I was recently considering a purchase of a new HT receiver for the future and was looking into some Sony models, particularly the ES ones (don't worry I wouldn't touch the DE series either guys!)... I also noticed some of the DB series from a few years back that I liked as well... Anyhow my question is regarding what I call the "V" series ES receivers... Like the STR-V555ES V444ES, etc. When were these made (what model year are they)? Are they before or after the DA1/2/4/7 ES? What I know so far is that the DA1/2 ES were rebadged DB models for NA. The DA3/5 ES were the year before the 1/2/4/7ES, correct? I'm looking at getting either a DB930,DB940,DA2ES or DA4ES. I realise the price difference in these receivers, by the way. I also know they are all pretty much used market or NOS finds if you want to get one. I spent a long time in the Crutchfield "archives" looking at these models as well as downloading the manuals. However I can't find much on these V series models and I have no clue how they compare and what the differences are or what year/series they belong. They seem kinda odd! I've also seen models like the DA50ES which I think pre-dates the DA3 and DA5? I would appreciate it if anyone has the time to help me out with this and any recommendations you might have. Roland M. PS: From what I've read here and heard about the DAx000ES receivers I don't really like them too much, plus the silver colour would stick out like a sore thumb!