First, sorry I have been away for a day or two, my schedule has been a little crazy.
Second, thanks a lot guys, I do really appreciate the help and suggestions and yes, Coyote, I have looked at Denon. There are a lot of receivers I like, but it does get pricey and as this is a once in more than a decade thing for me I want to be sure.
When you get into that $700 plus dollar range the opti out does seem to come back...I noticed that when i was checking earlier this year.
bb, and the rest of you, I am a little curious; when you did your rundown of receivers you seemed to leave Pioneer off your list (the Elite does have the opti). As I am shopping for a receiver I am just curious as far why. Was it just random or don't you like the Pioneers?
Honestly, my 1999(?) Sony has been so good to me, but it is almost time for it to be put out to pasture...meaning another room in the house!
Thanks for your opinions, guys.
EDIT: Oh, and BTW it is looking more and more like Airplay is becoming important to me.
EDIT 2: And I'm sorry, jammy but it looks like the Yammy has a lot of optical inputs but no outputs. Great receiver though. My brothers love Yamaha.