Well my Pioneer VSX-36TX was a decent receiver but it's what some people on my digital videdo forum (www.dv.com) would call "puffed plastic". That means all the features you want on paper, but falls short on performance and quality. I think we all know that slapping a THX sticker on the front does not make a great receiver. I sold the 36TX for $650 and wanted to spend around $800 total for an older flagship from Yamaha. Well yesterday my searching paid off as I found a BRAND NEW Factory Sealed Yamaha DSP-A1 (gold with wood panels) for $800 locally. Granted it doesn't have 6.1 but I don't have anywhere for a rear center and I'm more concerned with power and build quality. I see this new 6.1/7.1 wave to not be as crucial as the Pro-Logic to Dolby Digital/AC-3 receiver upgrade. Now I just have to find gold components to compliment this beauty. Anyone know of any gold DVD players besides JVC that support progressive scan? Would any of you with the same money have made a different decision?