I think that is why I gave aesthetics more weight in my decision making process when I decided to build a modest 2-channel setup. It is a focal point of the room. That being said it makes sense that the 40n 30 have the upgraded faceplate to help justify some of the cost :). The 40n weights more than the x4800h or the Cinema 50. I also love the look of the Anthem AMV70, but that is in my rack on a sidewall, so not prominently displayed.\n\nAccording to the Marantz Website, the C50 and above in their new receiver line have metal faceplates. Only the C60 & C70 have the polycarbonate faceplate. I should have clarified my statement when I commented on the sides being the same, I meant the plastic (polycarbonate) that the OP commented on.\n\n\nBase on aesthetics, imo, Europeans and Asians should buy Marantz the C40, or 50 because the 3800 and 4800 there are only $200 to $300 less. In North America the price gap is $800 to $1000, the Denons should obviously be the better choice unless one loves the M's look to death, and hates the D's.