Hey everyone, I think I have decided to go with a Sony ES receiver/DVD player in August for my new home to match the Sony plasma 42" I have my eye on right now I think it will be either the 2es, 3es, 4es, or 5es, depending on what their availability on the used market will be in 6 months and if I have talked myself into "needing" 6.1 or 7.1 over 5.1 by then. My question is, by this point in time how much will receivers have changed? It seems all of these companies are quickly putting out recivers by the truckload every few months (such as HK with their '10, '20, and '25 series receivers, all of which are almost identical with the exception of a few such as the 325 and 525 adding extra channels). Will receivers change much by August? Or even summer of 2004? Are manufacturers just going to keep adding more channels? Doesn't seem they can do much benefit to receivers as now 192khz processing seems as good as needed, 7 channels is about all we need without a major revamp of surround sound technology itself...and it will be tough for manufacturers to squeeze more watts into receivers to be beneficial enough for a consumer to hear a difference (and they haven't changed much in wattage over a product line of receivers in the past five years or so. The top of the line ES receiver still puts out 120 per channel, etc.). So I want to hear some speculation for 6 months, 1 year, and infinite time about where the surround sound industry is headed, mainly concerning receivers. Basically, are we in a day and age where manufacturers are perfecting current product lines faster than indirect associations are pulling out new technologies to call for new product lines?