Hi all, I continue to listen to systems in this range and continue to be confused. Different set-ups make it near to impossible to 'hear' much of a difference (different listening rooms, input devices, speakers, cables etc.). Demoing multiple AVRs here at home is not viable either as my current 2 (main)speakers are destined for the garage with the rest of my current system. Also the time to set-up/test/tear-down/return/start over just isn't there, nor would I be able to tell much with a delay between each testing session. The goal is 60/40 music/ht. I'd like to use a HTPC (Sony Viao RZ34??)as a jukebox and CD/DVD creator (compile different groupings of music for trips, skiing, etc.)to input into the AVR and would like to mate this all up to a pair of paradigm Monitor 9 mains, CC370 center, ADP370 surrounds, and a PW2200 sub. If my ears at 43 are something less than audiophile-tester sensitive , I suppose features become a little more important than having the ultimate in frequency response and thd. I'm a busy guy with family, work etc. and try to read and educate myself as much as I can - especially on this excellent board - but after about a year of research the systems mentioned above are as close as I've come to making a buying decision. My listening room at home is about 22'x24' with high ceilings and a couple of large (8') openings into the entry and dining rooms on a slab foundation. I may add back surrounds to fill in the sound field some day so 6.1/7.1 capability in the AVR would be good. I would like to use a digital connection from the HTPC to the AVR rather than regular composite/RCA type connectivity. Thanks for your help - any advice other than "just go buy something" which I already get plenty of would be most appreciated! Again kudos to such a great resource - this forum is outstanding!!