I think this may have to do with the Onkyo power issue. My equipment: Toshiba 2109 DVD player Onkyo 595 Home Theater Direct 5.1 set (Combo Y) with two towers. (Not using the sub right now, mains set to large, rest to small — but I would like the surrounds to large). Bettercables silver serpent s-video and digital coax Home Depot speaker wire. My problems: 1.Some DVD dialogue sounds harsh coming out of the center channel. I was watching Glory (the new two-disk edition) and it was driving me crazy (mostly during "at" sounds). But then the next day I watched Pay It Forward and there was none of that. Do some DVDs have poorer sound? Could it be something else. Is it just that the speaker isn't perfect, not a $500 center? 2.And sometimes I get a little crackling (static-like sound) when all five-speakers are going in an intense, loud scene. Solution? I think the 595 doesn't have enough to properly power the HTDs and that I'm getting a little amplifier clipping in loud scenes. I mean, these HTDs are big and almost all handle up to 125 watts. I just don't think the 595 can handle these (this newbie may be wrong). http://store.yahoo.com/htd/levthre51set.htm Would upgrading to the 696 - or another receiver you would recommend - be advisable? Any help would be greatly recommended.