I got the upgraded Soundstage from Aragon 3 days ago. Sounds great and works flawlessly. Three 1M balanced cables for my front 3 channels ensure a tight, solid, noise-free connection. In the past 5 months, my prepro path has been: MC1 >> stock Aragon Soundstage >> Aragon Stage One >> Parasound psp1500/pdd1550 combo (temporary) >> upgraded Soundstage. To my ears, this is the best my system has ever sounded (except for a tube preamp for 2 channel music!). The Soundstage will stay in my system for a very long time. My audio is pretty much done Video is my next step; if someone buys my Michael TLV ISF'd Toshiba 56H80, then I'm going front projector! A good friend of mine bought my Stage One, and loves it. I choose the upgraded Soundstage because: I don't like the way THX processing sounds in my system, I think the Soundstage has a little bit better analog section, and I saved a few hundred bucks. For Aragon Soundstage owners considering the upgrade; if you're gonna be in 5.1 for a long time, I'm not sure $800 plus $60 shipping (and being without your prepro for 3-4 weeks) is worth it...mostly for DPL1 to DPL2 (and the new digital section). If you have a 6.1/7.1 setup and/or need component video switching, then give Aragon tech a call. Even though the original upgrade deadline was 6/30/03, they will process upgrades as long as they still have the parts (ie, upgrade kits that must be purchased in bulk). In fact, Aragon underestimated the number of ACT3 upgrades and had to order a large number of kits in May.