I was interested in the thread regarding specs before it degenerated and had to be closed. Some of the discussion had merit. While I personally have no interest in the receivers discussed on that thread, I am interested in Denon, and it made me take a close look at their specs. What I found is interesting. Here is a quote from one of their fact sheets on the 2802. It is word for word, and pertains to the lower models as well, but I don't know if it applies to any higher models. "All six power amplifier channels provide equal power output devices, and all six amplifier channels provide equal power with the lowest distortion. Each channel is rated at 90 watts, into 8 ohms, from 20hz to 20 khz with no more than 0.05% THD. A hallmark of Denon A/V component design, the equal power amplifier provides outstandingly accurate reproduction of motion picture soundtracks and multi channel music programs." Nowhere on the fact sheet does it claim to make it's rated power with all channels driven. It also says: "Fully discrete, equal power six amplifer channels." Front 90 W+ 90W (8 ohms, 20hz-20khz, 0.05% THD Center 90 W " Surround 90W + 90W " Surround back 90W + 90W "