Sound & Vision reviewed 3 mid-priced 6.1 receivers: Denon AVR-2802 Pioneer VSX-D850S Sony STR-DB1070 The short review: They picked the Denon over the other two, but the other two were pretty close, with the Sony offering more DSP modes. But the Denon got good marks for better implementation of LFE crossover filter behavior, and it has DPL II which impressed the reviewer. The surprising measured stat was that the Sony only put out 31W for all channels driven, while the Denon put out 74W and the Pioneer put out 67. The overall difference is only about 3dB less output with the Sony, but given its nominal wattage output of 100W/ch is a bit misleading (But for just one channel driven, the numbers even up: Sony 1015W, Denon 124W, Pioneer 100W). Anyhow, if you're remotely interest in any of these 3 receivers, you might want to get the new December issue of S&V and read the rest of their review.