I spoke to Jim Oade of Oade Bros. today looking for pricing and availability of the Sony STR-DA3ES and 'DA5ES receivers. He said that the 'DA3ES is available for $525 + $30 shipping. The 'DA5ES is not in stock, and Jim said he has heard that it is on the way out. However, he is hoping to obtain one more shipment. His price would be $750 plus shipping. The interesting and surprising part of the conversation was that Jim related some very basic information on new ES receivers and separates that he obtained from his Sony sales rep. recently. Here is what I found out about new models (very preliminary): Receivers * STR-DA1ES: This model will supposedly replace the 'DB1070. Thus, there will not be a new 'DB' receiver. * STR-DA2ES: This model will replace the 'DA3ES but will supposedly offer 6.1 decoding. * STR-DA4ES: This model will replace the 'DA5ES. * STR-DA7ES: This model will supposedly be Sony's first true "flagship" receiver. Jim was told it will retail for around $2500. Separates * TA-E10ES: This model will replace the 'E9000ES. * TA-N10ES: This model will replace the 'N9000ES and will be a 6.1-channel power amp. Jim said that some of the receivers will offer 7.1 decoding, but he wasn't specific. He made it clear to me that he only had limited information on these models. He is hoping to have spec. sheets in the next couple of weeks. Also, he is expecting the receivers to be available soon. He said that Sony has delayed the separates a couple of times. Supposedly, they will be available in October. Stay tuned! As an aside, I can't get over how confusing Sony makes matters with its model numbers. Newer models have smaller model numbers than older models!