Sorry I had to post outside the thread. There's something wrong. My reply doesn't get through so I tried posting a new message. Okay, I'm almost convinced. Can anyone give me advice? My present receiver is an Onkyo DS838 that is rated at 90w/ch L,C,R and 50w/ch RL,RS. I already have a pseudo-EX set-up connected so my surrounds are, in a way, externally amplified. I'd like to buy a stereo amp for external amplification of my fronts. Any guidelines/advice I need to follow? (how many watts at least? recommended brands? brands to stay away from?) I'm concerned I might get a stereo amp that performs not as well as the Onkyo's. Thanks!