Hello everyone, This is my first post here; I mulled over the different forums for 30 minutes and really couldn't find the exact category this belongs in. If it belongs somewhere else, my apologies in advance. I've got a modest HT setup consisting of: 32" Sony Trinitron (not a WEGA)calibrated with the Avia DVD Samsung PS DVD player Kenwood VR-409 receiver Kenwood matched speakers (not HTIB) Fronts 8" midbass/5.25" mid/tweet (110W RMS) Center two 5.25" mids/tweet (110W RMS) Surrounds dipole 6" mid/tweet (80W RMS) Cerwin Vega LW-15 Sub All wired with "OFC" 10 gauge and 14 gauge wire, Monster Cable (yeah, I know) interconnects, etc. I carefully setup my system with a db meter and tweak everything until it's just right. (Don't we all? ) It sounds pretty darn good to me. But.... But under lengthy, high-power transients and passages, the receiver sounds like it's gasping for breath. I am debating getting separate power amps in the neighborhood of 200w RMS/channel to power the speakers. My receiver has RCA preouts for all channels. More than one person (not here in this forum) has suggested upgrading my speakers first before going the separate power amp route. I don't follow this logic, but have done a little research. I've got a $1500-$2000 budget to work w/if that helps. Can you guys/gals make some recommendations? Thanks much.