Well I went out and bought one of these Saturday. I have a hk avr-325 receiver and ar hc5 speakers, so you will know what I am using for comparison. So far the panny holds it own in all modes.In Regular fm stereo it outperforms the hk. Cd listening it also does a little better, and as far as dd movies it is pretty much a toss up between the two. I haven't used dts yet so I can't say. The panny has plenty of power,even though it is rated at 6 ohms. I haven't heard any distortion at all and I have had it pretty loud, but probably not reference levels. As far as looks, I really like how small and lite it is. Remember now this is just one mans opinion and take it for what it is worth. I think though that it is a keeper for me. I will give some more input when I use it a little longer.