In recent weeks, I've been thinking about replacing my Cambridge Audio A500 integrated amp. While my interest will be primarily 2 channel, I keep thinking maybe it's time for multi-channel. I was looking at the Onkyo SR502 receiver, $250 shipped at J&R, and this looks to be an economic solution. Considering my small room, this receiver will have ample power. One concern that I had was any analog>>>digital>>>analog conversion receivers do on SACD/DVD-A signals when input at their multi-channel inputs. I e-mailed Onkyo.... This is done, apparently, through the "Direct" mode on the receiver. BTW, the receiver also allows the addition of a powered sub in this mode, making it possible for either a 2.1 or 3.1 system.