I have been reading this forum (and others) for over a month now and have gained a wealth of information in my quest to rebuild my HT system. My current system is about 10 years old, so it's time for an upgrade. Some info: I will use the system 75% HT and 25% music (rock mainly). My room size is 19'x 24' with sloping ceilings (8'-6" to 11'-6") I recently added a subwoofer (Velodyne SPL1200 which has added some paint peeling bass)Current components are Yamaha RX-V870 receiver, Sony DVP-C650D dvd player, Speakers: Mirage M490 fronts, Mirage M90i rears, Mirage MCC-R center. New speakers are also on my list and I am leaning towards the B&W 601-602 S3 series. My total budget for new receiver, dvd player and speakers is $4000. As for the receiver I have narrowed it down to 3 models. I have auditioned them all (in 3 stores, 2 with the B&W's)and I am not HT smart enough to notice the differences. I am in the $1200 and under price category. Pioneer Elite VSX-45TX - This is the front runner. I like the sound, features, ease of use, MCAAC, the remote, the looks. I heard this one with the B&W's. I also looked at the DVD player DV45A, but am troubled by the bad reviews. One dealer (who also sold the Denon 1600) said both were very good and said he has never had any complaints on the 45A. The dealer also recommened the Integra DTR7.3 with alot of bells and whistles, but I really did not like the look. (I know, but I do have to look at it also) Sounded great. Another possibility. Rotel RXS-1055- I like this one also, except for the remote. I heard this one with the B& W's. I was a bit turned off by the dealers lack of interest in my business. Denon 3803 - I liked this one also. Heard it with Klipsch. For some reason this dealer seemed more into the Pioneer. I also am interested in the Denon DVD 1600. I realize it is not important to match components but hey...Anyway, I believe any would make decent choice. I read most threads I just was looking for some validation and opinions. I know its down to my ears. Thanks.