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As a side note, I was in a similar dilemma recently, considering between a Marantz SR5006/6006 (eq to Denon 3312) versus private seller deals on ebay for the latest 2012 models. I finally decided to go the route of buying a refurbished Denon 3313CI from Accessories4Less, an authorized Denon/Marantz dealer for about the same price as the last year models I was considering. Having bought it from an authorized dealer, I got a year's worth of warranty (vs. 3-yr warranty for a new, non-refurb model), but paying for it using my American Express extends the warranty for a second year for free. So, I got a refurb receiver of this year's lineup with 2yr warranty, for close to eBay/private seller prices that won't have any warranty. Maybe you could explore a similar option. $100 might not be that big a deal for the peace of mind of choosing the latest model with some kind of warranty - especially if you are like me and hold on to your receivers for close to 4-5 years.
Good luck anyway you choose to go.