Both my Integra player and my Rotel processor have been finicky and there are issues with both even now (which my kids can deal with in the basement!) So, it may be counterintuitive to look at those brands but those are on my shortlist. Because I am familiar with the Rotel I thought the new 1572 would be the natural replacement. Then I read a lot of posts saying it has all sorts of problems (audio delay something or the other, no backlit remote, no audyssey, etc). I am planning to get a professional to come set it up anyway so the audyssey may be a non-issue.
The Integra dhc 80.3 seems to be a strong contender. However I read that it may not be that great for music especially from the analog inputs. I plan on having the oppo decode 7.1 (right now I already have the 8 acoustic zen interconnects that I am using for the integra, 6 for the 5.1 and 2 for the two ch, they are mostly silver or matrix reference) although i will have hdmi connection to the SSP also for changing 5.1 to 7.1. Also, listen to vinyl and will not want any analog to digital and back to analog type of conversions at all. So the SSP must be able to do a very good job of passing through unadulterated analog sound whether movie or music. So music is really important for me. SInce the Oppo will have a lot of features (most seem to repeat in the SSP isn't that redundant?) should I get a processor that really is not too complicated?
What else should I look at? I don't want to look at the Onkyo (cause it is similar and I'd rather get the Integra). Any input will be appreciated. Right now I am feeding dvd thru component to my new tv and cant wait to do bluray via hdmi!!!!