Howdy, I am a newbie here and have read tons of awesome information, which leaves me with a few questions. I am updating my old "home theater" system and needed help. I listen to music/movies 85/15. I currently have a pioneer vsx series receiver, Bose 301 (Bose is the best right? j/k) and a cerwin sub. I just purchased a pair of paradigm monitor 9's off of a friends recommendation, but i have no intention of connection them to the pioneer. I was looking at a marantz 6200, but i would rather go with separates if possible. I would like to keep the budget to around a grand for the amp/pre amp, but I am not sure what route to take. I have seen Proton mentioned, but I am skeptical because of the low price. If anyone has info on the as-2631/2580 I would love some feed back on them. I am also very open to suggestions. If going the receiver route would be wise at this time, Suggestions for those would be great. I have seen people talk about the Sherwood Newcastle 9080 used, the myryad t-70, and adcom gfa 7300. I realize i would be over 1000 with a pre, but again, if it is worth it value and quality wise, I don't mind too much. Many thanks to anyone who has read through this massive compilation of unorganized thought, and also to those who respond.