I was set to make this purchase, but held off due to the audio drop outs on JPIII & PH, along with others. After having my fears eased regarding that issue, then a new problem with "ticking" arose with the Onkyo products. Now I am very hesitant to purchase any Onkyo unit. I'm looking for suggestions for an alternative unit instead of the Onkyo. It seems there are problems with most brands in some fashion. I had settled on the Onkyo because it had suffecient hd bandwidth, 7.1 capabilities, DPII, component switching & other extras. Does Yahama make a unit that has the same features as the 898, in the same price range? Any others..........All suggestions greatly appreciated.