I have read where some of you guys are lucky enough to have separate 2 channel and HT systems. Some are even luckier and have separate rooms for both. I don't have that luxury, yet. Right now I have an entry level 5.1, Onkyo TX-SR500 with Energy EXl26's for mains and Energy take 2's for the center and surround. Since my system has to co-exist with the furniture and layout in my 16x20 family room I have to stay with the little take 2's and the center channel. I do, however, have some room to play with new main speakers and amp. As far as HT goes, I am satisfied with the present system. To me, HT doesn't warrant spending lots of money unless you want to crack plaster. And, yeh, I know many won't agree with that statement. However, what I do want to do sometime in the future is upgrade my 2 channel sound. All I am planning to have this new system is a CD player, amp, and main speakers. I am looking at new mains, and amp. So here are my questions: 1) My present receiver has no pre-outs and I would like to go with separates for 2 channel. And since I am only concerned with 2 channels I only need a good 2-channel amp. Since my CD player has a gain control on it can I hook the CD player directly to the amp and not use a pre-amp? If not, do you have suggestions on a no frills, good quality, pre-amp? I don't need all of the surround modes, hook-up options etc. that many of the pre-amps have just to run a CD player. 2) When I watch movies how do I integrate the mains to work from the surround receiver if they are also hooked up to the 2-shannel receiver? Do I run wires from both the surround receiver and the new 2-channel amp to the back of the mains? 3) If I get mains that are of much higher quality than my center will the sound integrate as well on HT? 4) Shouldn't I be able to get a good 2 channel amp for < $1000 and if I have to get a pre-amp what would that cost? 5) What brand amp would you recommend? I figure that 100-150 watts PC should be plenty.