I am considering an Onkyo 898 receiver to power a paradigm monitor speaker system (monitor 7, cc-370, mini-monitors, pdr-10 sub). A few questions first: I am replacing a Yamaha 596 receiver which was a good start to home theater, but i want an upgrade in sound (the cheaper Yamaha + Paradigm was quite bright with music) and would like to take advantage of PLII and 6.1/7.1. I have tried 2 receivers so far: Marantz 8200 great for music, very good for movies. Returned due to delay in picking up the digital signal when matched with my Sony DVD player (up to two full seconds, lost signal at layer change). Then tried Denon 3802. Very good for music in direct mode. No digital delay at all. Not bad for movies but slightly dull mid to upper range. Hiss always coming from speakers. Brought in for service for hiss; had trouble with service center and returned item to store. I may get another Denon (from a local, non-chain store) but I want to consider the Onkyo 898. OK, here are my Onkyo 898 questions: 1. Is there a delay in picking up digital signals from DVD player? 2. How bad is the noise floor hiss? 3. I want the sound to be less harsh in the upper range than the Yamaha 596 but more treble detail than the Denon. Does the Onkyo 898 fit the description? 4. Heard about some defect in a unit with analog bass management: Can't set mains to large with sub? Signal still gets directed to sub? is it true? 5. How is the musicality with stereo sources? 5.1 music? 6. Anything else I should know? Thanks!!!!!