Hi, I'm new to the forum. I am also fairly new to HT. I am looking to purchase a new receiver. I have done a large amount of research through the forums and elsewhere. I have narrowed down my selections to the Sony STR-DE885 and the Pioneer VSX-D811S. They are the around the same price and have basically the same features. I am interested to see if anyone has any suggestions on the better model. Also, the Pioneer has DTS-ES and neo:6, while the Sony does not. Are these formats worthwhile, or are they just bells & whistles at this point? Thanks for any help.