My old faithful Kenwood 5.1 surround receiver bit the dust tonight while watching a movie with the family. I'm looking to replace it with a used 7.1 but am on a limited budget. Maybe $2-300...maybe a tad more if necessary. I've been out of touch with technologies for a while. Here is my setup. My front speakers are my beloved KEF floor towers, a Velodyne subwoofer and JBL rears. I'm not interested in adding the 6 and 7 speakers right now, but will in the near future. I ran across an NAD on ebay that has my interest and since I have owned an NAD power amp for many years, I know they are quality products. I also ran across this Yamaha (that once listed for $1800) on Craigslist. Anyone have an opinion? Right now, I'm leaning toward the NAD for two reasons. One, the name. Two, it's tested from a dealer. But what features should I look for? HDMI is nice to have, but is it really necessary? The quality is no better than s-video or component. It only adds digital audio in the same cable making it convenient. Let me know, hopefully soon. I can't deal with watching movies through my TV speakers!