So after much research (about a month), including this forum, and one sound test comparing the 595 to the 696 to the Denon 1802, I finally bought the 696. HT sounds great (it is all new to me). But I'm concerned about straight stereo. Previous set up was a early 90's Pro Logic vintage Sony, 700 series, about 100/per (don't know the fequency range). My concern is I need to crank up the 696 to about 50-55 (out of 75) (67+%) to get the same volume I got from the Sony at about 50%. I do know we are talking apples and oranges, e.g., the Sony starts distorting at about 75%, where as the Onkyo does not when turned up. But I'm still concerned that I need to crank it so much to get a good high volume. Is this characteristic typical of better built receivers (e.g. Onkyo, Denon)? Or is this a problem with my specific unit?