Well if you would have told me I would have the gear I have now and looking at other gear as well about 1 year ago I may have said ya right. So for about the past 10 years or so I have done tones of research and gone and demoed gear on many occasions. But then I decided I really wanted to upgrade my Pioneer SC-05 that did not have 4K video switching. The Pioneer Elite stepped in and took over the duty from my Yamaha RX-V995 that did a great job for about 14 years! But I started looking and it was more than just upgrading for 4K switching. I wanted a better quality amplifier section and better room correction among other things. I also knew that I wanted Dolby Atmos and DTS-X but then Marantz had everything I wanted and I kept hearing about Auro 3D! And I knew even though Yamaha continued to make great receivers and Denon was also a great choice among other brands. The more I looked into Marantz and what was under the hood of there receivers I was looking at a Marantz SR-7012. I then kept looking at the SR-8012 and viewed the bench test video and the review from Gene DellaSala of Audioholics! I also had alot of help from a good friend Jon Gomes who is my go to consultant and who has never steered me wrong! It was then I made my decision to not buy the Marantz SR-7012 but go all out for the Marantz SR-8012! I could have gone all out for the 13 channel Denon and I am sure that is a great receiver but I can not say how happy I am with the 11 channel Marantz. This receiver has made a big difference in my home theater! The next big change in my home theater was my display and I new that after expeincing a few glitches with my Samsung 4K UHD TV that it was time. But what should I get? Should I get a LED TV with a larger screen size? That honestly was not a great choice because I do not have the room to move the equipment rack to gain the space for a wider display! The Samsung was not HDR and defiantly did not have Dolby Vision. The Marantz SR-8012 is compatible with HDR and Dolby Vision and IMAX Enhanced. So the logical choice was I need something that is going to give me the best quality picture I can get from my 4K UHD Blu-ray player or any other video source. I looked at offerings from Samsungs QLED models and LG Led TV's and even Sony LED TV's. And in the past I honestly wouldn't have touched an LG TV and wouldn't want one if you gave it to me. But like many things I could see things at LG changed and I purchased a 43" LG 4K UHD TV that I use with my pc. But I wanted something better than what my LG HDR 4K display was going to bring to the table for my home theater. I looked at LG and Sony OLED 4K displays and once again talked with my friend and consultant Jon. I also watched reviews and did research on tv's and what my friend said weighed in for what I was going to get. Then Value Electronics had there 2019 TV shootout and it help lock in the TV I had chosen with the help of the input I got from my friend. I had chosen the Sony XBR55A9F 55" 4K UHD OLED TV! The next move was to upgrade my surround speakers to Klipsch RP-600M's and I also got speaker stands so they would be at the correct height when sitting watching movies. I am still in the middle of moving to Klipsch sound to to with my vintage Altec Lancing Voice Of The Theaters and for now I am keeping the HSU VTF-3 MK5HP Subwoofer. I am planning to do a review on the Sony OLED and also the future Emotiva three channel power amp! But over the past year my home theater has gone through a great transformation and has been elevated to a much better home theater. This is all being tied together with AudioQuest cables to make sure the sound is not effected in a negative way and that I have good quality cables. I hope that this might inspire others to build the home theater of there dreams and to let others know that even if you have to save and get things one at a time you can do it and you will love the results of your hard work! It is very satisfying to sit down to a system that gives you that awesome picture and the audio performance to enjoy your movies and or music on. I will also say that the best system is one you love to use! Does it do everything you need it to do or everything you want it to do? It is nice if other people like your system but do you like what you have? This is actually the best time to be in this hobby as we have never had the quality playback that we now have! The quality and flexibility of today's home theater has never been so good!