So I've got an "in" at Best Buy, and these are the two best choices they have in my price range (other than the silver Kenwood). I've had 3 Sony's, the latest being an STRDE675, and have been very happy with them. I was planning on the 995 but if anyone can tell me why the Yamaha would be better, my mind could be swayed. The differences I notice right off are: Sony 7.1 vs. Yamaha 6.1 Sony 110watts/7channels vs. Yamaha 85watts/6channels Yamaha appears to have "discrete" 6.1 while it doesn't say that for the sony. Thanks for the help.