I posted much of the info below over on the AVS forum, but I thought I would dupe some of it here because others might be find the links to the Yamaha PDF files useful. In a nutshell, I'm planning to upgrade my middle-of-the-line Sony receiver to something better in about a month. I want something beefier, with better build quality, with no less (preferably more) inputs and, if possible, ProLogic II. I might forego the last thing if I find all of the above in a closeout model at a great price -- especially since I'm having trouble finding a new model with everything I want at a price I can afford. The outgoing model Yammy RX-V3000 can be had for under $1100 now, and it has seven (!) AV inputs and four audio-only inputs. (I'll never use the front jacks, so that's really six AV sources, and I have that many and more.) The newer model RX-V1200 and RX-V2200 have five AV sources on the back panel, which is the bare minimum I would need, plus adds ProLogic II to the mix. But these boxes aren't quite as big and powerful as the 3000, which is a lot of receiver at a heavy discount right now. I was hoping the forthcoming 3200 would be my ideal receiver at a reasonable price, but -- as mentioned below -- it has fewer inputs than the 3000 it will replace. I also have considered, by the way, several Denon models. The 2802 and the 3802 seem nice, but they have fewer inputs than the Yammy models and the Sony I have now. I must have at least four audio sources and five AV sources plugged into the back panel as a minimum. The 4802 gets out of my price range. Anyway (and here comes the stuff I cut and pasted from my AVS post)... I've been poking around the Web, reading the forums and searching the Usenet archive at Google for information and opinions on the various new (and old) Yamaha receivers I might be interested in. Here are a few links. This page has some good photos of various receivers, new and old. The 3200 is not there, but I am in love with the 3000 back panel. As I mentioned, the 3200 loses a set of AV jacks but adds ProLogic II and more power. Nice pics of the 1200 and 2200 are here, but only from the front as yet... http://www.yamaha.com/YECDealerMedia/adgraph02.htm Yamaha's "what's new" page has links to some info about the features of the 1200 and 2200... http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/whatsnew.htm Here's a PDF document with nice pictures and good info on the forthcoming 3200 receiver. This is where I've learned the most about the 3200... http://www.yamaha.co.jp/english/pro...nfo/rxv3200.pdf And here is where I downloaded PDF manuals of several Yammy receivers (but no 3200 yet)... http://www.yamaha.com/yec/customer/...man_av_rcvr.htm I printed out the 2200 manual and even took it to Kinkos and had it spiral bound for easy reading. I'm also studying the 3000 manual, in case I go for a closeout special. I've ruled out the 1200, I think, because I don't believe it would allow me to chose a separate source for recording than the one I'm listening to or viewing. Am I right about that? Right now, I'm looking at either the 2200 or the 3000, with the former having PLII and the latter being a higher-end receiver with more power and all the inputs I could want but without PLII. Maybe I would wait for the 3200 for even more power and PLII if they had not removed the extra set of AV jacks, but I think I've ruled that out now. It's either the 2200 or the 3000 -- unless I do something crazy like grab a used DSP-A1 off ebay or something. (Maybe that's not so crazy???) Am I correct that with most of these (maybe all) you can reassign the optical inputs to any component? That would be nice for my growing collection of digital gear. Now... enough Internet research! I need to go hear these things and fondle them someplace.