It wasn't so long ago that I bought my Paradigm Reference Studio 40 v.3 based system and the pioneer 1014. I bought the Pio with the full intention of upgrading relatively soon after my initial purchase. I'm looking for that next big improvement in sound. I enjoy just sitting down and listening to music, so a great sound is more important to me than having every single recent feature. I should say that after this upgrade, I don't intend to upgrade for a long time. The short list of what I want for the processor is: -great clean sound -hdmi switching -video upconversion -all the basic formats up to DPL IIx -iLink would be very nice to have -auto-setup and room correction is always nice -upgradeability -great bass management and tha ability to apply settings to stuff coming in over iLink -a high-end look and finish is always nice to have -for the amp I only need 5 channels. I live in an apartment and don't anticipate needing more than that any time in the near future. I want it to be crystal clear though. **the one thing I like about the Pio 1014 is its ability to bi-amp the Paradigms. I'd really like to keep this capability. I realize that hdmi switching will lower my available choices, so I suppose I could use an external switch if worst comes to worst. I'm really most interested in sound quality, with my priority being classical music. I like movies as well, but I'm less critical about the sound during movies. I should say that I've always had a soft spot for McIntosh, but I fear that's out of my price range, unless I'm buying a used model that's several years old. Plus, on equipment this expensive, I'd like to have a warranty. Any suggestions? particularly on new products that might suit me that are just around the corner? It would be really nice to get hdmi in the processor, but I'm not getting my hopes up.