The AV-receiver as media-center/switching hub with dozens of inputs is a thing of the past IMO. We move toward the single content box and just need a good amp. I run everything from my Mini now (live TV, IP TV, BR playback, DVD playback etc) and I need the following: Very well sounding 5-6 channel amplifier in the 1000$ range Preferably based on a T or D-amp, to keep it small and energy efficient. Optical/Coax in (HDMI passthrough is OK too). All the decoders: DTS(HD),Dolby(HD) Decent speaker terminals 5.1 Analog in/out (I still have a SACD player) I don't want Video input, video scaling, IP connections (unless it is for the User Interface),tuners and all the other crap of the average AV receiver.