And, the bottom line is that it all may be coloration, and you are right, there is no right or wrong answer. I went to a Prince concert last year, and I have never heard a system that can duplicate the sound of a concert on that scale. While the sound was deep and immersive (I can see how some women get elated and throw their underwears on the stage), there was no stereo or multi-channel imaging. The sound was just omnipresent. The sound man did an outstanding job with the equalization on the sound board. What I really need is an inexpensive HDMI processor with some kind of equalization so I can get the best sound from my room. I'm seriously considering the Integra 80.3 because I read a statement from Kal Rubinson that an inexpensive processor with room equalization has the capacity to sound better than a more expensive processor with out it. I makes sense to me. I would love to own the Classe CT-SSP, but I refuse to dump that kind of money in a processor that will be worthless in a few years. I made that mistake when I purchased my Arcam AV9 for retail and my Pro 720HD Pioneer Elite. In any event, I appreciate the feed back from everyone.