I have a Pioneer Elite Vsx-23 thx that I am about to dump because although it does an awesome job for movies, I really dislike it for 2 channel listening. I am seriously at wits end. I am running an Emotiva Xpa-5 amp & a Pioneer bpd-05fd for blurays. Upon purchase I did the whole mcacc set-up. I havent touched the more advanced settings like the e.q. etc. I would appreciate you guys chiming in on what I may be doing wrong. The sound is okay, but I know it can be better. Also please include what you set your Pioneer avr to when listening in 2 channel. Please be specific. F.Y.I- I set mine to "pure direct" mode. I also set it on "stereo" mode sometimes, but it seems really bright on that setting. On "stereo" mode I blew out the crossover & tweeter on my Polk Audio lsi15 with the volume at -28dbs!! Thats not even loud! What the heck! Guys help!