just got this unit on a J&R weekend sale.....specifically because it has the build-in HD codec decoders and can output to 8 analog audio channels !!! Woo-hoo, don't need no stink'n HDMI input on my older Sony ES 5.1 receiver....just use the direct in analog inputs.
check out winstons thread on thread on the comparison, but short version, very very good.
PS even better if you have a video scaler and want to feed it source direct which a lot of players do not have...