not a answer exactly bot a couple thoughts. I played with a rotel 1560 when they first came out and at that time it had a really annoying feature that killed it for me. that was anytime you started a new disc/movie/ or something there was a several second delay where you got picture but no sound. Once the sound came on all was fine. I heard this receiver quite a lot but never with anything similar to the yamaha receivers I also listened to. Tough to compare. ROtel likely has a firmware fix for this annoyance and just because it annoyed me means nothing to anyone else. Second thought is that this may be a good opportunity to decouple the decoding from amplification. How about a separate amp and processor? in the long run you may well be better off? Just my $0.02. sorry I cant really answer your question well.