I bought an Anthem AVM-50 pre/pro. Got a great open box deal from my local dealer. Still a big hit financially though- it just about drained the Whiskey and Firearm fund. I'm inputing an Oppo DV-970HD via HDMI at 480i, and a Toshiba HD-XA1 via HDMI at 1080i. The Anthem upconverts and sends 1080p to my Sony 60" SXRD. I'm using Outlaw 200 WPC amps, Energy Veritas i speakers, and 2 Hsu VTF-3 subwoofers. I left the country shortly after getting it hooked up, but I like it very well so far. Using the Anthem color bars and the DVD Essentials blue film strip, the color was spot on right out of the box. The sound seems more 3 dimensional, spacious and realistic than the Outlaw 990 that it replaced. When I get back in country, I'll hook up the balanced interconnects I ordered. I decided not to wait for HDMI 1.3. From what I've read, the new surround sound formats will be best decoded in the players rather than the receiver, so the 1.1 HDMI works for me. It's a nice piece of gear, and it looks like it'll find a home in my rack for a few years. Cheers! ....and THANK YOU CJ for the new forum!