Well, I got the new separates set up over the weekend and have auditioned them a bit. They sound great, I am very happy. I think they sound better than my old Uber-receiver Onkyo Integra 919 with external decoders. The set-up is different than I used with the old receiver since I'm now usign the Outlaw ICBM for all my bass management duties betweenthe pre/pro and the power amp. Since my 919 had a preamp out / power amp in loop, I could have done that before, and in fact I should have. I think I have a problem around 70Hz with one or both of my mains, because setting the front L/R pair to 60Hz sound significantly better than setting them at 80, which was the setting on my old receiver. After setting my levels with Video Essentials, I auditioned some DVD-Audio and DAD (96/24 DVD-Video) material and it sounds very very good. Perhaps better than the 919, but it could be in my head because the 919 sounded fantastic also. I then tried some CD audio and MD stuff. I have a switch between the MD and LD for the coaxial input on my pre/pro. What really asounded me was the amazing fidelity of MiniDisc. Particularly MiniDiscs that were recorded analog from LPs. I played my MiniDisc of the Strangler's "The Raven" and I was completely astounded at how good it sounded. I then A/Bed my CD of The Beatles' "Abbey Road" with the MD of my LP (recent repressing). The MD of the LP sounded better than the old Capitol CD. Particularly the highs of cymbals and tambourines. I want to A/B a CD and an MD of the same material and see if I can tell the difference. MiniDisc and ATRAC 4.5 is truly amazing technology. This was the single listening experience that really blew me away, even moreso than the 96/24 DVD material, perhaps because I wasn't expecting it to sound so damn good. Anyway, the Sherwood is nice, but the fit and finish of the AVP-9080 is definitely a big step down from the perfection of the Onkyo TH-SV919THX. The flip down section is unlit and plasticky, whereas the 919's flip-down is lit (a very nice touch) and solid feeling. Also, not all of the buttons on the front of the Sherwood are perfectly aligned with the holes. For instance the "Digital Input" button is a little off to the side compared to the hole it's coming out of. On the 919 everything is absolute perfection. The Sherwood is nicely made, but little things like that are not quite up to snuff with the onld Onkyo flagship. The sound is fantastic, that's really all that counts. The remote and ergonomics are fairly poor, but easily forgivable when taken with the overall audio quality. My 602s really sing with this front end. Phil = one happy boy.