As I move up into the world of seperates and the quality bar is raised bit by bit (No pun intended), I am noticing a real trend. I am noticing that DTS soundtracks encoded at the 754kbps bit rate sound very compressed and shrill in the upper frequencies. So much that it can be ear-shattering at times. It makes for a very unpleasant experience. I really began to notice this with the inclusion of a Rotel RSP-976 as my pre/pro. I noticed this to some extent with my old Sherwood Newcastle AVP-9080, but not to the extent that could actually pinpoint half-rate DTS as the culprit.(FYI, I power my Rotel with a Carver 806x amp, and have Def Tech speakers.) The Rotel is no doubt the "brightest" processor I have owned, and is very, very detailed and revealing of the source element. It is an excellent processor, and plays in general with a tonal balance and a dynamic range that is unsurpassed by anything else I have owned. Dolby Digital soundtracks shine on this unit- they have never sounded better. DTS soundtracks encoded at the full bit-rate shine as well- they are outstanding- perhaps the most outstanding soundtracks I own. But these half bit-rate DTS discs are really bothersome in their harshness. Has anyone else experienced the same? Of course, all of our equipment varies, likewise every user experience is different and incomparable in the strictest sense. I at first thought ALL DTS tracks were the problem, and that the problem must lie in my processor. But when I discovered that full bit-rate DTS does not exhibit the same problematic behavior, I all but ruled out my processor, although I admit that it might still be a contributing factor- I am fairly sure it is not, though. Not all half bit-rate DTS tracks are as bad as others, though. Some are listenable, others are not. They all share this bright, shrill compression-like harshness in the upper end, though, to one degree or another. Yes, even the refernece track Saving Private Ryan DTS. It is one of the least of the offenders, granted, but it still offends. Waiting to hear your responses. Andrew B.