OK, just ordered my first Dolby Digital/dts/Dolby Pro-Logic II receiver. Ordered a refurbished TX-DS494 directly from Onkyo for $261.00 including shipping and a 2 year Onkyo extended warranty (for a total of 3 years). I could've went with a brand-new SR-500 for about $10.00 more but that receiver doesn't include a phono pre-amp, which I will use in the future. Man....the anticipation! When the DS-494 arrives, it will only be used to powered the L/R speakers (that's all I have right now) with a Sony NS-500V DVD/SACD player and a Panasonic Hi-Fi VCR. For now, that is. Thanks for everybody's comments and expertise on this forum.