My Home Theater: Speakers: Fronts: Klipschorn (Walnut) Center: Klipsch KLF-C7 Rear Surrounds: Klipsch KSP-S6 Subwoofer: SVS 16-46PCi Display Device: Mitsubishi WS-73907 AVR: Sony STR-DA4ES DVD Changer: Sony DVP-CX 875P SACD: Sony DVP-S9000ES Set Top Box: Sony SAT-HD100 Power Center: Monster HTS2500 Cassette: Sony TC-WR875 CD Changer: Sony DCP-CX205 I'm ready to do some upgrades. I'll be ordering the ALK type A crossovers for the Khorns very soon, replacing the CX875P DVD changer with a Sony DVP-CX777ES, so now I need some feedback on what AVR or even separates you guys & gals would suggest based on my budget, my equipment and my preferences. I'm really leaning towards the Sony STR-DA5000ES or Sony's flagship, the STR-DA9000ES. I work there so I get a "decent" discount on some of our stuff. I have a real hard time justifying the cost differential vs. features for the STR-DA9000ES. 3 times more for things I don't think are worth it. So why would I even consider it? Well to be honest, I'm kinda a sucker for flagships. Since the reciever is the heart of any HT, I'm willing to spend a few bucks for a nice unit. I'm not rich and I'm value minded. The rule of diminished returns (I think that's what it's called) is always on my mind before I make a purchase. I'm willing to spend up to $2500 for something very nice but ideally I want to spend less ($1000-$1800). My level of audio sophistication is low to middle. So as usual, I ask more experienced people for advice on whats good, what to stay away from, how much to expect to pay and where to buy from. Basically, I want to take advantage of peoples knowledge and experience and avoid any major mistakes. This unit will be primarily for 5.1 HT (~70%) and some 2.1 audio (~30%) but I do want to explore 5.1 audio and multichannel SACD. I listen mostly to R&B, Jazz and Pop at about -45dB to -35dB. I hear a lot of talk about Denon, HK, B&K, Sony and lately everyone on this forum was very excited about separates from Emotiva for ~$1200 coming out next year. I never heard of Emotiva until last week. I have not ruled out Tubes or separates so please include them. I plan to buy something before Thanksgiving. Let's see, I can't think of anything else you may need to know. I appreicate anything you offer. Please include model. Where to buy suggestions are appreciated but I think I know the most common ones already and I have 1 or 2 favorites myself. Thanxxx in advance.