I've been into HT for a little over a year now, starting with a Kenwood HTB-503 setup. Since then, I've gotten new front speakers (JBL N-Center and N-26's), moved the original fronts to the rear, and gotten a new TV (Wega 36XBR450). I've also upgraded to a DVD player with DVD-A capabilities. I'm ready to take one of the next steps: Upgrading my Receiver. I have the VR-407 that came with the original HTB package, and I must say, I have not been dis-satisfied. However, after getting the HD-compatible TV, and also getting a PS2 and XBox, I've noticed that the VR-407 is lacking - it can't accept component video inputs. What used to be a simple operation (switching between S-Video video sources) has now become a chore, and something that only 1 person in my family (me) is qualified to do. Thank goodness I have a One-For-All Learning Remote™, so I'm able to do several things through macros. Well, to get to my point: Tax Return / Birthday / Yearly Bonus time is coming up, and I think I'll upgrade my receiver. After receiving the very-cool marketing gimmick CD from Kenwood, showing off their Soveriegn line of receivers, I almost immediately fell in love with the VR-5090. http://www.kenwoodusa.com/product/pr...productId=754#. It has ALL of the latest sound formats, (Pro-Logic 2, DTS-ES, THX-EX, etc), has AMPLE room for inputs (7 Digital, 11 Analog Audio), is THX-Select certified (whatever that's worth), and has one of my FAVORITE new features: Universal Video HD. This means you can plug many different types of video inputs into the receiver (composite, S-Video, component), and have only ONE connection to your monitor (in my case, a component-video connection). The receiver automatically converts everything to component video. This means NO MORE switching between inputs on my TV. That feature's convenience factor alone is worth nearly half the cost of this machine (to me). Anyway, like my post says, is there anyone out ther who can provide me with good reason NOT to go for this receiver? I haven't looked around TOO much, but I think it can be had for around $1299 or so. The VR-5080 (the model just below this one) does not have the Universal Video HD feature. Is there any other brand of receiver in this price range that also has this unique feature? Any cheaper receivers have this feature? Finally, if anyone reading this post OWNS a VR-5090, please post your thoughts also. I'm really considering this purchase, and I'd really like to hear someones opinion (besides Kenwood's) about this receiver. If you do own this receiver, and you wouldn't mind sharing how much you paid I would also be interested in that. The only online retailer I've seen that carries it is www.crutchfield.com.