1st post here -- this is a great forum. Looking for ideas now to take the next steps. First jumped into HT back in early '96 when I laid out for an H/K AVR80 receiver(DPL only w/5.1 inputs), AR338 mains, AR228 surrounds, a/d/s ms3/u sub. Then got shellshocked when the external DD decoder came out for a mere $800. Ummm, I'm waiting on that one still ;o) Of course these decoders came down in price. Then DTS surfaced, and I waited on that too. Believe it or not, the single most reason I'm back in serious buying mode now is DPL II -- for our DirecTv, NFL Sunday Ticket, lotsa PPVs on S-VHS tape. I will finally get a DVD player to watch on the Mits 4:3 RPTV (s-vid in only), and look forward to watching some DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 DVDs (though few today) -- talk about your late adoption of technology, huh?! Recommend an under $300 DVD player that offers decent interlaced viewing (we're keeping the non-HDTV Mits for another 3-4 years ). I'm considering another flagship 6.1 or 7.1 receiver, or a lesser receiver and pairing it with a multichannel amp. My thinking is after 2 years something else will come along that I may want and rather than taking a larger loss on a flagship receiver when trying to sell, I think the hit might be less on a lesser receiver (this is highly debatable). Any serious performance hits on the amp-to-receiver-pre-outs setup? Any good (or bad) experiences to share? All my HT stuff hangs out in a very open floorplan (main room opens to large adjacent room) -- total room size = 28'x15'. I'm happy enough with the speakers and sub for now (especially the sub!). The HT is for 90%HT/10%music. Most music listening is done from adjacent rooms while working or cooking, etc. Would probably enjoy multi-channel stereo DSP and DPL II on a new receiver. By the way, the HK AVR80 is sufficient for the room we're in -- but I would like to either stay at the same performance level, or take a small-step up in terms of performance/refinement. Thanks for the insight.