After using receivers exclusively for over two decades, I had the opportunity to get an amp for a very good price. I didn't hesitate in getting this Earthquake Cinenova Grande in my HT ASAP. It is a 5 channel 300W into 8 ohms monster. It weighs over 130 lbs. and was a total bitch to get upstairs to my main floor. It comes in a crate that is reminiscent of the Ark of the Covenant's government box. I had a female UPS driver somehow get it up my very steep driveway solo. My wife totally gave up on it and waited until I got home. It is an incredibly sturdy crate with metal latches and hinges...rope handles and metal strapping. When I uncrated it, I saw a giant amp that weighs a ton. It definitely weighs more than my wife. Despite the instruction manual's strong recommendation to have two people on hand, I brought it upstairs by myself. As can be seen in my HT link, I have a few receiver options to hook this into. I decided to put it into my main HT with a Denon 4802 and an Atlantic Technology 450THX speaker system. When I did an SPL check it was surprisingly almost dead on...only one minor adjustment. In my opinion, I noticed a difference that was very pleasing to my ears. There seemed to be more subtlety and detail in movies and CDs that I listened to recently. I must add though that the improvement, in my opinion, was not drastic. If I didn't get such a fantastic price, I might have passed on the separates route. Since I did get great pricing, I am glad that I have this upgrade.