In the thirty to forty threads on this (some dedicated, most just hijacked), I've lost touch of one important - at least in my mind - detail.
Greg (ahem...pardon me, P-Dawg), why are you getting a new receiver in the first place? You mentioned the new codecs, but couldn't you pass multi-channel analog from a player to your current receiver? I'm just asking if this is really worth it to you, and suggesting that you might want to reconsider if this is what you really want. At first, it was a chance to get a good deal on a new Yamaha, a brand that you had been happy with and that would get you a new toy with some new capabilities. That didn't pan out because the new unit had enough about it that you didn't like. So, is it time to step back and reconsider getting a new receiver at this time? Or do you really want a new receiver bad enough to branch into brands that you previously didn't seem to have much interest in (Pioneer Elite, specifically)?
Just putting the thought out there. Say the word, and I'll be right back into the "spend your money," and "get the ICE, babeeee" crowd.
I still can't believe that you never remarked on the Ice Ice Gable post with the video. So hurt...