This weekend I finally got around to making some changes in my rack (this is more of a production than one would think - trust me). In so doing I decided to implement a single Parasound HCA-1201 monoblock for center channel duties, thereby taking off some of the strain on my Denon AVR-5700. A good thing, too, as my room opens up into the rest of the house and the Denon needs to work pretty hard with all that space. The 1201 is located directly behind my center channel (refer to my theater pics). It is connected via IXOS 6002 Super Gamma 7 bi-wire speaker cable and an IXOS 1000 Gamma interconnect. The extra power and isolation of the monoblock amp for the center channel has allowed for greater dynamics for the entire system. Dialogue intelligility has also improved. My primary test sequence was the Saving Private Ryan laserdisc - the opening battle at Normandy. There is more headroom, no sense of harshness, with a feeling that the levels can be pumped up more and more. With all the chaotic acitivity in the other channels dialogue is still clear in the center as the 1201 has, well, nothing else to do. I feel the sound of the 1201 is very similar to the Denon. It seems the addition of more power and isolation from the monoblock are the biggest contributing factors. I'm very pleased with the results. ------------------ --Jay "No one can hear when you're screaming in digital." My Home Theatre Pictures... "You're no mesiah. You're, you're a movie of the week. You're a ... t-shirt, at best."