Hi all. I am new to this forum and have been out of the A/V scene for a number of years. I have, however, been browsing this forum over the last week and I think it is the best source of information on the net for A/V. I am trying to decide between these receivers: 1)Marantz SR8200 2)Sony DA5ES 3)Yamaha RX-V3200 My use is: HT 80% and music 20%. My current system consists of Bipolar speakers (Def Tech BP8s, CLR 2002, and BP2s). My current receiver is an older Yamaha. I have a 5.1 system but would like to add back surrounds in the near future. I am undecided on 1 or 2 back speakers, but am aware that the receivers I am looking at all have 6 amps. I will however consider a 7 channel reciever if I can stay around $1000 in price without sacrifycing quality of sound or many features, otherwise I would use one of the above as a pre/pro in a few years. Plus, I really like the idea of the rs-232c port on each of the above. Of the three above, I have only compared the Sony (HT only). I put it up against one of my previous runners; Onkyo/Integra (Model: Integra 7.2). The Integra's dialog sounded muffled and explosions during the movie U-571 became distorted at high volumes where as the Sony 5ES was crystal clear and seemed to convey more detail in all channels. (I'm sorry I don't know the technical jargon for what I am trying to explain, but I do have an excellent ear for sound and I am learning the A/V speak.) Possibly Onkyo's higher model tx-ds898 would be a better comparison. I cannot find all three brands in a store near me so I would appreciate any opinions and comparisons on features and sound that are offered. Thank you.