Looking at new receivers & wondering how much premium I should pay for the latest codecs -- the question boils down to:
Sony's new 920 (very nice low price-point) vs.
refurb Marantz 8001 (high end sound, specs, but no HD codecs; 2x Sony cost)
vs. Marantz 8002 (the whole shebang, but 3x Sony cost).
I'm not a supreme audiophile, but admittedly a tech junkie so that not having the latest & greatest might irk a bit. I have a 5.1 setup, am looking to upgrade my receiver to a new HDMI-capable box (have 3-4 inputs - A35 HD-DVD player, Sat box, HTPC, possibly DVD or later game console).
I have that Sony STR-DG920 on order now, got a great price in recent pre-order deal discussed in Sony thread, but am torn about whether to go more high-end. if I do cave to high-end appeal, was looking at Marantz 8001/8002 in particular, where there is very nice price on refurb former top-line 8001s available. I'm struggling over whether Dolby HD audio codecs in the most recent 8002 are worth the $500 or so hike compared to an 8001, if I did move high-end. The Sony theoretically does all the new codecs, but I understand is not in same league as Marantz...
Youse guys are the pros - what do you think?