The pieces are starting to come together... 90% HT -Sony 51" Widescreen (sweet) -Paradigm Monitor series (also sweet) 5.1 to start, 7.1 possibly by Christmas, -Sub is still up in the air...either going to be Paradigm PS1200, but I'm leaning towards the SVS 35-31, or Hsu VTF2. The AVR 8000 has no upgrade path. It does not have THX-U2. It will need another amp to power the additional two channels (eventually). It does allow for decoding of 5.1 to Logic 7 (that is a HUGE plus for me, the main selling feature). It is THX Ultra certified (whatever). It has lots of head room for powering the 5.1. The DC-1, DC-2, MC-1 have an upgrade path. More can be done with the Logic 7 than others. Of course, I would need a couple of amps, maybe two 5.1's at 100/channel, and maybe bi-amp 3 for the fronts, or assign a couple to the sub. Either way I go, I'll likely have no warranty. I'm willing to sacrifice this for substantial savings on-line. The H/K will arrive here for about $1850 U.S. ($2700 Cndn) as opposed to $4000 Cndn locally. $1300 diffence and no warranty? Sign me up. Option A) Used Lex, pick up some amps (probably the Parasound) Going HD, the lack of Comp Vid Switching could be a deterrent. Option B) AVR 8000. I would keep this for 5 years. Option C) An intermediate receiver with a host of features, and start building the amps to support the separates route. This would be sold again in a year. If so, I wouldn't care if this was say a Marantz 7200, Onkyo 797, H/K 520, Denon 2802, etc. -I'm struggling with this dilemma.