I am an HT neophyte, putting together a new system on a budget of about $1700, with $500-600 alloted to the receiver and the balance alloted to the speakers (have DVD player already). I am setting up a 5.1 channel system, but I want a 6.1 capable receiver for the future (I will live with the receiver for 2 yrs+). I also want PLII as a feature because I will run some analog sources. Speakers will be bookshelf and/or micro sized, most likely either Paradigm or Energy (see other post). I have narrowed my receiver choices to the following: Outlaw 1050 ($499) Pros: Great reviews, supposed to have top sound in this price class. Great build quality. Cons: Cannot preview the sound (online purcahse only), does not support DTS ES, ugly face plate. Denon 2802 ($510) Pros: Has all the features I want, solid reputation. I previewed it and it sounds good. Cons: poor remote. Onkyo 696 ($580) Pros: Solid reputation, sounded slightly better than 2802 (but speakers were different in my screening), great remote. Cons: no 6.1, slightly more expensive. Any suggestions would be great. Also, I would consider moving up to the Denon 3802 ($690) but I see very little difference in the spec. sheet between the 2802 and 3802. That would reduce my speaker budget by $200. Is it worth it? Another remote consideration is the Onkyo 797 ($730).