While browsing for info on the new Panasonic SA-BX500, I came across this article, quoting Panasonic's Sabo:
"The $799-suggested SA-BX500 AVR, shipping in October, is a “first step for us,” Sabo said during a press briefing on the product and on the company’s two new Blu-ray Disc players. “At CES, we’ll talk about the next steps.” Panasonic, he noted, is “long overdue” with an AVR whose audio performance matches the video performance of its Blu-ray players." (http://mobile.twice.com/index.asp?la...%2FV+Receivers
So, it sounds like Panasonic will bring out a few more models, hopefully digital and hopefully with a range of features, including a decent Room EQ system.
I am also hoping for a slimmer box than the SA-BX500.
Good news for digital receivers, IMO.