I have been searching for a new receiver since December and I never seem to be happy. I am always finding something I am not happy with and I think I will be happier with something else. I don't have the money for a big budget system, yet I don't think I will be happy till I have one. The grass is always greener on the other side..... Here is my story..... The first home theater system I bought was actually a present to my parents for Christmas. It was a sony home theater in a box (pro-logic, no sub). Its actually not too bad for a box set. It has an easy to listen to smooth sound. Its not an "accurate" setup but it is very nice for background music and just enough for movies. I even upgraded them with a sub because I felt their speakers were struggling too much! My first (and only) system was bought around December 2000. I have Paradigm Monitor series speakers along with a Paradigm PDR-10 sub. It was powered by a Yamaha 596 receiver. I sounded great....for a few months. Then I noticed that the highs were too bright and there wasn't enough bass or midrange. Music sounded bad and HT sounded OK....and it bothered me. In December of 2001, I started looking for a new receiver and after much searching decided on a Marantz 8200 and thought all would be well. I was even moving all my equipment into a new room downstairs where I could have the speakers, TV, couch and sub could be where ever I wanted them. How could things be bad!? The sound on the Marantz was great, but then I noticed the dreaded delay with digital sources. ...and it drove me crazy. Yeah, I know I could get a better DVD player and the delay would be not as noticable, but I already overspent by around $500 and the salesman wasn't being much of a help at all. The Marantz went back because if a $400 receiver didn;t have delays with any source I felt an $1600 receiver shouldn't either. I miss the sound but I still feel the same way. So now I bought a Denon 3802, and again I was happy.... at first. I was able to get music to sound great in direct mode using the RCA cables, but I felt that all digital sources sounded dull. Great...I went from bright to dull. Then I noticed a hiss coming from all channels. The receiver is now in the shop to see if the hiss is considered a "problem" and if the dullness in the upper frequencies is actually the receiver or just me being picky. Every once in awhile, I still get a thought stuck in my head that maybe an Onkyo or Sony would be better, but then I remember the fatigue I had from the brightness in the Yamaha/Paradigm combo and I tell myself all will be OK with the Denon. I think I have a sickness called upgraditis. I always find something that needs improvment and won't be happy till I have it! Anyone else in the same boat? or is it just me? Please help..... Hmmm.........That SVS looks really sweet.....I think I need one.....must refuse.......HELP!