I have spent more time going back and forth between AVR and Integrated. While the AVR was probably the smarter move, I wanted to stick to my gameplan with a slimmer 2.1 simple solution and went with the Marantz 40n. I definitely prefer the slightly smaller form factor over the Cinema 50. The reviews have been very positive and the build quality looks solid.
A secondary factor is If I went with the cinema 50, I would be too tempted to buy more speakers and I like being married, so...2.1 integrated it is!
Shout out to ADTG for being patient with so many of my questions and requtests before I pulled the trigger today!