After begging, I managed to break my 950/770 combo order and get the 770 shipped early (I didn't get on the list until Jan). It was shipped overnight via DHL ($120, would have been $80 UPS Ground) last thursday but only arrived today. I am going to send a message and see if DHL has a delivery guarantee. Anyway, I am using a Denon 3801 as a preamp while waiting for my 950. Nearly broke my back moving the amp in place. Shipping weight was 105 lbs. Driving Final 0.3s on the corner and a Infinity center. Sounds pretty good, but I am sure that the Denon isn't doing it justice.