I'm assuming since you didn't mention the 8801 that it's out of your price range, like it is mine. The 7008 could still be used as a prepro if you wanted/needed more power than what's inside. Though you can save more by buying an amp from Emotiva, Outlaw or others.
Whatever you do, don't bother with calling Best Buy/Magnolia on the Marantz. I had a nice long conversation at one about a week ago, pricing a Yamaha 2030/3030 and a Marantz 7008. Apparently they aren't authorized to sell below SRP or MAP, unless it's an open box or clearance special that management/corporate marks down. AVS gave me a good price on the Marantz and Yamaha, when I called, as they always do, but I make a point to price check with other vendors regardless, just for piece of mind. They were lower than the lowest on the Yamaha, and only about $10 higher than the lowest I found on the Marantz. I only called authorized dealers I'm familiar with from past dealings though, not ebay venders claiming such. Warranty is too important to me to risk in this price range.
Chad Varnadore <><ex-armchair quarterback***************Our HT