I currently have a Sony TAE-9000ES pre-amp and temporarily using my old Kenwood THX KRX-1000??? (this is the old Stereophile recommended recv) as the 5-ch amp running 5 NHT SB3s and an SW2Pi sub. I would like to replace the Sony pre-amp with something that can do component switching. I like the Sony b/c it doesn't noticably degrade the video like soooo many pre-amps do, so I'm looking for something new that shares this quality with the Sony. I hate the Sony remote and would prefer the new pre-amp to have a "normal" one-way hard button remote that can be used to program my Home Theatre Master remote. I'm looking to spend about $1500 on the pre-amp and buying used is always an option. I would also like to replace the Kenwood that I'm using for the amp (actually move it to another system). The sound quality for music (2-ch) is the highest priority here. I just don't know what amps to try to match the NHT's??? Again the price should be under $1500 and used is OK. I have a small room and don't listen at insane levels, so I'd guess that anything 100 watts/ch should be enough as along as it has decent headroom. TIA for any suggestions.