Hmm...which receiver brand has the best pre/pro audio performance??? I've got the bug to upgrade from my Sony DA4ES to something that does the newest audio codecs, as well as decoding DVD-Audio and SACD at the highest levels. My goal is to get away from having to use interconnects and the multi-channel inputs, since when I do that, I get into my whole OCD over-analytical thing about the interconnects. My top priority is the best compromise of audio quality for both movies and music, including my turntable. A significant factor is that the Sony is actually pretty decent on music, so I don't want to step down in that regard. My decision is this: I do have on hand a Sherbourn 5/1500A five channel power amp that has 200wpc(I do realize this would require interconnects, but at least it would only be one set!). Speakers are Legacy Signature II(Front L/R), Paradigm cc570v.3(center), PSB Image 5T(surrounds). So, I could either get a new mid price receiver(preferrably with phono input) or a pre/pro to use with the Sherbourn, OR, sell the Sherbourn and be able to get a more expensive AVR. For a pre-pro, the option that comes readily to mind would be to try to pick up a used Integra 9.8, but they are pricey even used, and hard to find. But with receivers, I am totally bewildered as to which one would offer the best audio quality as a pre-pro. I welcome any thoughts/suggestions.