The lack of HDMI will retire this unit far before it's time.
31 May 2012
Summary: This receiver is 4 letters from being a 10 star rating: HDMI. Right now, you can configure an excellent system with this unit, providing that you have a television, BluRay player, game console, Cable/DSL box, etc. that have the appropriate ports to allow you to use the 1 or 2 digital / composite ports the 1500 provides. The deal breaker for me was having to use the front port which ruined the aesthetics of the system.