Hi, I'm new to the board so if I say something dumb, feel free to smack me. I have a small pile of cash (about $3K) burning a hole in my pocket. My income is a little sporatic (don't worry, I always have enough to live on but sometimes getting cash for new toys takes longer than I plan) I've looked at getting a nice midranged RP HDTV but am torn between commiting to 720p support or having firewire (mitsu intigrated verse other brands). I'm hoping in another generation I won't have to choose. Anyway, back on topic, I've turned my attention to possibly sinking some real money into a nice 7 channel amp. Unlike preamps and hdtv's, this to me seems like the single most non-depriciating investment I can make at current. But I have a little delema. At current, my system is based around a real POS Sony DB930 receiver (retailed for about $650 3 years ago). My sales rep at Tweeter tried to talk me out of it at the time but I was dumb and woudn't consider a yamaha or denon in that price range cause I wanted the s-link. Don't worry, I know better now. I know the pre/pro section of this thing isn't exactly high end. But the amps are total crap. The question I have is if the pre/pro is good enough that I will notice some decent improvement by adding a real amp. I know it won't be quite like matching it with a B&K ref 50 or anything like that, but I keep telling myself that anything is better than Sony amps even if it still involves Sony pre/pro. My second delema of course then is what amp to get if I go this direction. I've looked at the B&K ref 200.7 (I'm know that's real border on my price but I'm hoping street price I can probably swing it) and I've looked at the AV 125.7 also. These seem fairly similar except for wattage. Are they? I've also looked at the outlaw 770 which to me seems fairly close to the ref 200.7 on paper despite being priced like the 125.7 I was not familiar with Outlaw until I came to this forum but a lot of you seem pretty happy with them. How do these units compare to each other? Are there any others I should look into? Marantz, Sunfire, HK, etc? My audio system consists of: Sony DB930 reciever Mirage OM-10 main speakers, OC-3 center and R2 surrounds, BPS-150i sub. Somewhere in my upgrade path will be a new set of mains (probably either OM-7's or OM-5's) which will move the 10's to surround and the surrounds to effects for the full 7 channels when I move to a real 7 channel pre/pro someday. If you made it to the end of this post, I applaud you. It's probably as long to read as it was to write Thanks for any advice you might have.