I currnently have the Sony DE-8?5...It has DTS and DD and puts out around 100x5 (or so it claims). I can hear the hiss of distrotion on the 5ch modes of this receiver. I know it is not up to par with the higher end receivers. I would like a new receiver with DTS and DD but I don't need the new 6 ch setup. Just good 'ole 5.1 will do me fine. I just got back form Cir. City and listened to the HK AVR120 with only 50wpc in stereo and it sounded MUCH better than my 100wpc Sony DE. But it only has 40wx5 in 5.1 mode. I don't know if that will cut it for me. I have been looking at the Denon 1802 b/c it has better power (80wpc) and has pre amp outs for adding a Yammy M85 later for stereo . I would like to spend around 350.00 (new-internet price) on a high quality receiver that sounds great in stereo and HT. Everything I see just doesn't seem to have everything the Denon has like the power and the preamp outs. What else should I look at and how does the build quality of the Denon compare to the Onkyo's, Yammies, HK's, etc....? Thanks for helping a young newbie out!