the avr 600 had software issues and the company is difficult to deal with. good luck!
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Well they both had software issues. To be honest every unit from almost all company's with this new tech has soft ware issues. I hate denon, and onky, along with marantz, they are just not great sounding items compaired to what I am looking at. I would really like the new sim audio, but I am not going to spend 18g on a procs. I also think that B&k gives you just a great product its hand made, in the usa, and it just outproforms any den or onk, it may not have any many features but, I am not looking for all of that. I am into just sound wise.
I have the Ref 70 pre/pro and have been very impressed with it. The sonics are great for a pre/pro that can be had new under $3k. When changing TV stations from HD to standard and back there sometimes is a few second delay before the picture returns as it is changing formats. Overall, I find it great for the price.
I agree all electronic gears have software out-of-date problem! The key issue is how easy to upgrade your software. Marantz (remember this name!) does not allow me to upgrade software myself. I was instructed to go to a local authorized shop. There is only one in San Francisco Bay Area, Mountain View. I have to pay $150 just to walk into the door. Comparing to Sony, I can download software on-line and upload it myself. I plan to dump my Marantz gears, two SR7400, DV5500 and DV9500.