I'm kind of excited about this processor, as it seems to fill a real void in the HT market. I previously owned a Rotel RSP-1068, but moved to a Denon AVR-3808CI receiver when I could no longer use multi-channel analog due to space limitations, and needed to go all HDMI. I have always considered the Denon to be an interim solution, as I'd really like to get back to a standalone processor. I have looked at a number of processors in the mean time (e.g., Cary, NAD, Marantz, Rotel) all of which had some sort of limitation or glitch that made them unappealing to me.
The Denon really does everything I need, but since I'm using it only as a pre-pro (along with Rotel RMB-1085 for amplification) I would really like to get back to a standalone processor. My biggest desire is to ensure the sound quality is the best I can get for <$2500, primarily for multi-channel music. The Marantz AV8003 looks pretty sweet, but is priced at the higher end of my range, and does not support Ethernet connectivity, which I use primarily for firmware updates.
Looking over the specs of the AV7005, it seems to cover every single check box I have, and at a very attractive price. I think this could be a great seller for Marantz, assuming everything works and sounds as promised when it finally hits the market.
I really do wonder, though, if it is the new 'reference' or if there will be a new 8xxx series coming shortly thereafter...?