Damn you, seperatists! Haha!! You have given me the fever, and it seemingly unquenchable. Never again will an integrated receiver be in my home. I am very satisfied with my amp, but have been through 4 pre/pro's now in a matter of months. I can never, ever find satisfaction. (I have been frugal, trying to buy used and stay under $1000 for my pre/pros. Looks like I am going to have to raise my budget a bit to get what I want.) After reading up on the B&K Reference 30, it sounds like what I am really looking for- a great sounding pre/pro that is FLEXIBLE- i.e. lots of inputs, plenty of the new surround modes, THX certified, parametric EQ and notch filters for room compensation. But I want to hear from those who have had experience with this pre/pro. What are your impressions? How does it sound? What about ergonomics? Noise floor? The rated signal to noise ratio of 89db is not very impressive to me, but how does it translate into real world performance? Thanks Andrew B.