I'm headed to Houston in the morning (Tweeter there), & I'm TRYING to quit wondering if it's even an upgrade. They are pretty darn closely matched IMO. DAMN! These RX-V1's are $1000 now, from $3200 retail (LOL). I'm wondering if the Yammie is really an "upgrade" at all? It has more digital inputs, which certainly is nice. My crappy Scientific Atlanta digital cable box only has a coax digital output, whereas the 777 I have sports optical there. What is Sony's friggin obsession with optical!? Also, ALL my stuff is Sony, DVPS7700 DVD, 61" TV, etc. The Sony has dual subwoofer preouts for my Klipsch RP5's as well. The Sony has a full on LCD remote, & I'm not certain on the Yammie. I know there WAS/IS a promotion on a pronto style yamaha remote. Anyone know if the new ones come with the pronto style remote? Also, the Sony has 120 watts "push pull high current" VS 110 watts on the Yamaha. The Sony sounds very nice for HT, & I could give 2 craps about Yamahas 54 DSP modes. It also does well for music, very warm. I've heard the Yamahas are not as good for music as they excel at HT. The ES has a 5 year warranty, 4 years left from Tweeter. The Yammie, 2 years. The bottom line, I paid $450 open box (PERFECT) for the 777, & I can snag a RX-V1 for $999. I could probably make $ selling the 777 on Feebay. They are quite scarce aftermarket. IDEAS?