I have upgraded to three different onkyo systems within the last eight years. Not cause something went wrong with them but because of the options that onkyo puts out with their systems. I now have the HTB 777 which can be had for less than 500.00 on sale at circuit city from time to time. I don't see spending astronomical amounts of money on these theaters. This unit does everything I want and then some. It gets as loud as I can stand it and sounds awesome. I'm just an Onkyo fan and have been for a long time. Hope this helps.
My use will be primarily for home theatre with a DVD/VCR player recorder and eight year old Proscan (for now). I'm concerned about the complexities and many problems with Onkyo speakers I read about and the lack of an S-video connection on the Yamaha. Any thoughts on which might work better and be easier to set up and use would be very helpful. This is my first foray in this direction although I do have a separate low hi-end stereo set up with CD player which I will continue to use for serious music listening.
Many thanks for your help. I sure need it!