I've recently had the bug to upgrade again. My current system consists of a Marantz SR-18 receiver, Linn Genki CD player, Revel M20/B15 fronts and PSB center and rears. I am much more picky in 2-channel than in surround. I've had the urge to add 7.1 to my system, as well as adding external amplification to improve my 2-channel listening. The dealer that I have a long-standing relationship with carries none of the entry to mid-level separates... his product goes from Marantz/Yamaha receivers to Bryston/Lexicon separates... no Rotel, etc. in betweeen. Now you're probably saying go buy somewhere else... but this guy works hard to give me unbelievable deals. Right now he is seeing what he can do for me on a Lexicon MC-8, which is WAY beyond my price range. My main question is this: Does the MC-8's amazing D/A processing make my Linn Genki CD player redundant? The CD player is new, and bought from this same dealer, so it's likely I could get nearly full credit for it back on trade. If I plug a reliable transport (perhaps a NAD 541i or similar) into the MC-8 with a digital connection, am I likely to be pleased? I love my Linn... but an analog connection to this Lexicon seems wrong to me somehow... particularly given it's digital strengths. Advice appreciated!