Laxguy, I don't know which model Denon you have, so these suggestions may not apply since there are certainly differences between models. My current setup is the classic 7.1 speaker setup using the 2 back channels. The room I'm in and the way it is laid out makes that very doable. I'm assuming you've run the Audyssey setup, but if you haven't, it is worth doing. I listened to mine before running that and the difference in performance and sound was very much improved. Also, for my TV watching, I have selected the Movie mode which means on mine that is is decoding Dolby 5.1 and layering Dolby PIIx to fill in the 2 back channels, and also layering over the PCM when the channel isn't doing Dolby 5.1. If you're not doing 7.1, then layering Dolby PIIx will fill in the surrounds and give your room a fuller sound. It does an excellent job of this. I also do that same kind of layering for the BluRay discs so that if they are not encoded with a full 7.1 soundtrack (and most aren't), then it fills in those back speakers. Basically by using that layering, you get a better immersion in the soundfield and makes it more movie theater like. One other thing that I like with the networkable Denons is that they can be controlled a bit by a web browser. And it works mostly in just about any web browser on any platform. But on Windows only, not only can you control it, you can save your configuration to disk. That could come in handy if I ever need to do a complete unit reset, or if it needed to be sent off for repair.