You guys forget, there is at least 1 really good use for a pre/pro like this which is my case.
I use a DVDO edge scaler on the video side and it does all my switching and scaling so I need only the bare minimum audio and hookups since all I want is full surround decoding and a volume control.
No point in wasting money on a receiver then not use the amps and still pay for them to run idle all the time.
I do wish it had Audessey but not a huge deal as I dont have that now.
Really the only reason I am buying now is also my 950 had all the digital inputs fail on me, wont stay locked to any source.
So I need something not expensive but of good quality, which outlaw usually is, and need it now-ish
Currently using my ooooooold Marantz DP870 dolby digital( read AC-3 in that day) decoder simply for a volume control and some decoding hehe