Hello everyone, I am currently shopping around and have narrowed my search to a new Pioneer Elite 43tx or a refurb HK 525. I have listened to each and like both, but am a bit confused as to which one will be better. My current speaker setup is as follows: Fronts -- Klipsch SF2's Center -- Klipsch SC1 Surrounds -- Klipsch SS1's Sub -- JBL PSW1000 As I said, I have listed to both receivers running Klipsch Reference series speakers, but not the Synergy series speakers. My reason for upgrading is the brightness that results when pairing my speakers with my current Yamaha receiver (HTR-5460). From a brightness point of view, I have assumed that the Reference and Synergy speakers will be the same, but please correct me if I am wrong. The system is used primarily for television and movies with only a bit of music mixed in (ratio -- 95% HT, 5% music). I have come up with several questions that I would like your advice on. 1. The 43tx is rated at 100 WPC and the HK at 70. I know that HK underestimates the WPC, but I don't know what the Pioneer will deliver. My room is only about 12' x 15' so I don't necessarily need the power, but it is nice to have in reserve should the system ever get moved to a larger room. My question, is what is the actual WPC put out by the 43tx when driving all 7 channels? 2. The 43tx does not state that it is capable of DTS 6.1 matrix, only 6.1 discrete. Is this true, and if so, is it something that should sway me toward the 525 (as it is capable of both)? 3. When I upgrade to one of these two receivers, I will be adding two rear surround speakers. I would like to stay with the Synergy series speakers, but don't know which speaker to choose. Should I go with a pair of SS1s or a pair of SC1s? (Sorry for asking this question here instead of the speaker section, but it seemed to fit with this thread) 4. A new 43tx is going to run me around $500 while a refurb 525 will run around $600. I have never had very good luck with refurbs in the past and would like to avoid a refurb 525, but will take the plunge if you all have had good luck with refurb HK's. 5. Finally, a general question as to which of the two receivers you would purchase if faced with the choice (taking all factors into consideration) and why? Thank you very much for your advice. It is greatly appreciated.