommend this to a buyer that prefers sound quality over the newest and best processing.