Yes, I prefer what many of you run away from. My listening tastes lean more towards 80-85% HT and 15-20% Music listening. I am of the few that love a tinge of brightness for my HT listening and especially music. I absolutely despise dull sounding upper frequencies that are typical w/ what many characterize as a "warm" sound. The only receiver that ever had the best of both worlds in terms of HT and music is the Sony DA777ES receiver which many (including professional reviewers) refer to as the best multi-channel receiver ever made. As a former owner, I happen to agree. Anyway, I will be replacing my Yamaha receiver w/ another receiver to handle preamp duties w/ my Acurus A125X5 amp. I am looking at the Harman Kardon AVR320, Sony DA5ES, or possibly another Yamaha receiver. I am really interested in the HK and Sony. I know the Sony will sound fine, but what about the preamp section of the HK AVR320? Will it give me the sound I'm looking for? Either way, and just for future reference, what gear from your personal experience would you refer to as being definately bright? And don't forget to comment on the HK AVR 320. Thanks.