I finally got around to fully testing my new Maranztz MM9000 amp. In the same financial constraints as many of you, I wanted to upgrade my system, but I have been short on cash. I have a Sony DB930 receiver, Pinnacle Gold Towers/Center, Axiom QS-8 surrounds, Klipsch KSW-12 sub, Pioneer 563a SACD/DVD-A. None of my stuff is spectacular, but well matched to each other. I was happy with the sound when it was processed with movies/cds or other EQ’d sources, but thought it was lacking with the analog direct modes playing music. Since I am about 70/30 Music/Movies, I thought it was worth the experiment to try this amp from Accessories 4 Less for $621, when local dealers still wanted $1000. Using the Sony as a preamp and connected with Ixon cables, I methodically listened to my favorite tracks for many hours. For all those who are wondering if it is worth a try, it is a definite YES. The sound is punchier, fuller, and more defined at a lower volume setting. It’s also much more musical sounding with Alan Parsons, Toto, Areosmith, Yes, Doobie Bros, Eagles and Elton John SACD/DVD-A. But even more than that, there is a certain silkiness now, a much smoother top end that is amazing. I heard some synth, guitar and horn parts that I never, ever heard, and being a musician, believe me, I listened to this stuff over and over. I am sure that sound wise, it is nothing near what some of you have produced with the high end equipment you invested in. But for a solid, low budget upgrade to step into the path of separates, I highly recommend this unit for anyone in a similar boat as I am. The money I saved on the amp will be put towards a new preamp, if I can decide on one at the Home Theater show in May.