Hello. I have finally narrowed my list of possible receivers down to only two - the Onkyo 595 and their 696. Before I beat myself up any longer trying to make this decision I am wondering if the 595 is even a solid choice for my needs or if I would be better served by something beefier. Yeah, I'm a newbie. :b Can an Onkyo 595 comfortably drive the following speakers: Mains - Polk RT1000i floor standers Center - Polk CS400i Rears - Polk RT55i bookshelf Sub - PSW650 or more likely HSU VTF-2 http://www.polkaudio.com/home/ or might I be asking too much of it? I want to be certain before I buy anything. The room is about 20' x 35'. ------------------------------------------------------ More thoughts for those not minding reading long posts - not necessary to my question though and so feel free to ignore: The extra 2 bills it will cost me to get the 696 allows me more power (100 watts per channel up from 75), preouts, more inputs/outputs, component video switching, a B speaker out so that a pair of speakers in another room can play from another source (no foreseeable use to me though) and even a better remote. Both receivers are 5.1 and so I have pretty much settled on that for the next so many years - I really hope I don't regret it less than three years from now though. The reason for my not simply chosing the 696 over the 595 is that I have no immediate need for the extra I/Os nor the preouts and maybe not even the extra power. I do like future-ability though and that's where those come in. I am also uncertain if the 595 can comfortably drive all of the speakers I have mentioned and if it can't then I would be SOL as it doesn't have preouts to connect an external amp to. So this decision might mean my wasting $400 on a receiver which doesn't do what I need from it (the 595) and therefore having to buy another receiver soon afterwards. ps - I have asked this question at several other forums around the web with no replies. . .which seems odd to me as I thought that it would be a fairly easy question (probably in my ignorance mind you) but apparantly it isn't. Maybe because of the Polk speakers many audiophiles tune out and move on. . .or maybe it's because the 595 will likely struggle with this task and so people can't simply say "no problem" and that's why I can't find an answer. . .hey, just guessing at this point. I do know that the Polks are sensitive speakers and are easy to drive (91 dB) though. Thanks everyone for your time.