I am soon going to be purchasing a pair of 4 ohm speakers that I'm not sure if my receiver can handle at higher volumes. Furthermore, my receiver is also a bit weak as an amp for these speakers. Since I wouldn't actually receive the speakers for another month and I like to be prepared for all contingencies (which is why I am asking now and not just waiting to see), I was wondering if anyone is using their computer as a preamp, and sending the output directly into an amp via RCAs. My idea is to sell my receiver and use that cash to buy a used amp, since I don't have much money to add on. If I did, I'd do separates properly My first question, obviously, is will this work properly? Secondly, I know that it is much easier to control volume on a receiver. If I used something like an ATI Remote Wonder, would I still get something close to the same control over my volume?