Hi guys, thanks for your feedback. The 59TXi should be amazing all around, I'm sure I'll be happy with it. I wasn't really keen on getting HDMI until the spec has been fully sorted out (it's still ongoing isn't it?). In fact, my first (of many) HDMI sources has just been ordered. I'm picking up the Oppo 980h player and was going to use that for my SACD's that are also being shipped. I realize that it uses analog outputs, but is the i.Link difference really that noticeable? Also, does the 59TXi allow for bass management of analog inputs?
It was a toss up between a new 980h or a used DV-79AVi. In the end I figured the only thing the Pio was clearly better at was perhaps SACD's using i.Link, but I didn't know how much better. I've never heard either of them before, so it's a bit of a blind (or deaf) upgrade other than me searching the forums.
I'm hoping the sound quality difference isn't too great or else I'll be picking one up anyways!
Another reason I don't care for HDMI on my receiver, is that I've always heard that for the best picture quality, you don't want to put your source picture through your AV receiver. I've always gone directly to the HDTV. It is more cable management, and that alone might be the biggest draw for me to upgrade one day. At the moment, top PQ and AQ are at the top of my list.