We had a receiver before, but it was almost ten years old, so of course it only had Dolby Pro-Logic. It was a Sony, but it was a piece of crap! It was decent when it was new, but after just a few years, several of the input jacks ceased to function, so it got to the point where we had only one device connected. We had to unplug the VCR, CD Player, Tape Deck, etc. I was finally so fed up that I decided to finally purchase a new Receiver. I purchased the Pioneer DSX-D411, and I love it. I also bought my first Monster Cable. I haven't connected the VCR yet, because the RCA cable was not long enough, but I don't use the VCR too much. The only time I have used it in recent years was when I watched the Star Wars Trilogy (WS) about a year ago. Now that we can connect the VCR to the surround speakers, I will be able to watch it more often. So far I am very happy with this receiver, even though it was a budget component. I think the sound is great. I am not an audiophile, so I am probably not the best one to review the sound quality, but my brother is somewhat of an audiophile, and he thinks the sound is pretty good as well. The setup was a little bit complicate, but then again I have never really connected these before, except for the Sony, but it didn't have hald the input jacks this one does. I am still trying to learn how to set it up. The intructions are a bit hard to understand. If anyone has any links of interest that might help with the settings, I would appreciate it. I just wanted to post because I am so excited, I actually have a Home Theater System now, instead of just a television set with speakers! I would also like to say how pleased I am with Pioneer. My DVD player is also a Pioneer, and even though it was under $100, I am very happy with it's performance. If anyone else is looking for a good quality budget Receiver, the DSX-D411 is a good choice!