Thanks...It's beginning to clear up a bit.
The irony is that the Yamaha RX-V665 is also "new" here (Craigslist) and bought as a workaround to pump Netflix, et al, into my aging, but still very fine 720P 42" LG screen. I needed something that could accept HDMI, from, say, a ROKU box, and feed it via component video to the TV, as I currently do from a DISH 722k sat box.
Audiowise, I have been fairly content with the lossy Dolby 5.1 codec audio of my Kenwood VR-6060 which has never missed a beat in over 15 years. When buying the RX-V665, I hadn't yet realized the not-so subtle distinction between HDMI 1.3 and 1.4. Was all just HDMI to me. And I was dazzled by its rare pre-outs.
And that's when I became a little irked at the Hollywood types who had used a sledgehammer instead of a sharper instrument and, in the process, had obseleted my otherwise dandy receiver. At least, that's what I think happened. The more irked because - riding high in sanctimony here - I never succumbed to Napster or any illegal download of any audio, video, or whatever. Not so sure I have the same attitude now. But I digress.
OK, I guess it was time to move into the 21st. Just don't ask me to hum any hip hop.
So, a new AVR is out for the moment. I passed up Amazon's deal of the day yesterday on a refurbed 5.1 Yamaha for $200. I just didn't want to give up on the (7.1) rear surrounds before I had ever had a chance to tell if they were worthwhile! Is the Sony S790 the best "budget" dual HDMI player around today? I've been learning some new tech words lately, but I just can't make myself say "Oppo." And why are there so few of these (dual HDMI outs)? I must be in the tiniest minority imagineable. Everybody have shiny new HDMI 1.4 AVRs?