I'll pose this as a question. What can beat the MC-1 for HT ? not much is my opinion.Assuming this, what is the downside of the MC1? It would probably be no analog bypass for music No problem just add the class "a" sony tap9000 and now you have a pre with TWO sets of 5.1 inputs for sacd and dvd-audio. It also has ht bypass at the touch of a button. Now you have the best of both worlds, ht and music for about 2500.00 or you can purchase dc1/tap9000 combo for about 1500.00...this would be hard to beat What do you all think ??