First off hello to all you. Im new here and theres so much info im going into overload mode. So i need some direct input on my reciever. I have a Kenwood VR-2090 I bought it when it was semi new to the market. Its pretty old and technology has moved light years since it came out. Ive noticed that some DVDs sound great at all levels(usually Pixar,THX stuff) but some movies(the Matrix in peticular) i can barely hear the dialogue. My girl keeps telling me to turn it up to hear what some movies are saying, then i have to lower it because the car crashes and special fx get to loud. I also am noticing i have to turn it up more to get any real sonic impact in the day time. Is this a sign of my reciever going bad? I did a test on all my speakers(all are Infinety. RS5 towers,CC3 center,QPS quadrapole surrounds) and there is nothing wrong with them. All cables are Monster THX. The point is I think I need to get a new one anyways, so what do you guys think is the best one thats under 1200.00. And is it true you can take your componet cables of your progressive scan dvd player,plug them all into the newer recievers and route just a SINGLE cable to your TV and still get the same output quality? Anyways thanks for helping out a fellow couch jockey!