Strengths: Powerful & engaging soundstage in all formats, flexible, really enjoyble, even fun mid-range amplifier. The 1st AV amp that I actually listen to 2 channel stereo on & not use 6 channel stereo or PLII to hide the misgivens of AV kit & I've owned some "musical" AV amps in the past (Marantz 7200 & 5200) The iLink connection does make a significant difference to the sound quality as does HI-BIT processing. The 1st time you see the amp recognise & display the source component, (i.e Pioneer's 868avi)on the facia is a highlight. The MCACC is very useful, is easy to follow & makes set up easier.
Weaknesses: None of any major note although I'm finding the remote somewhat frustrating as I can't seem to switch function of the remote without switching over the function of the machine, quite annoying if you've spent the time programming it!!
Overall: Best Amp I've had & I'm still learning all it's functions, can't really think of anything it's missing or that I need that it doesn't have. For it's overall powerful sound staging + it's flexibility & future proofing (well, for a couple of months at least) it's a great buy, in fact I'm off to have a play now!!
Strengths: Everthing it does it does well. Both picture & audio are impressive but I would have to say perhaps slightly less than wow! This machine is extremely flexible though & iLink does make a big difference to the sound in all formats, the timing is spot on & tracks just race along. Both DVD-A & SACD are both very enjoyable, especially via iLink, very solid & spacial. Pink Floyds the wall is very good & listning to Billy Joel on SACD is fantastic if not a tad false (drums behind you, hmmm). I'm swinging towards DVD-A as my prefered format. I also have to mention that 2 channel stereo, via the ilink is also not too bad for DVD player, I mainly listen to music in PL2 if via a DVD player but not this one.
Weaknesses: Picture quality isn't top, top notch & it struggled through the opening scenes in Master & Commander (the fog scene). This could of been my plasma (Pani PWD6)so forgive me but I did make quite a few adjustments (which you have many to chose from). I'm not 100% convinced yet by HDMI as I'm seeing just as good a picture via component in most discs, in some discs component looks better although I'm viewing this all on a Pani plasma with a DVI connection that doesn't accept higher res PAL pictures (something about refresh rates 60 or 50 Hz?)
Overall: I would have to rate this machine somewhere between good & great. The great thing about the player is it's flexibility & ilink, everything else it does is good.