kilian... I hear ya,I just posted that one up as a example of ultra high end stuff being dirt cheap today,I still feel like using a avr like that and using optical inputs to the avr and running hdmi direct to the tv from sources would be fine,still work with 3d. Ive never understood the need for video processors or upconvertions in a avr,if you have a good modern tv then all this is handled anyway,plus any good display will at least 4 hdmi inputs,whats a couple extra optical cables to run to the avr. That said im not after some mega 60 lb beast,anything over 30 lbs will suffice,at least you know you have a little beefy amps in something like that.
Im looking at a Denon AVR-3808 that a member here is selling and the elite 94. noit sure what I want to run with. they were both made around the same 2007 time range,both run around 500 these days.The display I bought recently is a nice huge 3d tv,but i dont mind running the hdmi to the tv direct for that source,no biggie.