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My reccomendation would still be the Onkyo 575X which can be bought for $420 delivered (shipping included but no tax) for bestpriceaudiovideo.com. I have enjoyed Sony products for years, my last receiver was a non-digital Sony surround receiver I used for 10 years. I was pre-disposed to go with a Sony product, but the Onkyo blows away any Sony in the under-$600 range. The build quality is better, the features are better (especially the remote) and Onkyo understates specs instead of exaggerating as does Sony. The difference is every Sony except the extreme high-end models is constrained to less that full wpc by an inadequate power supply. The Onkyo has a massive transformer and caps, the power supply will allow all channels to be driven to full output all day long without overheating or distortion. You can hear the difference - the Onkyo has more audible headroom than any mid-range Sony and that makes it better for 5.1 theater sound. Don't take my word for it - audition the two with the same source and speakers.
[This message has been edited by Gary McCoy (edited 01-23-2001).]
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