I am looking to purchase a new receiver sometime in the near future. Being that I am in Canada, some of the prices/deals I can get are not as good as in the US. To give an idea of my setup, I am currently using an old Carver HR-722 60WPC reciever in stereo with ACI Spirit (AKA Opal) floorstanders. The Spirits are sealed 2 way using a Vifa tweeter and 8" Vifa woofer. They are a relatively easy load, althought not particularly efficient, and can soak up a lot of power. When I get the new receiver, I will also add 3 Optimus LX-550s as rears, and the rest as my pocketbook allows. EDIT: Forgot to mention that usage is essentially 50/50 Music/HT. I am essentially looking for a few main features, it would be nice to get all of them but not essential. I want to have HD component switching (for my HDTV), as well as pre-outs for at least the front (I have an external line-level Paradigm active crossover that I intend to use down the road). I would like to have plenty of power on tap, at least as much as I do now, although more is always better. The receiver must have DPL II, and/or Logic 7.1, Circle Surround, NEO6 etc would be a nice bonus. I am not that concerned about having full 7.1 or 6.1 sound. Based on these criteria, and prices I have been able to find, I am so far looking at the following choices: 1. H/K Avr-320 (~$950 CDN shipped from Ecost in US) Pros ---- - lots of formats - full preouts - build/sound quality - EZset remote Cons ---- - top end of my budget - no warranty (shipped from US) - relatively low power - not sure on bandwith of HD switching 2. Panasonic SA-HE200 (~$860 CDN) Pros ---- - Lots of formats - Lots of power on tap - Specs better than SA-HE100 which tested extremely well in S&V - 50mhz HD switching - 24/192 upsampling (big deal?) - Full warranty support Cons ---- - No preouts (there is a tape loop though, and the extra power might make this less of an issue?) - crap remote - Panasonic name (psychological) 3. Pioneer D-811s (~$550 CDN) Pros ---- - Lots of formats - Full preouts - cheap enough that I can soon upgrade to a nice 2 channel amp for the mains - full warranty support Cons ---- - relatively low power - only 27mhz component switching (is it a really bad thing?) - pioneer name (psychological) Given this breakdown, how would you all go about deciding? Would you choose something else altogether? Any insight/comments from owners of the listed gear or similar gear would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.