Wanting to go to separate. Try to be wise on money available. Have $1500 to get 3-channel SS amp from reputable "audiophile" brand. Will be mated with denon avr2802 (for now ). The amp will also be used to drive center speaker for HT (hence 3-channel). I believe I can get a really good amp at this price range. I like to have one that is able to drive 4-ohm speakers easily with minimal distortion and, and grow (don't upgrade as many times) with the rest of the system, and sounds GREAT--one I don't regret buying after a year or so. Prefer to get one at less than $1000 so I can save money to buy tubed CDP :p). Depending on future budget, I am looking at speakers like GR AV1+, VMPS RM1, nOrh 5.1, Odyssey Circe, Divas, etc. Any recommendation would be appreciated.