Still trying to sort through all of the models that have been suggested in this price range and try to make a meaningful comparison between selected models (What makes this a bit more difficult is that there are a lot of models that are still being sold - even though there are new models being offered at the same time - Marantz being a case in point with the 300 series and 400 series available) Also I am confused by the many compatibility features such asDolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, IIX, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, DTS Neo:6 and DTS 96/24 etc. etc. Apart from connectivity and audio quality issues - can anyone tell me what a good mid-range receiver should possess in terms of its ability to process the different formats - like those listed above and others. I want to avoid purchasing a receiver only to find out it is unable to handle a current or emerging format. Hope this somewhat disjointed question makes sense to at least a few of you - and thanks to all for the excellent guidance!