...just found the 987 for $180 open box at CC in Langhorne, PA. FYI, at both stores I checked, it was an in-store source, but behind the wall/not being displayed for sale, and were now being liquidated. The first store I checked (CC in Wilmington, DE) had the unit, but the manager would not sell to me due to "ethical reasons" because the unit he had was "dusty". The second store had no problems selling me theirs OB, with remote, manual, and antennas included (but no setup mike). Interested parties should look into the display models at their local CC as the new models are arriving. And no, I don't feel bad that I can only do the newer high-bitrate compression schemes over 5.1 analog in, not at this price for a receiver that will pass full 1080p.
As for future-proofing, the unit does not feature DTS-HD or DD+, but does include 7.1 analog inputs as well as having (edit) the ability to do multi-channel PCM over HDMI...owners should set their Blu-ray/HD-DVD up, if possible, to do the DD+/DTS-HD decode and output multichannel PCM over HDMI, allowing you to get the benefit of high-definition audio without the ability to do the decode itself internal to the receiver. The sound quality is great compared to run-of-the-mill DD/DTS.