OK, OK I know they aren't NAD or another gucci brand, but I do have a neighbour who works for them and can get a healthy discount, enabling me to get more receiver for the buck than I could otherwise. I'm wondering if anyone has opinions on: Sony STR-DA3100ES/B - AV receiver - 7.1 (retails for 830) SONY STR-DA3000ES ES (Elevated Standard ) Audio/Video Receiver (retails for 630) Sony 7.1 Channel Surround Receiver - SNY-STRDA2100ES (retails for 520) The 3100 would probably be my top choice and I like the uncluttered finish. It's not like the Yamaha's I looked at which had dials and buttons gallore. The 3000ES seems to be along the same lines. Power output is about the same and shold be plenty for my needs. THD is about the same for all models. The only thing I am not sure of is if they have the mic hook up for automatic equalising - not a requirement, but it would be nice. It's either that or get a Denon 1907, Pioneer VSX-1016TXV or VSX-80TXV (based on specs and not listening to them) Thanks!