First post! I've been reading this forum for a long time and recently purchased a home theater setup, opting for good closeout deals and planning to upgrade piece by piece later. I moved up from a Sony $200 HTIB so needless to say it's a dramatic improvement already. Here's the setup: Denon 1603 Receiver ($199 from 6th ave) M&K V-75 MK-II Sub ($302 closeout from Great Indoors) Ascend Series 3000 = 2 x HTM-200 and 3 x 340-series (~$1000) Since my old setup was so poor I was about 98% movies and 2% music, but now I'm probably closer to 70%/30% since everything sounds good. I never usually turn the volume past -15 when watching movies so it's not terribly short on power. Is it really that dramatic of an improvement going up to a receiver in the $600-$1000 range? Does it sound that much cleaner and is the power really necessary? With my current listening room I won't be adding a 6th or 7th speaker due to the fact that it opens up to the kitchen/breakfast area and isn't wired for it. I really don't want to pay for features I won't be using...extra channels, processing modes I'll never use, etc...so I'd probably be looking for an older/discontinued DD/DTS/PLII 5-channel model that's high quality and priced to move. Suggestions are welcome... I don't think I'd get much out of going to separates because frankly I'm not into the type of music that lends itself to critical listening. Thanks for the help!