I am just wondering if anybody has actually compared, side to side, one of their mid-priced pre/pros (like the Anthem, Krell, Arcam, Theta, B&K, etc.) with a 2 chan pre in 2 channel music mode only and honestly felt like the pre/pro sounded just as good? In my case, I have never heard a processor that has been able to compete in 2 channel with a 2 chan preamp costing 50-80% less than the pre/pro. I compared my SF Line 1 against an AVM20, and there was no contest. I have heard a Krell Showcase vs. a Musical Fidelity A3.2 CR, and the MF trounced the Krell in terms of soundstage, depth, clarity, etc. It seems like a hefty price to pay in some pre/pros just for the processing capability, when pure 2 channel sound can be had for much less. Just wondering. Any thoughts and/or opinions would be greatly appreciated.