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You sound like a candidate for an HTPC (I like XBMC, but everyone has their biases) or an Oppo BD Player much more than a candidate for a new AVR. After spending time with several "media players" I've found that most try to do too much with limited hardware or underdeveloped software. Most people are either better off going with basic functionality that works well, or moving up to a true HTPC if they really want to do it all.
The Oppo will give you basic file playback and top notch hardware, all of which will (more or less) just work.
An HTPC will give you the ability to configure everything do exactly what you want and look exactly how you want, but with some effort involved. You'll want to find or build an HTPC with 7.1 analog outputs to overcome the limitations of your AVR... otherwise, you can go as minimal or as hog-wild as your budget, time, and functionality desires dictate.