A friend of mine is trying to decide between these two recievers. He bought the 1ES, but wants to be sure he made the right choice. Are there any compelling reasons to choose one over the other? After reading through the manual and comparing them more closely he has discovered that the sony only has matrixed 6.1 and the denon has true 6.1. Also the denon has a zone 2. Are there any other reasons to buy one over the other. and please hard facts...not denon is just better than sony or vise versa. Thanks for the help Nick one more thing. Does the Denon do video switching? RCA to S video is what I'm looking for.