I’m interested in the opinions of those of you who have bought flagship type receivers (i.e. Denon 5803, Pioneer VSX-49TX, B&K AVR-507, etc.) as to whether you’ve ever thought you would have been better off buying separates instead. I’m planning on getting a Pioneer VSX-49TXi in the near future and it seems to have all the features I can reasonably foresee needing and adequate power for the size of room and speakers it will be driving. I will be using the receiver primarily for home theater with what I believe will be KEF 203 or 205 mains, a KEF 202c center and KEF 201 rears. It seems to me that the Pioneer has near universal rave reviews from it owners and no longer suffers from the problem of shutting down with 4 ohm speakers. On the other hand, many forum members advocate going with a separate pre/pro and amplifier. As I see it, for a street price of about $2500 for most of the flagship receivers, you get a tremendous amount of capability and features and an excellent upgrade path. If you need more power down the road, simply buy the amp you need at one of the used equipment sites like Audiogon or Ebay and you can have all the power you need. Worst case, if you really crave separates down the road, a flagship receiver will always be a great choice for another room, the office, or for your kids. What are your thoughts?