From the ancient sands of time... comes the millionth review of the Yamaha DSP-A1000 Build Quality: Coming from a near twenty year old piece of analogous bliss and state of the art design (when it was new), this receiver has held up exceptionally well over this period of time. It has a solid brush, anodized aluminum faceplate with white silkscreen lettering marking model number and control function designations, as well as a drop-down face plate made out of brushed and anodized aluminum. The chassis is made of zinc-plated stamped steel, while the top cover is zinc plated, with a baked powder paint for added durability and some internal foam dampening for added resonance reduction. (I will edit to get the internal pictures later... left them on another camera) Internals: Well, due to a recent hiccup in this device, I was forced to tear it down and make repairs to bring it back to perfect operating condition. I did well.... but also had about 3 hours of my life sucked away: Sound Quality: Overall, this receiver is excellent. There is no hissing or any stray noises at the speakers when the volume is turned up to it's maximum range when no input is playing. There is some slight bleed through on the input selector, but that may have been before I fixed the problems. I will see if there is still bleed through tomorrow. The amplifier itself does not exhibit any 60 cycle hum whatsoever. Playing Diana Krall, Live in Paris through my Pioneer PD-65, connected to CD in with Straightwire RCA interconnects, hooked to a pair of PSB Century 600 I's was a very nice experience after fixing my baby. At low volumes, all the notes came through crystal clear without any sign of fluffing or weakness. At higher volumes, the sound was in your face, like you were at the concert, with every note ringing through clearly and concisely. Bass was never exaggerated and treble was never harsh and tinny. Inputs: As you can see, there is quite a few inputs. I'm too lazy to list them, but the audio/video inputs are all there (except for pre-in/out, coupler, subwoofer, and a few other little ones.) Overall, this is an excellent receiver. I would love to have the DSP-A1, which is based on this receiver, but has digital input processing capabilities. I would rate this receiver a 9 out of 10, just because it lacks any digital connectivity. But if you don't mind or don't need digital interconnects, then this receiver is certainly one beast you want to give a shot.