There are a lot of great A/V receivers out there, but once you get to a certain level of sophistication and price, your eyes and ears begin to glaze over. The features can be so complex they're only useful to a pro installer or extreme enthusiast, and the sound, plus or minus, doesn't really differ so much, brand to brand.
Rotel's latest A/V receiver, the RSX 1562, takes a nervy approach toward simplicity (read: fewer bells and whistles) and a relatively novel amplifier technology that will really turn your head. This receiver produces tremendous sonic detail and punch, especially at lower volumes. It's almost like a new kind of sound, and in a conventional listening space, with conventional speakers, can really be a deal-maker.
This was my first extended experience with these new(ish) Class D amplifiers and I was duly impressed. It's a nascent technology that's already good and is going to get even better. You can read a full hands-on review of the Rotel RSX 1562 here.