My preamp busted. It started making a hiss on and off a few days ago. It would go like 6 seconds hissing, 5 seconds silent, 6 seconds hissing, 5 seconds silent. It did not matter if the only things turned on were the preamp and the amplifier. It didn't matter what was going on with the surround modes, or 6 channel in. The hiss was not affected by the volume control. It was like hisss.....silence....hisss.....silence....hisss... ..silence.... Drove me nuts. So I tried to reset the unit, and now it won't turn on at all whatsoever. It's totally dead. Less than a year old but I bought it from a reseller on eBay and I don't think that my "receipt" will be good for warrantee purposes. Actually I don't want to insult the manufacturer by even asking. They've been very good to me in the past with customer service. So the short story is I need a new preamp. Let's hear some suggestions. I want to keep the price as low as humanly possible. I'll be willing to do without DTS (maybe buy a Millenium 2.4.6 at $200 for that purpose) if I can get a good DD only preamp for really cheap (like under$300). Heck, even an old 5.1 ready pre would work, as I have a DD decoder in the attic (for under $200). Used is OK, doesn't scare me. I need loads of S-video switching for SVHS, DVD, Satellite, CLD-99 LaserDisc (which mean the H/K Signature 2.0 as much as I like it, is out). I don't really need a RF in since I have my old DD decoder and can use the 5.1 channel in. I do absolutely need a 5.1 channel in (which excludes the Sony 9000ES I believe). Suggestions? 5.1 is all I need, I have a nice Sherwood Newcastle AM-9080 amplifier and little room for more speakers. (though this would be a nice excuse to go for 6/7.1.....) I am right now leaning heavily towards the Outlaw 950 preamp. I have had good experience with the ICBM, and would consider Outlaw. It is more than I want to spend, by a long shot, but I'm kinda stuck here and DPLII would be nice for all my old ProLogic LaserDiscs.