I had almost decided to go for the Marantz-6004 until I read some alarming reports about it crapping out, the so-called Pop of Death (although its still unclear to me if its just due to incompatibility with some of the set-top boxes or the unit itself). There's a long thread about this issue somewhere on this forum. But as I live in Brazil, where servicing or replacing the Marantz wouldn't be easy, there's no way I would risk it now. Guess I'll go with the Pioneer, my ear probably won't hear the diff and it sounds like it'll be reliable, cheaper, and good value for money.
I like the 2 HDMI outputs for TV + projector. Any convincing arguments for a different receiver + splitter for under $1000?