I have 4ohm ADS towers in front with Defitnive procinema surrounds(4-8ohm rating for the speakers). I need a receiver that can DRIVE my ADS towers which are very power hungry. I have a Pioneer receiver(non-Elitle) which keeps dying on me, it can't handle the low impendance, so at loud volumes, it shuts off. Will the Denon 2802 handle 4ohm speakers better than the Onkyo 696 or visa versa? DTSES is not a priority, although it would be nice. If one was to say the Onkyo 696 had better low impendance drive capability, I would surely choose it, but if the 2802 could handle it better, it would hands down be the 2802. I also feel that the 2802 probably would have better build quality since it is made in Japan and in light of the Onkyo 676's center channel cut out and receiver failures. By the way, I just caught the typos on the topic heading, sorry.