Been playing with some entry level Sony and Yamaha receivers in the $200-300 range. While I have not really evaluated the sound quality, I can say they are WAY, WAY, WAY underpowered for anything but small satellites in small rooms. Even with the Crossover set at 80 Hz., the receivers run hot and are totally gutless to play in 2-channel on very efficent, easy-to-drive speakers. I just expected a bit better, even at these prices. On the other hand, playing with a Denon 3805 proves beyond all doubt, that you need to COMPLETLY ignore the specs. The Denon had some serious, clean output, while the little guys were straining to reach a decent level. Some of the older 5.1 cheap receivers (like my Sony STR-DE675 (soon to be replaced by a Denon 3805)) have decent output, but it seems in the race to get a 6.1 and 7.1 receiver, lower costs, and add more features, power is absolutly taking a back seat.