I can't help with the DVD, but I picked up a marantz receiver off a seller here used for $400 sr-5004 I believe and it was vastly better than the price would reflect and gave me everything I needed (HDMI inputs 7.1 etc.) including good dac performance for my old Sony es DVD I am using as a cd source. It was bought as a stop gap, but it is a keeper. While I don't use the internal amp (I have tube amps) I did try it in bridged two channel and it performed well. I also hear good things about the top of the line marantz which retails for $1500 which would indicate that you could get last year's model for less (even though msrp was higher than $1500 last year).
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