If all you need is 7.1, you could also just buy a high-end preowned 7.1 processor or AVR.\n\nI recently sold my $5,500 Denon AVR-5308CI for $1K. Or was it $900? :D\n\nI bet people can get some preowned 7.1 AVP from Krell, Bryston, ATI, Lexicon AVP for $1K.\n\nBut as @Gmoney says...\n\n\nThose processors wouldn't have the latest HDMI versions. Also, my guess is that the outputs wouldn't be as good in terms of THD+N. And how many of those are using fully balanced outputs?