Hey guys, haven't posted in a long time, but I was getting all excited about the new Sony ES line of receivers, with their digital amp technology, it seemed to be the advent of a new era... then I saw the THD numbers, which were HIGHER on the higher-end models than on the non-digital-amplified base STR-DA1000ES. Weird, but I decided to wait and see (or hear) before judging. They look great, and as can be expected from Sony, offer a very complete range of setup options and features. One day I show up for work at the store, and lo and behold, there was a brand-new STR-DA2000ES installed in the sound room! Now I had heard a lot of raving comments from people here on the Sony S-Master digital amps, so I was expecting something good. But my coworkers, who took a listen before me, told me the unit sounded like crap! So I went and made sure the settings were the same, matched the volume, put both units in stereo mode with sub on, and proceeded to do an A-B comparison using CD music. Well gosh darnit, the Sony did sound like crap compared to the Denon AVR-2803 I used as comparison! It sounded ok on its own, I guess, but when we switched to the Denon unit, BAM!, there was the real sound we should have been hearing... So I guess that's a disappointment, except if I got a faulty unit, which is doubtful because everything worked properly, or if the Sony digital amps need a lot of break-in time. I thought the contrary, because of the digital amps and all, but hey, I can be wrong... So anyone else take a listen to those units? Is the STR-DA2000ES an exception, or is it representative of the rest of the Direct Drive Digital amplifiers in the new Sony ES receivers?