First off let me just say that if it was not for this forum I probably would have never considered upgrading it in the first place as I have been fairly happy with it, “It” being my three and a half year old Sony STR-DE545 receiver that I paid $300 for. This summer I was planning on upgrading my subwoofer, receiver, DVD player and buying an HDTV. Well I already upgraded my Sony SA-WM40 sub to an HSU STF-2, the STF-2 was a great deal and a definite improvement over the Sony, plus now I get to bring the old Sony to college and hook it into my PC speaker system so I will still get use out of it. I still plan to buy an HDTV with the $850 of store credit that I have at Circuit City (from my old WEGA that broke), and I will probably still get a $300 progressive scan DVD player to go along with my HDTV, and give my current DVD player to my dad (who still does not have a player). I was planning on spending $500 on a new receiver as well, but I have now decided against it. Here are the main reasons why. -My Sony is still working fine and I have not run out of inputs “yet” -While an improvement in sound quality may be heard it will not be major -I will have no use for the old Sony if I upgrade it -I go to college, therefore would not get much use out of it, as all of my “HT” stays home -$500 is a decent chunk of money for me to drop The more I thought about it I just did not see enough of a reason to drop $500 on an upgrade that may leave me thinking, “did I really need this”. I know that many here think that the DE line of Sony receivers is trash, but for me it has been reliable and gets the job done fine. The only benefit I feel I would gain from a new receiver is more inputs and features that I do not really need at this moment. It would not be as gratifying of an upgrade as going from my Sony sub to the HSU or going from SDTV to HDTV. So I have decided to put off upgrading my receiver until about a year or two when I plan to buy all new speakers (except the sub), I figure that will be a better time to get a new receiver, by then new models will be out with more features for less, I will want a new AVR to better power the nicer speakers that I will be getting, and will possibly need component switching by then. Where as if I get a new receiver now, I may want to upgrade again in a few years when I am buying new speakers anyway. What is the point of this post? I guess no point, but it shows that you CAN fight the “up-grade bug” and learn to me happy with your modest gear as I have.