I believe that at the moment if you are in the market for "high-end" equipment the choices are more difficult than other times due to certain current and imminent advances in technology. For my previous amp/receiver you looked at the price, the output, listened and purchased. Now at the top end of the receivers (Denon 3805, Pioneer axa5i, Marantz, Yamaha etc.) not all of them are the same in terms of certain techno stuff. Here I refer to i-link, HDMI, video up conversion, multi room. (there might be more). I am sure that within a year or two that they will all be on par regarding these things. But what about the guy like myself that need to purchase now?