Hi All, Being the proud owner of a new Sony TAE/TAN combo, as I am learning to 'drive' it, I've come up against one or two questions I was Kinda hopin' some of you more experienced HT geeks out there in cyber HT'erdom might be able to help me with. The Sony has some interesting proprietary technology, via the 'Digital Cinema Sound' whereby the acoustics (ie reverb) of various Sony dubbing/editing movie theatres can be added to the 'pure' sound of unadulterated DD, DTS etc, provided by the Auto decode format facility. Also, another chip handles '3d imaging' whereby it can create the impression of extra 'virtual' speakers etc in the rear, and even give the impression of placement differences re height etc, if the handbook can be believed. What are others opinions of these sort of modes? Are they truly useful, or do they fall into the 'gimmick' basket? Do they add something that's 'better' overall soundwise, or merely different, with performance tradeoffs? Having a bit of a purist 2 channel audiophile background, I'm a bit sceptical, but then HT is a whole different ball game, and I'd appreciate hearing of others thoughts/experiences. Secondly, I'm on a bit of a budget, so I'm running sans centre and sub woofer. I've set all speakers to large, and sub to off, and am getting a very satisfactory sound. However, I'm unsure of what to do with the LFE setting. I was under the impression that this was only for a dedicated sub, but was wondering as I don't presently have a sub, and have set it to off, whether the LFE would then be redirected to all the other large speakers? - all four in my case. In deference to my main HiFi speakers, which I'm using, I've set the LFE to it's lowest position, but have thoughts of doing some careful experimenting re increasing the level slightly to gain some of the LFE, indeed if it is routed to the main speakers when set up as I have done it. The manual makes no suggestion of this, so I was wondering if there are any Sony owners out there who might be able to comment/assist accordingly. Lastly, I have calibrated the speaker levels to 60Db using a radioshack SPL meter, as I find in the confines of a smallish apartment that 75db is a bit loud for domestic use. The dynamic range control offers off, 0.1 - 0.9, STD, and MAX. At the moment I've left it to the default of off, as I'm under the impression that the dynamic range control is most appropriate for quieter night time listening etc, and I don't want to 'knobble' the system, as it strikes me that no compression would be the 'purer' way to go. However, the handbook makes mention of the 'STD' setting being to give the compression that the producer intended, and silly as it may sound, I'm a bit confused by this, as I was under the impression that DVD's didn't have any compression, that being an adjustable feature of the preamp/receiver etc, and mostly for the aforementioned night time role. Am I correct in this assumption though, and importantly, at the levels I'm listening to, would I get a better sound overall by using some compression? As you can tell, I'm a newbie at this, and would value the opinions of those further down the HT learning curve than I.. Hope there'll be some TAE/TAN owners out there, or others with Sony experience who will be able to help. Thanks for listening, Peace to All, John.