Believe me, I can understand everyone's frustration with the 4:3 issue. I have to say, this blame cannot be placed solely on the receiver here. The issue is with 640x480 versus 720x480. The latter resolution is basically what anamorphic DVD is, while the latter is what standard 4:3 video is. Sources that output component or HDMI video should all have a way to take 4:3 video and pillarbox it (in essence, creating a 720x480 video output while maintaining the aspect ratio). That way, no stretching would be done by ther receiver or the display. My point here is that source components are as much to blame for this as the receiver (and the HDTV for that matter).