ok first thing is i think i need some mind reassurance here i've been looking at av receivers since christmas and i chose a denon avr1803 from empiredirect but it blew up in a big way after 10mins of use. had a nightmare getting it picked up by empiredirect. i wanted my money back but they persuaded me to have a replacment model on the conditions i get the full 12months warrenty. so after running the replacement ( i must stress at this point i was very nervous about turning it on due to the nature of the first unit blowing up and the hastle of returning it.) for 4 days i came home rfom work turned it on and upon turning the volume up it shut down into standby i descovered it was only when i selected settings that gave me the options to use the rear speakers(7.1) but if i chose stereo setting which won't let me use the rear speakers i could crank up the volume as load as it goes. so what i had now was another amp gone wrong, and i can't begin to tell u the trouble i had sending this one back, not that empiredirect wouldn't have it back but they kept telling me they booked a pick up but never did, it finaly went this friday. i purchase over the internet a hell of a lot and this experiance has left me scared in respect of buying another amp over the net. sorry for the above long winded text but i thought i had to put u in the pictur first. now for the help bits. 1st... am i just very very unlucky here that i had 2 new denon units that had 2 different things go wrong with them in a very short period, shall i stear clear of denon as this makes me want to do so even though i like there amps very much.?? 2nd... after having these avr1803 amps i realised that i didn't really need the 7.1 feature just 5.1 but do need a A/B speaker option to run speakers in the other half of my living room, the avr1803 does not have the A/B speaker option. i was thinking of going down in models to just 5.1 but with A/B option (avr1603) or up in model where u get 7.1 as well as A/B speaker option (avr2802) i was thinking of going down to RS but i can't see anything on there website that takes my fancy. what do you think. thanx for any help on this. BJ.