I would have the exact same response as O'Shag. I probably will end up buying a Z-9 but because I already have 7 channels of very powerful external amplification, I will not be using the Yammie's internal amps. Even so, when compared to "hi end" separates, it is still a good VALUE. Once I got over the fact that it does not switch DVI, then the Yamaha became my clear choice. I have now decided to switch video with an external scaler, not the receiver.