"buy the previous model,the RX-V667"4.5 starson by sofast1
Pros: excellent sound,great GUI
Cons: no pre-outs,only 1 sub out,limits any improvement in sound. Without these, it's an AVR,can't be used as a pre/pro later.
Summary: Who cares about Airplay? I'd rather have an AVR that can function as a pre/pro, so I can expand the system without replacing the AVR. The 667 is better and costs $150 less now. Airplay??? pass, rather have the pre-outs and sub outs. Rather spend my money on amps and subs than Steve Jobs.If you want a mid-priced AVR to build a nice home theater around this is it! However,like most AVRs in this range,the amps are rated with only TWO channels driven. Using this AVR(and most others) in 5.1 or 7.1 will deliver more like 50 watts per channel. This could limit your speaker selection,especially when you have upgrade fever. To move up to some serious speakers will require serious power,meaning adding external high current amps. When(or if) you're ready to go to the next level, you'll have to leave the RX-V671 behind. You'll have to replace it with a more expensive AVR(with pre-outs) or a Pre/Pro. On the other hand,the RX-V667 will take you to that level and beyond, and cost you $150 less! Why pay more for planned obsolescence?
Updated on Jul 30, 2011