Never saw a lot of reviews on this unit in any audio mags, or read much about it on ths forum or any others. I have had this unit for 2+ years and I love it! When I 1st hooked it up, every CD I played had new life breathed it them via the 9000's digital input in 2 channel "direct mode." (I have NEVER owned a music only preamp or seperte D/A though) Oh and of course DD, DPL, and DTS sound pretty dang good too! It is kind of outdated now for HT, (No upgrade capability for DTS-EX, DPL2, etc) but I am still DAMN happy w/it! Any other AV9000 owners (or previous owners) out there?