I needed an inexpensive receiver or integrated amp with a remote for a bedroom system, so I opted to try this new Yamaha instead of a used or vintage unit. So far, I'm very happy. Very strong bass and no fatiguing harshness. I'm using teh Pure Direct mode. Listening to it with ELAC B6.2 speakers. Optical from the cable box, and RCAs from a nearly 30-year old Technics CD player. For $350 shipped, with a warranty, I think you could do a lot worse.