After months of research, I've finally scaled near the top of the formidable redoubt of modern HT technology -- only to run smack into the bass-management issue. My question is simply this: which brand of receivers, particularly in the $1200 or less range, handles bass management best? It seems the simple answer is to enable users to set the crossover point on the A/V at 10 Hz intervals. Would that also take care of the issue regarding DVD-A and SACD? Or would the receiver also have to have the option of allowing the owner to shut off the A/V's bass-management system and let them set the crossover point on the sub? I am stunned, even as someone fairly new to HT technology, that the industry let this become a hot issue. Once you get to the "middle-class" audiophile crowd -- those who pay $1000 or so for AVs and can't afford separates -- it would seem like they'd be quite willing to fork over a few more bucks for more control of bass-management.