Dave, one of our fellow HTF's over here was kind enough to bring his Parasound 1000A over to my house for auditioning. My setup consists of the following: Denon 3802 Paradigm Studio 20's SVS 20-39cs+ / Samson 1000 HTPC / M-Audio Revolution via coax We started off listening to the 20's alone without the sub. We then proceeded to connect the amp using the preouts of my 3802. The first improvement we noticed was that there was more bass. Not sloppy bass at all but nice tight bass that was pretty good coming out of the 20's. Clarity and midrange wise there was a bit of an improvement. The voices coming out of Tegan and Sara's "Living RooM" sounded somewhat more realistic, more there. All the improvements combined though were very subtle and IMO, wouldn't justify me shelling out more cash for an amp of the 1000A's caliber. I mean, i noticed more of an improvement with my upgrade from an Audigy to the Revolution (cost me $170 CAD). I was all hot about getting the Odyssey Stratos but now i'm having some serious second thoughts. With both of the amps i've auditioned with my system (Sunfire, thanks miles and Parasound, thanks Dave) the improvements weren't enough to justify the cost. Could it be that i'm already maxing out the 20's with my 3802? I highly doubt that's the case though. I'm also a person who's all for on huge steps and i frown upon lateral moves. My roadmap before the audition was amp->speaker upgrade->preamp->.... Now i don't know which component i should upgrade next. Should I take the plunge on a $1200 USD amp and hope it will prove its worth once the speaker upgrade comes? Or should I belt out the cash for new speakers and do some more auditioning with amps using the new speakers to see whether it would justify the cost in that setup. It's not that i have money burning a hole in my pocket. I just want to have a decent outline on which upgrade path i should take. The only thing that would really convince me in shelling out some dough for an amp is if someone is *kind* enough to let me demo an amp like an odyssey stratos or some other amp of the same caliber. I'm fairly happy with my setup now since i upgraded my soundcard. But happy enough to quell any major upgrades......hmmm pretty close i guess. btw, thanks again dave for bringing your amp!