Hey guys, I am going to need to replace my receiver soon, so I have been looking around. I'm a little unsure of what exactly would be the best option for what is needed. On top of that, if heard a few not-so-good things about a couple of the options. Please keep in mind, price is a VERY big factor here. New daugter will be coming sometime in the next couple of weeks, and I can't afford to spend too much. I don't have the cash some of you do. Also, please keep in mind that I am coming from a 1997 or 1998 model Technics EX-510 receiver that has almost nothing. So pretty much ANY of the options would be a very substantial upgrade. OK, so here are the options I firmly need, no matter what: Component video up-conversion from composite and/or s-video. Clean reliable power. Reliability. (I can not afford to upgrade. This reveiver must last a good 5 years) Usage will be 90% HT and console gaming duty, and 10% music. OK. So here are my options, in order of price. $270-300 range: 1. Sony 997B Pro's: High Power Good amount of inputs/outputs Price Con's: I've heard the reliability sucks Also heard that power rating is way off, and I should expect much less. 2. Denon 1705 Pro's: 3rd component input (which is very desirable to me) Denon quality Price Con's: I've heard that power on this unit is also overrated, and I should only expect 30 to 40 watts/channel. Not as many connections as I would like. Only 2 component inputs. $350-450 range: 3. Pioneer 1014 Pro's: High Power Many connections High quality/reliability Con's: Price Only 2 Component inputs $500+ range (550 or so online) 4.Sony ES 3000 Pro's: VERY high power Many connections Quality/reliability Con's: Price Only 2 component inputs So there you have it. Those 4 models are the only ones I can find that have what I need. Obviously, I would prefer either the Sony 997B or Denon 1705 due to the cost. I would most likely choose the Denon, even with the one less component input. But, if the units do have the mentioned problems, than I will be FORCED to choose something higher priced. I can't really afford it, but.... And remember, whatever I go with needs to last a few years, no matter what. Oh, and one last thing. The up-conversion feature is so important because my TV is a 27 inch Gateway Destination monitor. Everything needs to be sent from the receiver as component video into the component-to-VGA converter. So as you can see, the upconversion feature is a necessity. So what do you think I should do?