I just need some opinions and a couple of questions answered. I'm looking at getting one of them used pretty soon (they're both on Ebay right now). My system: Receiver: Sony ES STR-DA80ES Power Amp: Parasound HCA-1205A Main Speakers: B&W 602s2 Center Speaker: B&W CDMCNT Rear Speakers: Polk Audio RT1000p Subwoofer: Paradigm PW2200 I'm a bit biased toward the Parasound (I have experience with them, and the Re-eq feature), although the Sherwood has gotten good word of mouth. This brings me to my questions. 1. To those that have direct experience with it, does the Parasound have the problems/quirks that AudioReview brings up (loud pops, squealing when detecting Dolby Digital/DTS)? 2. As far as I understand, the Parasound does not have an analog bypass on the main stereo inputs, so could the 5.1 input be used as one (and is this viable)? 3. As I've understood it, the Parasound leans to the warm side of neutral while the Sherwood leans to the bright side. Is this accurate? Thanks in advance everyone.