My current setup is *Marantz 7200 receiver (found out it's only 27wpc with all channels driven from Sound & Vision mag.) *Outlaw 755 amp (200wpc) *Paradigm Studios all around This is my story. I bought the Outlaw amp to give my Studios more punch. I barely notice any difference except for more bass but not cleaner sound. Since I've already stepped my half my foot into the door into going separates should I go all the way? My question is will I benefit anything if I buy the outlaw 950 pre/pro or any preamp for under a grand?? Do different brands of preamps have a different kind sound processing that makes them better than others? My use is 70 HT/ 30 music. I'm sorta new to separates, so I'm hoping my comrades here can explain to me what's the deal with separates?? Is the sound any cleaner and crisper, will the THD level be lower since the amp is powering the speakers and not the receiver?? Or does the THD matter at all? What should I be looking out for. And what's this I hear about a "balanced audio output" from preamps. I'm really curious why I shouldn't just get a nice receiver instead. There's a lot of raves about the Anthem AVM20, will I get better sound processing from that compared to a receiver that's around $1500 bucks. I really want to know what justifies the cost of these expensive pre/pros. Any suggestions and inputs is greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!!!