I'm still looking at receivers. I think I've decided I'm willing to spend a little more on the receiver (so now, I'm willing to pay $500-$800), especially since so many people seem to be anti-Sony. I admit to being curious about the Marantz units (My father has an expensive Marantz receiver he bought back in the 70's that he kept hooked up and working for over 30 years without a problem).
Right now, I am looking at the Harman Kardon AVR-354 and the Marantz SR5003. Again, I am looking for something with at least 1 HDMI input and at least 2 optical inputs (I say "at least" as I prefer, for later upgradeability, to have at least one more of those inputs than I currently need - just in case). The one HDMI input is for my TiVo HD (a second one for a potential PS3); the optical inputs are for my Xboxes (one 360, connected via the PC connection, needing an optical connection, one non-360, using the HD pack, so needing an optical connection).
What are people's thoughts on these two receivers? Between the two, which company's should I go for, Marantz or Harman Kardon?