OK--new receiver (DENON AVR-1705, 75w/ch) and ... new questions of course I've found that a pleasing volume level rates a "-25" or so on the volume scale on the receiver. The receiver goes from -70 to +18. Also, the speakers are set to "large" b/c if I set them to "small" the bass sounds too localized. So that means the bass is reproduced in the speakers as well (doesn't that mean the amp has to work harder?). Now, I realize that's cranking it a bit (or is it lol), but then I thought that part of the reason you buy a higher quality receiver is for its better circuitry and power handling, so it's less likely to send a clipped signal. After a movie, the receiver is warm, but nowhere near as HOT as my Sony htib receiver. **Is this a good sign that the receiver/amp isn't being overburdened? I also don't hear any distortion/fuzziness from speakers at anytime during playback at this volume. BTW: My L/R fronts are JBL E80s (sensitivity at 91db), and an EC35 for center (91db sensitivity). ***So basically my main question: at these levels and with my new, better receiver, ARE MY SPEAKERS SAFE FROM DAMAGE?