Two weeks ago I bought Yamaha RX-V1500, and since then I have playing with the settings. I did read the manual very carefully, I did try every possible setting, but I just can't hear a real, smooth bass, when I play music CD in straight mode. It helps a little bit when I use the tone control and the equalizer, but I don't think the sound is like it should be. If I use a subwoofer, the bass reproduction is improved, but when I select in LFE/BASS OUT option "Front speakers", there is no bass from my front speakers. Before RX-V 1500, I had Yamaha RX-V795, so I know how the stereo sound should be. Then I decided to make a head to head comparison, between the two Yamahas I have. And in stereo mode the RX-V795/five years old model/ win over RX-V1500/new model/. It has more power and dynamic, and the test was made without use of subwoofer. Personal I think the Yamaha RX-V1500 is not for direct stereo music. Don't misunderstand me: It's a great receiver, but only for home cinema.