I have an old Kenwood receiver, the KR-X1000. At its time, it was top-end, but that was 7-8 years ago. It is a THX receiver, but does not have DD or DTS processing. Its main feature though is a set of "main in" and "pre-outs" for all 5 channels. This was designed for addition of extra processing, via external DD component with the main-ins and possible addition of stand-alone amplifier through the pre-outs. Here is the situation: I purchased a Sony DVP-CX777ES 400 disc mega-changer. One of the main pluses of this was that it has built-in DD and DTS process through its 5.1 outputs. The plan was to output those to the main-ins of the receiver to get DD and DTS processing through the player. That works fine, except for one thing that I thought might be a problem: Volume Control! The receiver, due to the fact that it is being by-passed with the main-ins, has no control over the volume coming out of the player. I tried adjusting volume through the player itself, but that doesnt work either. I thought that since it has main-ins, this should work fine. Anyone have any ideas on how to get this to work and how to control the volume with this situation. I am hoping the answer is not to get a newer receiver, as this one works fine for what I want it to do. Is there somewhat to get volume control with this configuration. Thanks for any insight or help.