Crutchfield is now selling the Sony STR-DA3ES for $800 and the 'DA5ES for $1200. They had been selling them $1000 and $1500, respectively. Seeing as these receivers only hit the stores in October or November, I doubt that the price drops mean that Sony is going to release new models anytime soon. Maybe sales have been slow and Sony is simply trying to boost sales. It seems like the period of time that passes before Sony drops prices is much shorter than it used to be. A couple of years ago, it seems like Sony wouldn't drop prices on anything until successors had been announced or the product's natural lifespan had obviously passed (i.e., one year for a receiver). Anyway, I would like to know what Oade Bros. is selling these receivers for now. They had been at $985 on the 'DA5ES, but if they are down to $800 or so, then the receiver is an incredible bargain. One could probably get the 'DA3ES for $600 now. Just a guess.