I've owned a Denon AVR-1700 receiver for many years now. It does not feature S-video switching, DTS, DPL-II, or have a worthwhile remote. I'd like to jump on the high-def bandwagon and I will need a receiver that can handle component video switching. Other goals are to aquire a user-friendly remote control (now that I'm married) and gain DPL-II and DTS decoding. While 6.1 or 7.1 sound is likely in my future, it is not a priority now, so I'd "settle" for 5.1. That said, I added an HK PA5800 amplifier to my system soon after buying the receiver. HK had just discontinued it, the former $1000 amplifier became an absolute STEAL at only $300. For about four years, it has powered my three very innefficient front speakers and a home-built Shiva subwoofer with ease. In it's prime, the amplifier drew much praise as being an outstanding value even at its MSRP of $1000. Anyway, as I said, I'm ready to upgrade. And now that I have the amplifier, it seems that upgrading to a pre/pro would be the obvious choice- but their are no budget options for this! I'd really rather not spend more than $400 (I expect to buy used/refurbished). For that money, it seems I'm limited to using another receiver as a pre/pro. Doesn't that seem like a total waste? Searching on the boards here, it seems like others have run into the same dilemma of dedicated pre/pro's being unreasonably priced for an entry-level home theater. Do you think I am better off selling my amplifier for $300 (if that) and adding that to my receiver budget? That's getting into the ballpark of a similarly amplified HK7200 receiver (among others). Though, I believe in deminishing returns with receiver upgrades, and I doubt a mere $300 receiver upgrade could possibly oust this once "best amplifier under $2000". What would you do? I'm eyeballing the HK DPR-1001 as a pre/pro, though I have more of an affinity for Denon products.