Rcarlsen- How would you characterize the sound? How is it different than the old Ovation? How is the Digital to analog conversion? I rarely use it for HT, and probably wouldn't use the 8 channel analog pass through. I'm kind of hesitant to upgrade now, because in the next 12 months another upgrade will probably be available allowing direct conversion of digital DVD-A or SACD inputs, and 24/192K (rather than 24/96) capability. These changes are eventual, and every digital mfgr is readying desings to do it (They are waiting for the standards and software to be finalized). As far as I can see this would be the big chage that would come, and I would hate to have to upgrade twice.