Just wanted to thank all those who replied to my quest for a new A/V receiver. I think I found a great deal! I am purchasing an HK avr525, less than a year old, still has the film covering the faceplate, in perfect condition for $500 including shipping. Can't wait to receive it!. You all were right about the wattage comparisions between HK and other vendors. I went and listed to the 525, which at 70w x 7, just blows away my Sony Strde545 at 100x5. Must be a reason why the thing weighs 40lbs!. Anyway, thanks everyone for all the great feedback!!