I'm pretty well decided on getting a Pioneer 2011 amp - current prices are just too tempting for what's on offer with this amp (and its obvious competitors). One thing it obviously lacks though is i-link and the new 5i will be out of my price range. I'm struggling to see what you give up by not having i-link in an amplifier. Obviously you lose the ability to connect to an i-link equipped DVD player (e.g 757i) - but (i) isn't the connection between amplifier and DVD player digital anyway through a coaxial or optical link and (ii) isn't the i-link an audio only connection and not video? Is the i-link interface supposed to be a "better" digital connection than coaxial or optical? Other than the DVD connection, what else might you use the i-link for - connection to a suitably equipped future plasma? Thanks in advance.