Summary: I initially purchased a Yamaha RX-V675 because it got really great reviews. It turns out that I wasn't happy with the sound so I went searching for that better sound. I ended up with the Marantz SR7008 and couldn't be happier. The sound clarity is awesome. Stereo sound for music is awesome.
Summary: Marantz has my vote for sound quality and I absolutely love the sound this receiver. I had purchased a Pioneer Elite and wasn't happy with it. The features were not intuitive, interface was clumsy and the sound wasn't anything to write home about.
Summary: Replaced this with Onkyo 807 rec. so far this has been by far the best for sound from all the receivers, simple hook-up. DVD comes with receiver walks you thru. Even receiver walk you thru all setup. Very elegant case
Summary: I've owned a Denon 33xx for 6 years and tried buying a Pioneer SC-77 to replace it a few weeks ago. The Pioneer had good sound but a terrible UX and its video HDMI output was broken at 1080p. Rather than replace it, I read about the Denon 4250ci and this Marantz SR7008 and decided to switch.