... describe me. Pre/Pro? Obviously a system of components will require an Amp, a Pre/Amp, and Tuner. Currently I'm looking at the 898 from Onkyo... essentially all the toys and wheels but I don't think it has Prologic II. It is THX Select 7.1 certified. Powering a Klipsch system of RF3-II's including 2 Towers and 4 Surround speakers (two on sides and two at the rear working in series for 6.1 as a center, if I were to go 6.1 instead of 7.1). Sub is Paradigm, 12". What is necessary to obtain a comparable setup for an AVR in Separates? Is pricing and performance going to end up working out to be near the same? It seems to me that the obvious is to purchase an amplifier with the output you will need for years to come (in my case, I'm looking for 100 x 7 at 8 ohm), and upgrade the peripheral components as technology insists. My apologies for the newbieness of the question. A detailed search of threads didn't bring up any answers that really helped.