Ok, I built my system the wrong way, and now I'll admit it. After spending all this money on speakers, amps, cables and still not being happy with high volume performance.
Denon 2900 fixes everything over the old Pioneer DV-414. I've actually only listened to it for about 15 minutes so far, but it's completely and utterly night and day. I wasn't expecting the digital out to even have that much of a difference, since it's still using the H/K's DTS decoder, but it completely fixed the off-axis problem I was having with the Hell Freezes Over DVD in 5.1 and is much more liquid.
On CD's low end is tightened greatly and high end has lost almost all its brightness but retained detail - well this I had expected, with the much improved (I know, not the best) DAC. Now I have to wait a week to afford SACD's and the 5ch analog IC's, pain!
Anyway, just had to post and share my joy, now I'm really gonna want an HD monitor... eek!