Well, I couldn't stand it any longer. Since it looks like the Outlaw 950 is still a ways off from delivery, I HAD to hear what this Aragon 8008x3 that I just bought sounded like with my NHT 2.5, AC1 and 1.5 speakers. Soo, I pulled out my 10-year-old Pioneer VSX-9700S which, even when it was new, has only served as a secondary system. (I'm not a Pioneer fan. But this receiver was cheap and convenient for a second ProLogic system.) Hooked it up as a preamp going into the Aragon across the front and with my old Carver 705x in the rear. (It formerly powered the front.) To quote the valley girls, OH MY GAAWD! From top to bottom, the fullness, imaging, and detail of the sound just went up several levels of quality. I'm not playing at high levels, in fact, not anywhere near reference level, but I'm hearing such precision and subtlety in the sound. The clarity and presence of solo vocals is remarkable. And even at low level, the bass is tight, solid and, at times, just so subliminally THERE. Stunning. Aragon has a believer. And think how compromised the performance is by this Pioneer receiver. I can only imagine what the Outlaw 950 is going to do. Yipes.