Originally Posted by AC2011
Other than networking capability, what am I missing with the 800????
Mainly a fair number of inputs, 2 more HDMI, 2 more optical, 1 more coaxial, 5 more analogue audio, 2 more component, S-Video, Phono, and USB. There's also a optical output. The RX-A1000 has a bit more powerful amps and you can assign the analogue video outputs to zone 2.
Note that the networking capability gives you a fair amount of stuff on its own. Internet radio, DLNA, and the ability to control the receiver through a browser running on your PC, or special apps available for the iPhone and Andriod devices.
One thing though, a Canadian version of the RX-A1000 will be missing things that the American version of the RX-A1000 (and your RX-A800) have. No HD Radio, no Sirius satellite port, and no support for Internet music services like Pandora (which will probably block your Canadian IP address anyways.)
It's a pretty big jump in features from the RX-A800 and RX-A1000, but for most people not a lot of those features are going to be useful. I think network control would be the most popular. You might also want to check out the RX-V867 or its successor the RX-V871. The RX-V867 fit in between the two receivers feature-wise and was usually cheaper than the RX-A800.
I wouldn't hold out on great Boxing Day sales on these Yamaha receivers or comparable models by other manufactures. The best prices you see on receivers come after their replacements ship, and Christmas falls right in the middle of most manufactures release cycles. (Also watch out Future Shop and/or Best Buy introducing exclusive high-end receiver models a few weeks before Christmas at insanely high prices, and then "massively" discounting them on Boxing Day to something that's merely overpriced.)