As I stated earlier on here, my TX-SR805 lost it's front left channel. Fortunately, I have a buddy who owns a shop and is looking at it for me without charging a bench fee and is going to repair at a discount if I choose. Not sure how much I'm willing to spend, but don't think I'm willing to exceed $150. He would probably buy it from me, repair it himself, and sell it with the rest of his used equipment he sells. I'm not willing to spend that much again on a receiver.. I've gotten about $200 a year out of that receiver, I spent almost $800 for it and it lasted just about 4 years and a couple of months. I refuse to go over $400 this time, and am going refurbished because of that, and will add a 5 year warrantech warranty from Accessories4less. These are the two I have my eye on: http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR990/DENON-AVR-990-7.1ch-Networking-A/V-Theater-Surround-Receiver/1.html http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR891/DENON-AVR-891-7.1-Channel-105W-A/V-1.4-3D-Ready-Receiver/1.html It would seem to me the 990 must have a far superior amp section. Now, I'm currently running Paradigm bookshelves, so the SR-805 was overkill, but as you all know there are few receivers near it's price point that had an amp section that could touch the Onkyo. I don't need taht much power, but when I bought the Onkyo my wife was expecting our first child. I wanted something that was going to last me for years, as I had the opportunity to upgrade to larger speakers something that wouldn't sweat (jokes on me I guess). Never had a receiver really quit on me, I've simply outgrown them. Is there a substantial enough difference in the Amp section in the 990 over the 891 to constitute the nearly double original MSRP? I would have to believe so. I don't like that the 990 doesn't do 3D, so if the amp section difference would be unnoticeable or negligible, I'd probably prefer to save the money and go with the 891 with 3D pass through. The network audio on the 990 would be nice, but not a big deal really. The 3D pass through is more important IMO. BUT if we're talking about a real measureable difference in the AMP sections, I'll just get the 990 and bite the bullet and get a dual HDMI blu-ray player when the time comes for 3D. There are also a couple of technologies built into the 990 that the 891 is lacking. Does either of these described technologies translate to any kind of real difference in real-life? http://www.denon.com/pages/GlossaryDetail.aspx?GId=20 http://www.denon.com/pages/GlossaryDetail.aspx?GId=18 I'm also not opposed to Yamaha or Pioneer Elite, but it doesn't appear you can get refurb Pioneers and the refurb Yammie's run more money for the same features. But if anyone has any other suggestions, I'm all ears. Hopefully it's all moot and my Onkyo will be fairly inexpensive to repair. But if I can get a decent comparable receiver refurbished for $350 $400 with a 5 year warranty, I'm not certain I'm willing to dump more than $150 into the Onkyo. Thank you so much in advance.