I'm in the mood to start considering an upgrade from my Harman Kardon AVR 247. Here's how it all started: I've complained about the SD on DirecTV for quite some time. But this last week I was fiddling with tech and my AV rack just because I could, and found a combination that makes the SD enjoyable if not quite as good as HD. I've been using a Sony DN1000 AVR for a couple years or so, but I had a Harman Kardon AVR247 in a closet because I couldn't get a decent price for it when I tried to sell it. So I thought, what the hell... It's time for a switch up. Swapped out the Sony and put the Harman Kardon back in place. Used an HDMI switcher 'cause the HK has only 2 HDMI ports. That worked fine, but I started playing source resolutions. And what I found was that setting both HRs to 720p and Native Off produced a better picture than 1080i does. I figure that's cause the HK has a Farouda video processor in there for massaging the video. And it only goes up to 720p, in case of 1080i/p, the HK just bypasses. Then I got to thinking, why the heck keep that HDMI switcher in there? It just clutters up the setup, and adds one more thing to glitch, and since I'm not using 1080i, I can use component video out instead with digital audio. Made that switch, put the BluRay and AppleTV (V2) into the two HDMI plugs and all is slick and clean again. So today I started fiddling around and checked out a couple of SD channels and recordings I had made but didn't watch 'cause they sucked so bad, and found that with the setup the way it is, the SD is very good. No, it doesn't make me want to watch only SD, but it is enjoyable for some shows that just aren't in HD on Direct. So now I'm wondering if I should consider the upgrade from a video point of view. I'm perfectly happy with the audio on my Harman Kardon, and frankly if I upgrade it will be with another HK unit as nothing in the price range matches that sweet HK SQ imo. I'm looking at the AVR 2600, which is a model year older than the latest, but it appears to have all I would want, and the price is certainly much better than the newest by a far shot. The 2600 upscales and massages from practically anything to 1080p and my big question is does it do it better than I'm seeing with the 720p the AVR247 is limited to for upscaling/massaging video? And please, don't recommend other brands of AVR as it really isn't a part of the consideration.