I'm in the market for a new receiver, but not sure whether to go with a surround receiver or just a good old fashion 2 channel stereo receiver. The models I am considering are the Rotel RSX-1056 surround receiver or the Rotel RX-1050 stereo receiver. The 1056 runs about $400 more. I plan to use this 50/50 for music/movies, but I probably won't have a need for all those extra channels for a couple of years, if that, at which time it will probably be time to upgrade anyway. What I am more concerned about is any difference in sound quality between a surround and stereo receiver while watching movies, assuming I will only be using the front two channels with either set-up. I understand that all things being equal, a two-channel receiver will sound better than a surround receiver when playing a two-channel source. But is there a difference in the mixes on DVDs where a receiver processing a Dolby Digital track and hooked up to only 2 speakers will sound better than a stereo receiver playing the [potentially inferior] 2-channel mix? One of the features I like about Dolby Digital is the ability to compress dynamic range for late-night viewing, but that's not really a sound quality issue. Bottom line is that I don't want to spend $400 more for a surround receiver that will sound either the same or worse than a two-channel receiver, given that I will only be using 2 speakers. Not to mention I can use that extra $400 to buy higher quality speakers.