I finally got the system wired up and I must say that I'm very impressed with the sound. It has so much more thump than my old THX select certified reciever. I couldn't be more impressed. After all the planning and decision making, I'm really happy with the decision to go with seperates by Outlaw as opposed to going with a THX ultra reciever. I don't think the Pioneer Elite VSX 49 THi I heard at electronics Expo has anything on my Outlaw system. I am aware that the room I heard the Pioneer in is completely different than my room, but that should favor the Pioneer if anything. My room is problematic at best. If anyone is thinking of giving the Outlaw system a shot, I say DO IT!