This is a discussion-type thread...well, not that ALL threads aren't discussion...anyway, onto the thread. Been checking out HT receivers lately online. Went to Outlaw's site. I have never heard an Outlaw Pre-pro or amp, but the reviews seem good and enough of you guys use them. I know Outlaw has a "lower end line" and then they have the "good stuff" such as the 950. Using the 950 as our example ($800) for essentially an AM/FM tuner/signal processor, can you do better for the same money? I know many things about equipment are subjective; i.e. the color. Some like black, others silver. But I'm talking purely specifications here. Features, S/N ratio, freq response, preout voltages etc. What about Outlaws' powered 5.1 receiver, the 1050 for $500? How does it compare to say, a Denon/Onkyo/Sony/Pioneer/Kenwood $500 receiver? The Outlaw line seems to use some "non-mainstream" proprietary Dolby/DTS decoder chips. Are these as good as what comes in the brands mentioned above? Discuss.