First off I am looking for used equiptment, I will be looking on ebay, audiogon, and places like that. I am not too sure what I am looking for, it depends on what I can get for the money. my number one objective is to find something that sounds great with music. My current setup Kenwood VR407 Sony SCD-775CE JVC XV-90FA Some crap VCR PS2 Polk RT2000p - mains Polk LSiC - center Polk FX500i - surrounds I am planning on upgrading to LSi9's or LSi15's up front when I find a great deal. So I will want something that will work with 4-ohm speakers. Max price for 2.0 preamp should be $200, max for 5.1 is $300. I would really like to spend less if I could. First the pre-amp. The main thing I want is better 2.0 performance. Unless i can get great 5.1 or 7.1(for dvd-audio and SACD) perfomance for the same price. How do recievers compair? For the amp same sort of price range. How would a reciever in that price range work with a 2 channel amp? compaired to the pre? I have been looking at adcom(not sure what) nad(not sure what good) harman kardon( Signature 2.0, and AVR-320) onkyo( P-304) what about other things like AMC, or Sherwood? What are other good ideas? how does the sound compair to different things?