I am looking to buy a processor for my theater in the next couple of weeks. I am using studio monitors so XLR outputs are a must. Budget is around $1000. I have seen Marantz AV7005 for that price, and I here a UMC-500 is in the works, but who knows when it will be released.
I currently use the Denon DN-A7100 and it is an excellent choice for decoding surround to balanced outputs. Of course the 7100 doesn't decode DTS-MA or Dolby TrueHD, but if your player can decode those the DN-A7100 will accept the lossless multichannel PCM stream over HDMI. That's how I have mine set up at the moment. I've used this both for driving external amps and passive speakers, and with Mackie HR824's and the results have been great. I'm very happy with it.