Equipment used: Outlaw Audio 1050 6.1 receiver (65wpc x 6) Parasound HCA-855a (85wpc x 5) Paradigm Titans v2 (Mains) Paradigm cc-170 v2 (center) Energy Take2's (surrounds) SVS 20-39pc (acoustic pressure generator) Radio Shack Gold Series interconnects ($4.95 each @ 1m) Toshiba sd-2200 DVD 12x13x8 Livingroom, open to the kitchen along one 12' 'wall' I have been VERY happy with the Outlaw 1050. It has performed flawlessly. I have never worried about a lack of power with this unit, as it is MORE than capable of generating SPL's greater than what I normally listen to. I purchased the 5 channel Parasound amp, used, from Brian AM in preperation for the Outlaw 950 preamp. Since my Outlaw 1050 has pre-outs I figured I would see how much of a difference an external amp makes. I connected the Parasound to my receiver with Radio Shack Gold Series cables (at $4.95 each, hard to beat the price/performance ratio). After using this setup for 2 weeks I can confidently state that the Parasound amp is VASTLY superior in every way! The sound from my speakers has so MUCH more impact, detail and imaging. I was perfectly happy with the sound before the upgrade, now I am just stunned and amazed. Every song I listen to, every DVD I have watched has left me in awe. I cannot believe how much better my speakers sound. Just typing up this review makes we want to go into the other room and listen to yet another song or two. When I purchased the 1050 over a year ago, there was a night and day difference between it and my old pro-logic receiver. Replacing my Paradigm PDR-10 with the SVS was a night and day difference. Adding the Parasound HCA-855a to my ever growing list of equipment was not ...at first. After listening to various CD's (Pink Floyd, Zepplin, Metallica etc.) and watching a couple movies, I really started to notice the detail and imaging differences. After two weeks, I cannot go back. The sound is not any louder (as measured by my RS SPL meter), it is simply much 'better' (fuller, richer, more vibrant, slam, alive ...take your pick). Can't wait to add the 950 into the mix and see what happens!