Well I set out Friday to purchase the Pioneer Elite 45TX. All the local dealers were out of stock do to the labor strike. Being the inpatient person that I am I went looking for something else. I was close to buying a Denon 1082 or Yamaha 2300. Then I went to another store and found what I was looking for and bought it. The Harman Kardon AVR525. Yeah!!! Went and purchased too more back channels to go along with it and hooked it up in the 7.1 configuration. First impression was this thing is heavy! I’m going to have to get used to the controls. OSD is only through s-video which is a pain in the ass, but I’ll live with it. The cooling fan pumps out some air when it turns on but is noisy. It just sounds like it is moving a large amount of air. I’ve had a chance to watch the DVD’s Mr. Deeds and the first scene of LOTR. Also the satellite broadcast of The Last Castle (only part of it) and all of Changing Lanes. The movies I watched in DD EX and TV in Logic 7 7.1. Well I can say that I wasn’t wowed like I thought I would be, but it definitely is a step up from what I had. My previous receiver was a Kenwood VR-4080. The sound on the H/K is much, much cleaner and very detailed. Volume is not a problem either. LOTR at -15 was VERY loud. I like my movies loud but that was probably louder than I would watch the movie at. The front channels are incredible and Logic 7 really makes the rear channels come alive. Logic 7 has been impressive so far. Watching Changing Lanes was like a DVD. The Logic 7 sound processing is awesome. The only music I’ve heard is from the movies and it sounds great. Tomorrow I’ll listen to some music and watch some more movies. Give it a more thorough testing. So far I think it’s a keeper.