I am glad you liked the setup. Thanks to your advice I have placed an order for the STF 2. For $20 more, it was not a difficult decision to make. But it will be a couple of months before I can check out the entire system in detail though. I'll update my impressions at that time. In the meanwhile here are some reasons why I liked the AVR... Preouts, Its actually the vsx-21thx Elite model in disguise, Amazing reviews from owners, 110 W per channel, THX certified, Native iPod support ($100 worth attachment with some receivers) although I am not a great fan of listening from an mp3 source, From what I have seen it seemed like a great deal for its specs. But listening is believing, I can say I am quite happy to the extent I was able to play with it.