I'd go with the acurus. The Marantz does offer nice flexiblity but the acurus is a better, more reliable performer.
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You may also consider the MA6100 marantz amplifiers. They are pretty nice and sound slightly better (cleaner) than the MA700. I bought two of these and have had them for a year in my two channel set up. I upgraded my amp to an Odyssey Stratos and now I really think that the MA6100 are good and even great for the money ($330 ea. new). They do not beat the Stratos though. They really shine when plugged to individual electrical outlets.