today at a local dealer. I went in and asked him to recommend a receiver. Immediately he pointed toward the Denon. He used Spiderman as a demo dvd (I asked to used Gladiator or any 6.1, but they did not have one). He chose Klipsch RF3, Klipsch center & the triangle shaped Klipsch rears (forgot the center & rear model #'s). It was only a 5.1 setup. The Denon sounded ok, then we switched to the Pioneer, it sounded ok, then we went to the Sony. Imediately BOTH of us noticed the more detailed surrond sound. We found several instances where the Sony detail was tremendously greater than the Denon & the Pioneer. We kept going back and forth using the same movie sequences. All of the receivers were set to "flat" (0) channel levels. I have no idea if this is the correct way to audition these units, but the sales person wasn't the most knowledgable. Each unit was set to auto decoding, with the surronds also set to auto decoding. The difference was very noticable in the surronds and even the center channel. Has any else found this to be true or is something wrong here? I thought that both the Denon and the Pioneer were supposed to be superior to the Sony in all aspects, especially in processing.