Okay, I know there are many threads concerning these two receivers, but I have not found one concerning a direct comparison. In the area I live there is no place available to listen to either of them much less compare against each other. I would be mating with a Parasound 2205At amp and Paradigm Ref. speakers(5.1). Which of these receivers would be the better choice? Is there something better in their price range. My listening habits are ~50/50 DVD's movies/SACD's. Right now I'm using an Onkyo 696 as a pre/pro. It's time to upgrade. Have looked at prices for a dedicated pre-amp and most are out of my range. Used a Yamaha before getting the Onkyo and it was too bright for my liking. Any advice is welcome. Would like at least 3 HDMI inputs also. Am I expecting too much for the amount I want to spend?