Well many B-Stocks were A-Stocks that did arrive DOA. With both A-Stock and B-Stock the chances are pretty small that the AVR is going to fail out of the box. Regardless, I certainly understand given your experience not choosing to purchase a B-Stock in the future.For the record, I've never bought a broken A stock item in all of my life. And I've bought plenty of electronics and music equipment. Refurb 2 buys and 2 broken. I would consider doing it with a local shop or Best Buy where I could walk in with it. I would never do it again from a website.