DaveHo, good idea, i did and if they reply; i will post the response.
Kevin, exactly, i could not agree more about the 2 channel music performance. yes it is a very outdated unit, but the musical performance is what is making me hold onto the av9000. cd's and vinyl just sound sooooo damn good in direct mode. but, i still really wanna upgrade to dpl2, since i watch quite a bit of anime (mostly just stereo encoded) and play lots of video games.
Don't hold your breath... Marantz stinks at responsiveness.
But they do excel at music reproduction!... I too would like to add an updated AV9000 to my pre/pro short list -- hopefully for under $2k... it's amazing that as old as it is, the 9000 is seldom discounted much at retailers, if you can even find it... the exception might be ebay, which I refuse to gamble on.
The SR8400 is loaded enough to make a quality pre/pro, but it would still be nice to have a dedicated unit.
I put a Smart Jr. EX processor on my AV9000 a few months after I got it and I stille use it that way and don't want to change. Even if it is updated, will I like the new unit? Maybe not??? They'd almost certainly change the remote, which me no like-y. The AC-3 RF input would proably be gone. It would proably be a great unit but I might not like it this time around?
Dean- You could get a cheap receiver with DPL II. You'd have to mess with switch boxes too to toggle the amps back and forth between the Marantz for DD/DTS, and the receiver for DPL II though. I don't believe that any stand-alone decoders were ever put out that did DPL II. (Unlike DPL.)