I've been waiting for almost two years as well Pclausen.....TWO YEARS!
I have a Proceed AVP2+6, which is arguably one of the best pre/pros ever made......but unfortunately, with all these new formats and connectivity issues, it is starting to become a little cumbersome to get it right.
Currently I Have a Toshiba HD-A2 player, which only has HDMI output for its new truHD formats, and converts everything to DTS @ 1.5mpbs thru its toslink output.......good right??! Not really
The output from this is downmixed, and it is really REALLY muffled. Regular DD tracks from the SD DVD's sound better.
My next option would be to get a HD-XA2, and use a Zektor switcher and let the player do the decoding and use the analog outputs into my AVP2:
This would work just fine for the time being as well, but paying $500 for a "switcher" just seems pretty stupid to me. It would work as a video switcher as well, but still.
The next option would be to go with something like the Integra DTC-9.8 or the Onkyo equivalent, both of which are getting great reviews and have been preferred by some who have owned the likes of the Anthem D2 and Lexicon MC-12HD, which says a lot!!! For example:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...3#post12140413
The problem for me is, that I have NEVER been fond of the Onkyo sound, and their components over the past several years have left a lot to be desired. Add to the fact that there are Lip Sync issues that remain unsolved, and I'm a bit hestitant to jump on these early "multipurpose" players even with their tremendous attractive price and apparent performance:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...&postcount=602
I look at the new NAD offering, and still, limited options and connectivity. The upcoming Denon pre/pro is gonna be fully rich featured, but at 4-5k, no thanks!
Lexicon? not really.
The closest thing I've auditioned that had the AVP2's acoustical prowess was the Halcro SSP100, but their HMDI upgrade is still some time aways, and their Customer support is not exactly the best.
and so my friend, I continue to search and wait............