OK, here is my situation...right now I run a 5.1 setup with an Anthem MCA-5II amp, Paradigm Reference 40's (front), 20's (back) and the CC with an Anthem AVM-20 processor. In about 9 months, I'm buying a house and moving up to 7.1 functionality. I am pleased with my Anthem amp, but plan to use it running my four surround speakers, leaving one channel free and acquiring a 3 channel amp to drive my main soundstage L/R/C. I am looking for an upgrade from the Anthem in every way...something that will reflect more refinement for music, without compromising detail and energy for HT. I find the Anthem to be a very capable amp, but I think it lacks for music at higher volumes by sounding slightly strained and a little harsh. For HT, I don't notice this as much, but for music I would like something with a slightly "warmer" sound and a little more body (I know these are vague terms in the audiophile world). I would be willing to go 5 channel, but prefer a 3. Ones I am considering are the Pass Labs X3, Aragon 8008x3, Odyssey Stratos HT3 and the Earthquake Cinenova Grande. Not sure if the Odyssey would be the upgrade I'm looking for but people seem to rave about it left and right! Obviously these are not cheap pieces and I would like to take the next 9 months to listen to all 4 if possible and save money. Anyone have any thoughts on these 4 and any others I may not know about? Thanks.