So I'm looking for an A/V processor in the <$1k range (used is cool). Needs to be up to date on HDMI, Audyssey, etc. Balanced outputs are a big plus. I would also consider going with a full-blown receiver, but it seems that most receivers don't have balanced outputs.
Amp is a Rotel RMB-1095. Speakers are LSiM's.
So far, the Marantz AV-7005 looks good, but I've been living in the 2-channel world for a long time, so I have some catching up to do on processors.
Less expensive recommendations in the $500 range are VERY welcome.
I am currently using an Onkyo TX-SR805 receiver, which is decent, so it's important that the new piece sound substantially better, or else it's not worth upgrading.