Summary: The unit I received was damaged way more than I expected. Scratches and blemishes I could have dealt with. However the front face plate was partially off and dented, the whole unit would not sit level, and the USB port did not work. So it got returned, and amazon was great about it. I'm sure it is a decent receiver, but I didn't get the chance to use it much. The GUI looks fairly outdated.
decent receiver, nothing that blows my mind.. it does what it's supposed to.
hybrid fan98 "hybrid fan98", Amazon
21 March 2014
Summary: got it on sale over the holidays, have it with a basic speaker setup and waiting to add better.. i like that it has two sub inputs so already have two subwoofers on order. would have maybe liked the next higher version of this for a bit more power, but that one wasn't on sale at the time and is not a huge difference anyway, i think only ten more watts per channel.
Summary: UPDATE, Jan 26 (about two weeks with replacement): Okay, the first receiver was indeed faulty. The new one is indeed reliable. On the other hand, I've gotta say - many of the problems I pointed out in my initial review still apply: the remote is still bipolar (and consequently the Harmony is also wonky), the apps are still baffling and poorly designed, and the warranty experience I've had makes me unhappy.