I was wondering if any of you 2 channel purists had opportunity to compare an integrated amp vs stereo separates. I would think if you don't need more than 100 watts, an integrated amp might even be sonically superior. This is cut and paste from a Secrets review of the Acurus DIA150: http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...er-7-2001.html There are many products that have taken a stab at providing an alternative to satisfy audiophile needs. Perhaps one of the most successful is the Two Channel Integrated Amplifier. It incorporates the source switching, volume control, and other functions, with the power amplifier all in one box. Let us take a quick look at the pros and cons: Pros: - Cheaper. You will save a substantial amount compared to the cost of the same separate pre and power units. Many manufacturers offer the same pre and power sections in integrated and separate units, and they do cost more. - Fewer connections. You do not need the set of interconnects between the pre and power sections. Besides the money saved, you have also just reduced the total degradation of that dainty analog signal. - Fewer boxes. My wife has not stopped thanking me. Though I would consider many models for my primary system, integrated products are the perfect solution for second systems in bedrooms, offices, studies, etc. Cons: - Limited power ratings. Most models are below 100 wpc into 8 ohms, and very few models are capable of driving low-efficiency power hungry speakers. - You cannot experiment with combinations of different pre and power units. - Home theater integration is only possible in some models that have a bypass feature for the preamplifier section. Arcam has models that provide surround decoding, but only two channels of amplification. The only real argument against the the two-channel integrated amplifier, I feel, is when you may be hooked on speakers that demand more power. Otherwise, hands down, I feel integrated is the way to go.