Hey Boy's and Girl's. I got off the phone and my LSi9's have shipped. My next upgrade will be a 2 channel Power amp. I have a number of questions. First a little history. I had PSB 400's. I use a NAD 320BEE intergrated amp. A Sony SCE775 sacd player. I just purchased Polk Audio LSi9 bookshelve speakers. My current room is rather small. 15x10. This setup will change and I figure the next room will be about 20x20. My goal is to buy a 2 channel power amp, and use my NAD intergrated as a pre for the short term. Then my last up grade, will be a true higher end pre-amp that will mate well with my existing system. On with the questions: 1. I know balance is important and I've always strived for balance. The LSi9 bookshelves retail for $1500CDN what kinda money should I be prepared to put away for a power amp? What ratio have you been spending on amps, speakers, pre's? Would buying a Bryston 3B ST be overkill for a $1500 CDN speaker combo? Factoring in the AMP/pre combo would be more then double that number? 2. What brands would you recommend? YES I will always rely on my ears, but a few suggestions would be nice. Nad, Rotel or Arcam? Or should I kick it up a notch and look higher such as Bryston, Anthem, Classe? Or inbetween, like Blue Circle, Creek? This also relates back to my first question about balance. I'm not worried about money as I can always save, I'm more worried about direction and having a goal outlined. 3. What models within these brands would you recommend? A particular Linn, creek, rotel, nad you recommend? 4. Would it be in my best interest to stick with the same pre-amp down the road, and does it matter? I really need help balancing the ratio, and particular ratio's you have used. For those of you who are not familuar to the Polk Audio LSi9's. They are a very nice bookshelve speaker. They don't get much recognition, lack of dealers and brandwide recognition probably don't help. They are a 4ohm speaker, and I would easily compare them to Paradigm Studio 40's, Energy Veritas 2.1's or PSB Stratus Mini's. Hope I get some help, thanks.