I'm doing some research way ahead of time for the purchase of a new receiver. Yamaha being one of the first manufacturer to look based on owning a great RX-V800 for the last 5 years until it died last fall. And now I am using a cheap replacement in the HTR5730 which I got off of ebay for half price, and it is serving its purpose well. I was originally looking to make a jump to separates, but I'm really starting to think that receivers are being made better and better lately, hence my research into new receivers. I have a couple of main specs that are must have for me. One is HDMI i/o. Second is preouts. And just overall sound quality to be very good for Home Theater only. I use an upconverting player thru HDMI, and will move to HDDVD/BluRay when ready, and soon get into HDTV. So when looking at the Yammy models I don't really see a huge difference in the 1600 and the 2600 except in one area: For the 1600 I can't see the real difference in these for the two most important things to me...SDDVD, HDTV and future HDDVD/Bluray devices. I checked the prices for me up in Canada and there is a $400(CAD) or $350(US) price difference. Help me out here. What else am I...me, with my requirements getting if I were two jump to the 2600??? Thanks in advance people.