Hi Todd, Really enjoyed the review and information and after months of research and your informative review I settled on the SR7012 today. I am very excited. Separates were too much at this time and that's what I love about this as I can use it as a pre/pro to add two more amps later. Some context: I recently purchased a 4K Sony player (x700) and a Sony 4K 900 series TV. This includes two HDMI outputs on 4K blu ray player. One output for TV+Audio combo and 2) Audio only (In manual it says for older receivers). I am trying to decide even though the 1702 is an AVR if I want to use it only for Audio since my player and TV has all the 4K standards and conversion. I know some might say its a waste buying an AVR, and not using the V side, however still cannot beat the price for amp and sound with the deep discount I purchased it for. Question 1: Pass-Through or not? Any issues with pass-through Video on 1702 or run 4k player directly to my TV and use the second output on 4k Blu ray player to the Marantz 1702 for Audio only? I don't want to degrade picture quality. Question 2: If I went with the HDMI output on 4K blu ray player to TV and second HDMI output Audio to Receiver that means I wont have the 1702 connected to TV period. Would I still be able to set up the Speakers and do the Calibration without TV? How can this be achieved by AVR alone or the IOS APP? Any recommendation here? Am I overthinking it? Question 3: I only have a 3 (L, C, R) speakers at the moment not full 5.1 ( - Klipsch RF7 series). Space does not currently allow me to do a full 5.1 surround. Knowing I will only use 3 channels - Will the 1702 accommodate this during set up? Do I place the Audio Settings in "Auto" mode for all the multi -channel formats and just identify its 3 speakers or place it in a forced 5.1 mode for the 3 speakers? Not sure how that would work on 1702? or what happens in that case. Question 4: IS Bi-amping possible with this configuration or is it not necessary. I thought since I wont be using many of other channels it could be useful. Bought 1702 to expand when I move later. Sorry for all the questions as I am still learning - Is there a better way to do this with your experience on 1702? Thank you once again!