I love my Denon 3808ci, I think you can get them now for about $1k.
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Look at the Onkyo units. I find them as great bargains, reliable, good support, and quite musical. I have the TX SR 805, now it's an 806. Around $800-900 online. HDMI 1.3A, 130-140wpc. THX Certi. zones...
a nice line up there with Onkyo. My only regret was I didn't spend a couple hundred more for the next step up or two... otherwise I enjoy mine.
Thanks all for your feedback. I decided to give HK another chance and also decided that fiscal prudence was the right appraoch given the economy. I picked up an HK AVR 146. This unit is not highly powered, but with a small room I think it will be fine. A preliminary listen of my Thoren TD 145, w MP11 cart, McLelland MQS-35 preamp, via Sony headphones was not a let down. I heard a very pleasing sound with some very rich textures, tonal clarity, warmth and many notes that I hadn't heard from some 20+ year old vynil (Jazz Messangers circa 1970).