I am looking for an entry-level HT setup for my family room and I have decided to go 6.1. For speakers, I will likely be going with the Axiom Epic Micro with an additional QS2 for the center surround. This system will be used 90% with satellite/DVD and 10% with music (mostly in 5.1/6.1 or multi-channel stereo). I have defined my requirements in order of importance as follows: 1) 6 amplified A channels 2) 2 amplified B channels (must be in addition to above, not instead of) 3) S-Video switching (ideally Component Video switching too but its not a show stopper) 4) full set of preouts to give me the option to use it as a pre-pro later 5) Some sort of Dynamic Range Compression to improve low volume listening (don't want to wake up those kids) 6) All the latest surround processing including DPLII, DD, DD EX, DTS, DTS ES, DTS Neo:6. THX is not required. 7) Multi-channel inputs (ideally 6.1) for future-proofing. 8) A learning remote that will allow me to get rid of the sea of remotes hanging around my family room. Nice to have. 9) Phono in would be a nice to have I want to keep the price at or below $869 Canadian. I intend to buy from an authorised Canadian dealer. Here is what I found when I looked around: Sony – The STR-DE985 does not have a full set of pre-outs and does not do DTS ES or DTS Neo:6. JVC – Doesn’t have a 6.1 receiver near my price range. Panasonic - The HE200 looks interesting but it does not have a full set of pre-outs. Denon – The AVR-1803 was the receiver I was waiting for, but I am disappointed. It doesn’t have a full set of preouts. Also, you can't do 6.1 and have an amplified B-channel at the same time. Also, the availble B-channel is mono only. On the plus side, it does have multi-room/multi-source, but as I said, I don’t want to buy a second amp. Marantz – They don’t seem to do amplified B-channels at all in my price range. Harmon Kardon – They don’t have a 6.1 receiver in my price range. Onkyo – The TX-SR600 does not have a full set of pre-outs. Also, I am concerned about the rumours of build quality issues, drop outs, and all-channels driven power that is way below the advertised wattage. Yamaha – The RX-V630 does not seem to do DTS ES and DTS Neo:6. Yamaha says the 630 is “DTS ES Compatible”, not exactly sure what that means, but I think it means DTS ES Discrete is not supported. I am also concerned about the rumours of all-channels driven power way below the advertised wattage. So what I am left with? Drum roll please... 1) Pioneer VSX-D811S – Available for $549 Canadian from an authorized dealer here in Halifax. 2) Kenwood VR6070 – On sale at Future Shop for $765 Canadian. (Note - The VR6060 is cheaper but does not have a full set of pre-outs.) I am leaning toward the Pioneer because it has everything I want, it’s more than $200 cheaper, and it seems to get a lot of great press on the HT boards. So what do you guys think – Pioneer or Kenwood? Also, have I missed something out there that I should be taking a look at? Jeff P.S. - I know this thread is similar to another thread on the board right now, but I did not want to hijack that gentleman's thread.