Why were you annoyed by an AVR that ran hot? It's not bad or good, it's just a characteristic of the piece. It needs to dissipate heat- how it does that is immaterial,. but it needs to happen. That means it needs more space around it or some kind of active cooling. If it performs better than most, it's a good choice; if it performs worse, it's a bad choice. They must have chosen those output transistors for a reason.\n\n\nI’ve always wanted a Krell amp since moving to Colorado, they have a BTU rating on their amps, it gets cold here.