Please forgive me if this is not the most appropriate forum for this topic, but I saw it had a large readership and I, and many others I'm sure, really need help. For the last two months, I have been very deliberately studying and shopping for a whole new HT system. I will wind up spending a relatively moderate sum as compared to a lot of you, but, like anyone, I want the best deal. For example, I have decided on the STRDA4ES receiver. I have found this receiver listing for as little as $649.00 + s/h online. That's $350.00 less than MSRP. I have been shopping at Ultimate, but they won't come close to this price; even knowing that I intend on buying a TV, speakers, etc.. Sunshine Electronics, the dealer I found the lower price claims to be an authorized Sony dealer. The rep at Ultimate said that there in no such thing as authorized Sony e-tailers. I argued that if this were a b&m store supplementing their revenue stream with e-business, they in fact, could be an authorized dealer. My question then is this: Can we, the buying public, purchase from internet e-tailers without fear of being denied warranty service? If any of you know of specific internet e-tailers with a good reputation and are 'official' dealers, I would appreciate any input. p.s. - I totalled my shopping list of items and the difference between buying at e-tailers prices vs. retail was approx $6500 vs. $8500. I don't know too many people that would scoff at $2k!