I have had the VSX-D811S for about 2 and a half weeks now, and while it is a huge step above my old VSX-D498 in terms of features, I cannot help but feel like the sound quality is much more brittle and harsh. I listened to both the 498 and the 811 with all channels calibrated to 75 dB SPL using Avia, and surprisingly, the 498 seemed to have a much "warmer" sound. In contrast, even at the same SPL the 811 seemed excessively loud (especially on DTS) and overly bright. Dialogue in particular sounded much more grating than it did on the 498. I tried going through the analog 7.1 inputs and using the DD and DTS decoders on my Panasonic CP72, and it actually took away a lot of the brittle and grating sound, but, as to be expected, the Panny’s decoding was sonically dull. I'd be interested to hear other 811 owner's thoughts on the sound quality of this unit and what volume levels you listen at. It makes no sense to me that two units calibrated to the same SPL would seem to output such drastically different volume levels. I suppose I can live with that, but the harsh sound is annoying me. Is the decoder on the 811 bad? Is it a faulty power amp? Or just a lousy unit in general?