Hi, I am looking at upgrading my old Sony AVR, I have decided to go with separates to replace the receiver with and a a few questions on what Pre Amp Processor to use. As I stated in a prior post in the Beginers section that my wife watches alot of movies but I am more into lisenting to music. Had some good advise on maybe using an Emotiva Amp. I got to looking around and found that for the money and my price range this is the way I will go. Overall no one has any bad things to say about these amps but want to know if I should go with the XPA 2 To power my Paradigm Monitor 11s and future sub and what preamp should I use with it, should I stay with Emotiva preamp as well ? I have a question, if I decide to upgrade to the UPA -7, should I pair it with a UMC-1 ? I am a liitle confused about what the diferences are by using a processor verses a preamplifier ? My main concern is just good music and I have a budget of around $1600.00 to upgrade my reciever, also, what Paradigm sub do you think I should use with the Monitor 11s ? My Basement Room size is 14 x 30 and will be adding carpet when the room is complete. All the walls are up and I have built my current Samsung 58" Plasma into the wall along with my Sony Reciever, 400 disc CD and DVD Player. I also have my PC hooked up to my plasma reciever and use it for I tunes. Will I still get good sound in 2 channel mode by using the UPA-7 which I am leaning towards ? I am wanting to purchase the Amp / Pre Amp / Prosessor and Sub within in about two weeks, the rest of the basement remodel will be done by then so want to know which way I should go ?