For a long time (several years), I wasn't happy with the sound from my system. I thought my Energy Take 5's, along with my Yamaha 995 should have sounded a lot better than they did. Then, I discover something about my Toshiba DVD player. I was bored, waiting for my wife to come back from a potty break while watching a movie, and started flipping through the DVD player menu. I discovered that it had a feature called "Dynamic Range Control", and it was defaulted on. I turned it off, and WOW, what a difference. That's what my system was supposed to sound like. Now, I need to re-calibrate my speakers, because the sound is out of balance. But man, it sounds much better. Only took me a couple years to discover it!