Thanks for the welcome John, and the link wid.
I can see why the DTS comment was confusing, as I was just pointing out something reviewers called out as an issue with their HK 300. I haven't experienced it, and sorry for the confusion.
I don't hear any distortion at high volumes. So now I have the feeling that buying an amp will be 90% placebo effect due to money spent on it. After listening to a NIN DVD and reading through the comments/Alan's article, I've concluded to just save the money and if need be, buy a better receiver down the road.
Thanks for the feedback everyone, my wallet thanks you. I'm going to go punch the guys who keep telling me "It's only money, go buy it!"