After searching through the threads and not finding any info on this I decided it was time to ask for help. My Pioneer VSX-1014TX has been a great receiver so far. I've had a few mid-high end receivers over the years and this one is as least as good if not better in 5.1. However, in stereo 2 channel mode it seems very lacking. The first thing I notice between 5.1 and 2 channel is the lack of any real bass. I'm not a bass nut, but I do want to hear it. I've had this receiver a little over a year now, but normally only use it for home theatre and not for music. Lately though I've been using it more and more for music. I don't run a sub, but my left and right channels are run by Yamahas that have 15" subs on them (not powered). In movies the bass is perfect and really has some power when it's needed. I have a standard run of the mill sony DVD player that I use for CD's as well. It's connected to the receiver digitally with a coaxial cable. I get the exact same sound however if I use my old CD player (analog connection). So I know it's not the digital connection or the analog connection. It has to be something in the receiver. Just upping the bass in the tone settings doesn't add much of anything. The 2 channel sound in general is pretty flat, but like I said before the bass is the first thing you notice missing. I have run through the MACC, so that's all setup. Any help you guys can give me would be great. Thanks!