Eric - thanks for the ideas. As I said the video processing is not that important to me, altho I would like to get an inexpensive blu-ray. I hadn't thought about using the analog inputs on the AVM that way, however, so that's an interesting idea to extend its life. I'm still running 5.1, and so far don't really care about 7.1, 9.1 or xxx.1 formats, but the HD audio sounds interesting, and I think you're suggesting that I could get that via the analog inputs since the processing would be in the Oppo?
Kevon - I appreciate the sentiment. It's hardly "broken", but it's a hobby that once in a while i get to indulge in, wife and budget permitting. I've purchase nearly all of my stuff on the used market so while I'd LOVE to dump in big bucks, I can't. BUT - I do like sound quality and when I'm feeling the urge to upgrade, I'm looking for ideas on where to put the next marginal investment.
I'm happy to hear from others. Thank you both.