I wasn't attempting to ridicule anyone...if so, I apologize.
I was merely looking at the situation as to what that amount of money can purchase in terms of performance.
If you add the cost of a VP and an inexpensive 480i HDMI transport this could equal or be less than the Marantz, with the added bonus of processing other sources for a display.
And more and more AVSers are arriving at that analysis.
How have I come to this conclusion?
A little history helps...I purchased the Onkyo 1 1/2 years ago.
Puts out a nice picture @720p IMO.
However, I wanted to upgrade performance for dvds and other sources.
So I bought a DVDO VP30 a month ago (not 1 1/2 years ago).
Now I need a 480i player (the Onkyo goes upstairs at that point).
Sensitivity aside, there are not good reasons to buy the Marantz for 480i only
If anyone thought there was, I would say that "more research" might be appropriate.
Lastly, and not least: IMHO.