Hah, not a yorx. But seriously, even the entry level units from yesteryear sound VERY good compared to modern big box store receviers. I'm running a Pioneer QX4000 in my office (Quadraphonic, with 4 advent speakers), and while it was an entry-level quad receiver in 1974, it's one of the sweetest sounding receivers I've ever laid ears to. I've got a Toshiba SC-665 power amp with SY-665 preamp in the den, and a Pioneer SA-5800 integrated amp in the bedroom. All of these sound amazing. The QX4000 was my father's, but the rest were yard sale and thrift shop finds. Two years ago, my girlfriend desperately wanted a receiver with bluetooth for her bedroom, so she could listen to audiobooks from her phone in bed. I bought her a nice mid level receiver with good reviews, and it.... well, it works wonderfully for her usage, which is audio books and blasting Pentagram, but the sound quality is far away from any of my ancient old receivers. Part of it is they just don't make them the same way anymore. All of my old gear is HEAVY. They all have giant transformers inside. Modern equipment, especially the mid-level stuff, tends to use too much feedback and too-small transformers, resulting in a harsher sound. It's hard to desribe until you hear them side by side in an A/B test. Two other really great machines were Sony STR-7045 and the Kenwood KR-4070. I wish I still had the kenwood. The Sony actually sounded better, but I couldn't get past the awkward input selection switches and knobs. Charles.