I've been reading this board for several months, and there's one definite constant that I've noticed. It seems like there are a bunch of people who have bought a certain brand of receiver and have then become rabid advocates of that brand, sometimes to the exclusion of rational or constructive discussion. For example, there's one guy who I'm convinced is getting commissions from Denon ... [edited to remove details that might point toward specific member or members]. He's entitled to his opinion, of course, but I've read his story so many times it's starting to sound like a broken record. But more important, this kind of advocacy often comes from left field -- e.g., in response to a post where someone's asking about Sony or Pioneer. Which just doesn't seem constructive. When I first encountered this kind of "enthusiasm," I bought into it pretty hard. I thought, "well, these guys are such advocates, these units must really be something." But the effect is has is that my expectations become so high that when I go into the store to audition a brand, I'm almost sure to be disappointed. I'm then left wondering if these people are also in some way disappointed and feel the need to win over new converts to make themselves feel better. Is this just a reality of these kinds of boards? Are people just trying to make themselves feel better about the $1k they plunked down?